The Philadelphia Eagles have been getting plenty of recognition for their 5-0 start to the season. For the fifth week in a row, another Eagles player has been named NFC Player of the Week. This time it is kicker, Cameron Dicker, who won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Eagles’ fans probably have not heard of Cameron Dicker until just a couple of days before the Week Five matchup against the Cardinals. He was first added to the practice squad as kicker Jake Elliott was recovering from a foot injury that occurred during the Week Four game against the Jaguars. When Jake Elliott was declared out, Dicker was moved to the 53-man roster.
Cameron Dicker was a star kicker for the Texas Longhorns but went undrafted. He had training camp experience with the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Ram but only kicked a few extra points during preseason. Dicker was going to be under intense pressure in his NFL Debut as the Eagles looked to remain undefeated.
In the Week Five game against the Cardinals, the Eagles got off to a two-score lead right away. Dicker made both extra points as the Eagles took a 14-0 lead that lasted into the second quarter. The Cardinals fought back, and it was 14-10 at halftime.
The Eagles moved the ball down the field during the first drive of the third quarter before it stalled due to a penalty and good defense. Dicker was called on to make a 42-yard field goal attempt in a loud State Farm Stadium and he delivered to put the Eagles up by seven.
A couple drives later, Arizona answered with a touchdown to tie the game at 17. The pressure was on the Eagles to finish the game. After a long eight-minute drive, the offense could not put points on the board. Dicker was called in to kick a potential game winning field goal. He once again delivered for the Eagles as they went up 20-17 with less than two minutes to go. The Cardinals had a chance to tie it, but their replacement kicker, Matt Ammendola, missed wide right.
Philadelphia remains 5-0 because of their new unlikely hero, Cameron Dicker. Dicker was 2/2 on extra points and 2/2 on field goals including the game winner. In a close game against a tough Cardinals team, every point matters and the Eagles were lucky to have “Dicker the Kicker” on their team.
Eagles’ Awards So Far
Cameron Dicker is the latest Eagle to receive NFC Player of the Week honors. Here are the others to receive the award.
Zech McPhearson: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week One
Darius Slay: NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week Two
Brandon Graham: NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week Three
Haason Reddick: NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week Four
Jalen Hurts: NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September
The Philadelphia Eagles are off to an excellent start. Their players are performing at a high level and are getting recognized. It was great to see Cameron Dicker put together a nice game filling in for Jake Elliott who is one of the best kickers in team history. Dicker deserves this award as the Eagles would not be 5-0 without him.