The Philadelphia Eagles made some moves today. With kicker Caleb Sturgis headed to the I.R after suffering a hip injury in the game against the Washington Redskins, the Eagles needed a new kicker. They held some tryouts for some veteran kickers like Nick Novak, but decided to get a younger leg off a practice squad.
Rookie kicker Jake Elliott joins the Eagles
That leg is former Memphis kicker, Jake Elliott. Elliott was a fifth round pick from this past years draft. He was in a battle with veteran kicker, Randy Bullock, in preseason. The fifth rounder ended up losing and getting put on the practice squad. Then today, the Eagles decided to steal the Memphis product from Cincinnati. He will most likely just be here as a stop gap until Caleb Sturgis gets healthy. Quite obviously, Jake Elliott has never kicked in the NFL before but he did have a nice college career. He converted 81 of his 104 field goal attempts in college. That equates to a 77.9 percent field goal percentage for his career, which is quite solid. It would’ve been higher if not for his dreadful sophomore season in which he only kicked at a 65.6 percent clip. His is three-for-three on kicks under 20, 20-for-20 on kicks ranging from 20-29, 21-for-29 (72.4 percent) on kicks from 30-39. On the tough kicks he was 25-for-34 (73.5 percent) from 40-41 and 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from over 50. Now these stats don’t sound the sexiest but that is because he terrible sophomore season. Take that season out of the equation and his percentage would be up to 83 percent. But the kicker is his long range accuracy would go up from 56-for-79 (70.8 percent) to 44-for-56 (78.6 percent), which is pretty solid. Also forgot to mention his longest kick was from 56 yards which came from his freshman year.
In the preseason Jake Elliott went 4-for-7(57.1 percent) on field goal attempts and was a perfect 2-for-2 on extra points. The ones he made were from 32, 39, 45, and 50. The ones he missed were from 45, 46, and 60. The one missed from 60 was very close and showed how strong of a leg he has. Elliott just needs to find some consistency in his kicking and he could become a long time starter in this lea. There was a reason he was drafted in the fifth round. There was also a reason he got cut, Sturgis is most likely going to regain his kicking spot back but maybe Elliot will surprise everyone.