Unfortunately, Jake Elliott didn’t help lead Cincinnati to a Super Bowl berth. Instead, Elliott is going to the NFL’s biggest game as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Elliott and the Eagles secured their Super Bowl berth thanks to a demolition of Mike ZImmer and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship. Despite falling behind 7-0, the Eagles would reel off 38 straight points to secure the franchise’s third Super Bowl berth.
The NFL’s biggest stage will be the final game of Elliott’s wild rookie season. It began as a fifth-round pick out of Memphis in the 2017 NFL Draft via the Bengals, and he was also the first kicker drafted this past year. With that designation, it seemed like a lock he would make the 53-man roster and be the Bengals’ kicker in 2017.
However, the Bengals maintained all summer that the kicking competition was real and that veteran Randy Bullock had a fair shot to win the job. That proved to be true after Bullock was the clear winner of the kicking battle. There was no disputing how superior he was in this battle, and the call to go with him over Elliott was something 31 NFL teams would have likely made.
Elliott missed far too many kicks in camp and the preseason to win any kicking battle in the NFL, but his talent and being a fifth-round rookie made him an easy call to sign to the practice squad.
But it took just one week into the regular season for the Eagles to pluck Elliott off the practice squad, replacing the injured Caleb Sturgis. Elliott went on to shine with the Eagles and keep hold of his job all season and into the postseason.
Now, Elliott will get to play in the Super Bowl when the Eagles face the New England Patriots. While Bengals fans would obviously love for him to still be in Cincinnati, you can’t help but be happy for him as he gets to play on a stage many players only can dream of being on.