Eagles Need Jake Elliott to Find Consistency
Eagles kicker Jake Elliott will forever be remembered by Eagles fans for connecting on a game-winning 63-yard field goal to knock off the New York Giants during the historic 2017 season.
The booming kick propelled the Eagles to a nine-game win streak, and gave them the confidence that Elliott could make the big kick if needed. Fast forward to the 2019 season, and the Eagles had that same confidence in Elliott, and showed that by handing him a five-year, $21 million contract extension, including $10.5 million guaranteed, making him a top-five paid kicker in the league.
This season hasn't been a memorable one for Elliott, the 25-year old missed a 22-yard field goal on Sunday and is connecting on just 72% of his kicks this season and has also missed two extra points.
"First and foremost, its frustrating," Elliott admitted. "It's embarrassing for the lack of a better term. It's frustrating because that day I was hitting the ball really well,"
Perfection is the goal, but its not the reality.
While Elliott hasn't been perfect during his career, he has been very good. Entering this season the fourth-year kicker had connected on 74-of-88 kicks (84%). This season, Elliott is just 13-of-18, which is good for just 72% of his kicks.
One area where Elliott seems to be struggling this season is from inside 30-yards. Elliott is just 1-for-3 on such kicks after going 19-for-19 over his first three seasons.
"In my profession if you're not perfect, its a bad day," explained Elliott.
If the Eagles are to have any hopes of making the postseason for a fourth straight season, they are most likely going to need Elliott to be perfect to help get them there.
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