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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Is Akers the best PK in the league?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Our friends at Moving The Chains blog are in the midst of their annual season-in-review series. Sheil Kapadia begins his analysis by discussing David Akers' season. There's a reason the man was voted onto the All-Pro team.

And as you saw other kickers falter in the playoffs, it's hard to argue that any team is in a better situation than the Eagles. I'm sure new special teams coach Bobby April would like to see deeper kickoffs from Akers, but he'll settle for a guy who connected on 32-of-37 field goals in '09.

The Cowboys and Redskins are wandering in the place-kicking wilderness this offseason and Lawrence Tynes of the Giants is a middle-of-the-pack guy. Meanwhile, former Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk remains on the street. That's one of the most remarkable kicking stories of the NFL season. How did one of the league's best suddenly get the yips?

Some team should at least take Folk to training camp. In fact, I think the Redskins would be wise to go that route.