Versatility Could Help Parrish Stick With Eagles

The release of punter Durant Brooks earlier today leaves the Philadelphia Eagles with two punters--Sav Rocca and Ken Parrish--on its 80-man off-season roster:

Rocca, a 6-5, 265-pound Australia native who has averaged 37.1 yards (net) per punt over the last three seasons, and is coming off a 2009 season where he established career bests in net punting average (38.3 yards), punts inside the opponents 20-yard line (26), and fewest return yardage allowed (229 yards).

A restricted free agent this off-season, the 36-year old Rocca was tendered at the "Original Round" level, and will earn $1.101 million dollars if he's on the roster for the entire 2010 season.

Parrish, 25, is a former Monroe County (PA) police officer who has never punted in an NFL game, but Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Parrish has learned a skill that could give him an edge in a competition with Rocca: Kickoff specialist.

"I guess I did good enough last year that they wanted to bring me back and see it again," Parrish said. "Last year was my first real year of going at it live (with kicking), so I'm just fine-tuning every day.

"Punting and kickoff is two different swings, all different muscles and everything like that. I think that's why a lot of people get confused on it."

Eagles kicker David Akers had 11 touchbacks last season, but at 35 years old, having him focus on field goals and extra points would make sense.

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