The Philadelphia Eagles may have had some trouble scoring touchdowns during Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, what they did have was kicker Jake Elliott.
Elliott surpassed Paul Madden for the second-most in franchise history with 92. He now has 93 after completing three field goals for the Eagles during their Week 4 loss. Above Elliott is David Akers, who played from 1999-2010, totaling 294 field goals.
The 26-year-old kicker started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017, never playing a game for them. The Eagles signed Elliott off of the Bengals’ practice squad shortly after, making his first appearance against the Kansas City Chiefs.
As a rookie, he kicked a 61-yard field goal against the New York Giants, making the longest field goal in Eagles history. It also tied for the seventh-longest field goal in NFL history.
During the 2020 season, Elliott struggled with his kicks, ranking at the bottom throughout the league. In 16 games, he made 14 field goals (73.7 percent of his FG tries).
This season, however, Elliott was ready to make a comeback. During training camp, he stated, “Confidence is a huge part of being a kicker. When things aren’t going that well, you sort of lose that a little bit. It was a battle all last year, just trying to climb back up and find that [consistency] all year.”
So far, he’s done just that. In four games, Elliott has completed five out of six field goals. He has a long way to go to surpass Akers, but if the Eagles need anything right now, it’s Elliott’s continued momentum.