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A new contract means 5 incredible Jake Elliott stats!

A new contract means 5 incredible Jake Elliott stats!

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott got a new contract Wednesday, which is a great excuse for us to bring out some kicker stats.

Let's take a look at five Elliott stats you won't find anywhere else. 

• Elliott has made 86.8 percent of his kicks in his three-year career, 5th-highest in NFL history among kickers who have attempted at least 50 field goals. He began this season 24th at 83.9 percent, but by making all 14 of his attempts so far, he's moved up 19 spots over the past 11 weeks.

Here’s the all-time top-5: 

90.5 — Justin Tucker (257-284)
88.7 — Harrison Butker (86-97)
87.7— Josh Lambo (114-130)
87.4 — Stephen Gostkowski (374-428)
86.8 — Jake Elliott (66-76)

• Elliott is the NFL’s only kicker who hasn’t missed this year. He’s 14-for-14 on field goal attempts, the longest season-opening streak in Eagles history. The previous record was set by David Akers, who made his first 12 in 2003 before missing a 55-yarder against the Jets. The next-longest streak by an Eagles kicker belongs to Eddie Murray, who made his first nine attempts in 1994. Going back to last year, Elliott has made 18 straight field goals. He’s four short of the franchise record of 22, set in 2012 by Alex Henery.

• If Elliott makes at least two more field goals this year and doesn’t have any misses, he would become only the fifth kicker in NFL history to attempt at least 16 field goals without a miss. Here are the first four:

37-for-37 — Mike Vanderjagt (Colts, 2003])
35-for-35 — Gary Anderson (Vikings, 1998)
17-for-17 — Jeff Wilkins (Rams, 2000)
17-for-17 — Tony Zendejas (Rams, 1991)

• Elliott is only 24 years old but already has made the 8th-most field goals in Eagles history. Here’s the top-10:

294-357 (82.4 percent) — David Akers
91-124 (73.4 percent) — Paul McFadden
90-153 (58.8 percent) — Sam Baker
81-108 (75.0 percent) — Roger Ruzek
80-128 (62.5 percent) — Tony Franklin
74-86 (86.0 percent) — Alex Henery
66-108 (61.1 percent) — Tom Dempsey
66-76 (86.8 percent) — Jake Elliott
56-66 (84.8 percent) — Caleb Sturgis
47-59 (79.7 percent) — Gary Anderson

• Elliott needs 16 points over the last five games to have the distinction of scoring the most points ever by an Eagle before his 25th birthday. Right now, that honor belongs to McFadden, who scored 306. Franklin (302) and LeSean McCoy (296) are just behind. Elliott is at 291 points.

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Eagles sign Jake Elliott to 5-year contract extension

Eagles sign Jake Elliott to 5-year contract extension

Jake Elliott was already having a perfect season and it just got even better on Wednesday. 

The Eagles signed the 24-year-old kicker to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2024 season. 

The extension is worth over $21 million, with around $10.5 million in guarantees, according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan. The highest AVY for a kicker in the league is Justin Tucker at $5 million per season. 

While plenty of teams have struggled to find consistency at the kicker position, the Eagles have been lucky with Elliott. He hasn’t had a ton of opportunities this season, but he’s 14 for 14 on field goals, which includes a 53-yarder. 

This move comes less than two weeks after the Eagles extended long snapper Rick Lovato. Don’t be surprised to see punter Cameron Johnston get locked up long term soon to keep the trio together for the next several years. Elliott was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. 

Earlier this season, before playing the Bears, who have had a notable problem with their kickers, head coach Doug Pederson was asked about the Eagles’ stability at the position. 

“Any time that you have a kicking situation — we're blessed,” Pederson said. “We've been blessed here in Philly for a lot of years to have great kickers and the history of kickers here and Jake is no exception. I think sometimes, too, playing in outdoor stadiums, you just get used to the wind. You get used to a lot of things, and I'm kind of glad I don't have those types of issues right now where we can just kind of focus in on our team. 

“I played in Green Bay where we've had great kickers and a lot of years. I don't know why necessarily that is, but I'm very pleased with Jake and really our two kickers.”

The Eagles picked up Elliott early in the 2017 season after Caleb Sturgis was placed on IR and now we’re talking about Elliott being the kicker in Philly for the better part of a decade. Out of Memphis, Elliott was a fifth-round pick by the Bengals in 2017, but he lost the kicking competition in training camp, which made him available for the Eagles. 

Of course, Elliott’s first big moment with the Eagles came when he drilled a 61-yard game-winner against the Giants on Sept. 24, 2017. That’s the longest field goal in Eagles history. Elliott also has the longest field goal in Eagles playoff history (53 yards). 

In fact, Elliott owns two of the four longest field goals in Eagles regular-season and playoff history. His five field goals of 50-plus yards in 2017 were a franchise record. 

Elliott also went 3 for 3 on field goals in Super Bowl LII. 

This season, he became the first kicker in team history to start a season with 14 straight field goal makes. 

And since the start of the 2017 season (including playoffs), Elliott ranks tied for fifth in the NFL in 40-plus-yard field goals. 

He isn’t going anywhere for a while. 

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Bears’ ongoing kicker woes highlight Eagles’ stability at the position in Jake Elliott

Bears’ ongoing kicker woes highlight Eagles’ stability at the position in Jake Elliott

The best position for an NFL team to be in with their kicker is to never have to think about him. 

It seems like the Bears think about their kicker all the time. 

On Sunday, the Eagles and Bears will meet for the first time since the Double Doink ended the Bears’ 2018 season and firmly planted itself in Matt Nagy’s frontal lobe. You remember the Double Doink; Cody Parkey’s last-second field goal attempt in the wild card game was tipped by Treyvon Hester and then hit the left upright, the crossbar and bounced out. It devastated that city and it still seems like the team, especially Nagy, isn’t quite over it. 

Just as it started to look like the Bears had finally put their kicker issues in the past with Eddy Pineiro, last week he missed a 41-yard game-winner after Nagy took a knee instead of trying to pick up more yards. And then Pineiro admitted he didn’t want the ball on the left hash. He missed wide left. 

The Bears have bigger problems, but it seems like they’ve been fixated on the kicker. 

“I’m kind of glad I don't have those types of issues right now where we can just kind of focus in on our team,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said this week. 

Pederson’s right. The Eagles haven’t really had those issues. They’ve had Jake Elliott since 2017, when he came on the scene and delivered a franchise-long 61-yard game-winner in his second game with the team. The Eagles haven’t looked back. 

Since he arrived, Elliott has made 61 of 71 attempts (85.9 percent), which ranks him eighth among kickers with at least 50 attempts (he’s 8 for 8 in the playoffs). Elliott has six game-winners. He also owns two of the four longest regular season and playoff field goals in franchise history. 

And this year, Elliott has been even better. He hasn’t attempted many field goals, but he’s 9 for 9, one of just four perfect kickers in the NFL. He finally missed his first PAT last week, but there were swirling 40mph wind gusts in Buffalo, so I told Elliott I’d give him a pass on that one. 

“I appreciate that,” he said, nodding. 

The truth is that Elliott probably isn’t one of the top kickers in the NFL, but he’s good and he’s pretty reliable and that’s something the Bears wish they could have. 

After Parkey’s miss last year, Elliott was already sympathetic, but then things got even worse. Parkey went on the Today Show and Nagy seethed. Eventually, the Bears released Parkey and began a search for their next kicker. 

That search was a wild one. 

As documented in this MMQB story, the Bears brought in nine kickers for their initial rookie minicamp competition. Nine! That’s completely unheard of. And then they made all their competitors kick in front of an audience from 43 yards out, the significance of which was not lost on anyone. 

The whole thing seemed really bizarre. 

“I saw some stuff in the media about it,” Elliott said. “I didn’t follow it all that closely, to be honest. I know there was a lot of guys in. I don’t even remember who. I remember it came down to Eddy (Pineiro) and Elliott (Fry) and both of them are talented guys. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Elliott back in the league soon. I know him decently. But, yeah, it was a crazy situation.” 

The crazy thing is that none of those nine kickers won the job. The Bears traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Raiders for Pineiro the day after that minicamp ended. The competition was between Pineiro and Fry with the former coming out on top. 

Once he won that job, he entered one of the highest-pressure jobs in the NFL. 

“I think, obviously, there was a lot of hype around it in the offseason,” Elliott said. “That’s for better or for worse. At the end of the day, the guy won the job and that’s awesome for him. He’s been kicking well there. I know he had the one miscue last week, but he won the job. Yeah, it’s a high-pressure situation, it’s a high-pressure city, it’s a high-pressure job. But you sign up for it.” 

Elliott is right. Things were going pretty well for Pineiro early. In fact, in Week 2, he made a game-winning 53-yard field goal to give the Bears a win over the Broncos and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. 

But last week, he missed two kicks, including the 41-yard try to win the game and prevent a three-game losing streak. Wide left. 

So as we enter a rematch of the Double Doink game, the Eagles feel really comfortable with their kicking situation. Their kicker, holder and snapper have worked together for years and are in a rhythm. They won’t have to think about it at all on Sunday. 

The Bears still can’t seem to get their kicker off their minds. 



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