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From the Plains to the pros: Cody Parkey

Editor's note: Auburn has a rich history of sending players to the NFL. With that in mind, beat writer Ryan Black takes a look at each former Tiger that finds himself on an NFL roster (or should be once free agency and training camps shake out). The series will begin with those who have already been in the league for more than one season and conclude with the latest crop of players to land in the NFL, either through the draft or as an undrafted free agent.

Cody Parkey, Indianapolis Colts

Position: Kicker

Drafted: Undrafted; signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in May

Career stats: N/A; rookie season

2014 outlook:

The Colts signed

Adam Vinatieri

to a two-year contract extension in March. So it's safe to say Parkey won't be seeing much time this year barring an injury to the veteran entering his 19th NFL season. But what's the rush? There are worse situations than the one the former Auburn placekicker finds himself. He enters his rookie season under no pressure and on a probable playoff team. Individually, he gets learn under one of the best kickers in NFL history before eventually taking the reins. What's not to like?