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Carey Spear adding competition at kicker

5/22/2014

Of all the undrafted rookie free agents signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Vanderbilt kicker Carey Spear has to be considered one of the most intriguing players.

Known as "Murderleg" for his ability and penchant to hit players on special teams, Spear will be battling Alex Henery as organized team activities continue.

"No, [I don't hold back], and that's just part of being a team player, trying to embrace the mission," Spear told Philadelphiaeagles.com editor Dave Spadaro. "At Vanderbilt, we had four values -- positive attitude, great work ethic, compete in everything you do and being willing to sacrifice. So that was part of it, just being willing to sacrifice. So whether that's some social time on campus, your body on the field, just being a team player, being all-in, which Coach [Chip] Kelly speaks about being all-in as an Eagle, embracing the mission, being able to sacrifice."

Spear is excited to be with the Eagles and he just wants to get better every day.

"I'm not looking at just making it, right now I'm just focused on being the best teammate I can be," Spear said. "I have great leadership in Jon [Dorenbos], Donnie [Jones] and Al. Those guys have been awesome thus far. In particular, Al's taken me under his wing and shown me the ropes ... I want to make Al better, I want Al to make me better … . Like I said, I couldn't have found a better organization where guys are building each other up and not trying to bring each other down."

The team site noted that Spear hit on 78 percent of his field goals (39-for-50), including four tries of over 50 yards. On kickoffs, just 34 percent of Spear's kicks were not returned, though that number improved to 64 percent during his senior season.

"This is a guy that [special teams coach Dave Fipp] worked out," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told the team site, "and [Fipp] said, 'You have to see this guy. He's a little guy and he throws his body around. He's fun.' So we have some competition there and that's what it's all about. Let's get competition at every spot and let the best man win."