Eagles kicker Jake Elliott earns Pro Bowl roster spot

Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

Well, this just confirms what just about every Philadelphia Eagles fan has known already. That kicker they have is pretty good folks!

Jake Elliott has had his ups and downs over the course of the five years that we’ve been getting to know him. You can also argue that, at the same time, he’s made two of the biggest kicks in the franchise’s history.

One of those kicks was a 61-yard game-winner versus the New York Giants in Week 3 of the 2017 season. Another resulted in the final three points of Philadelphia’s final game that same year, a game in which Philly upset the greatest dynasty in the history of sports on the grandest of stages.

Everyone will love Jake Elliott forever because of both of those moments, but as you know, that isn’t the full story when it comes to him.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott makes the Pro Bowl as an alternate.

Think about how you rated Jake Elliott after the Eagles won the Super Bowl. Now, think about the thoughts that you were having about Jake after last season ended. Those were two totally different feelings, weren’t they?

The truth is he’s been a mixed bag, and he’d admit to that if you could ask him. He’s connected on kicks that, had he missed them, no one would have complained, but the frustrating thing about Jake is he also has a history of, at times, routinely missing on attempts that many would consider being ‘easy conversions’ for a placekicker in the National Football League.

In 2021, he put it all together, and it was fun to watch, especially if you’ve witnessed the entire journey. He connected on 30 of 33 field goals and was perfect three for three on field-goal attempts that were longer than 50 yards. He also made all 44 of his extra-point attempts.

The result was 134 points. That’s a career-high for number 4.

In the end, Pro Bowl voters elected Matt Gay of the Los Angeles Rams to the NFC’s squad, but now, thanks to the fact that he’ll be participating in the Super Bowl, Jake Elliott will head to Las Vegas in his place, and good for him. It’s great to see players perform brilliantly and get recognized for their efforts. As stated earlier, this just confirms what we’ve known already.