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The Eagles Add A Kicker

The Philadelphia Eagles recently announced the signing of kicker Cameron Dicker. He is being signed to the practice squad and gives the team an emergency option if there are any lingering injuries affecting Jake Elliott.

Why Add A Kicker?

In the Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week Four, Jake Elliott suffered a foot injuring during a field goal attempt. The injury occurred on a late hit that was called for roughing the kicker. The Eagles accepted the penalty which gave them a first down. Jake Elliott was used later in the drive to kick a 28-yard field goal as the Eagles took a 23-14 lead. He was not used for any other extra point or field goal attempts the rest of the game.

The injury does not appear to be major for Jake Elliott. Head coach Nick Sirianni says that Elliott has a chance to play on Sunday. NFL teams have an option to put players on a four-week injured reserve but did not use that option for their kicker. This means Elliott is day to day and could be back soon. 

Who Is The New Kicker?

The Eagles signed Cameron Dicker to the practice squad and could add him to the 53-man roster if necessary. Dicker is from Austin, Texas and was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas in 2022. He spent part of training camp with the Baltimore Ravens before trying out for the Los Angeles Rams. He went three for three on extra points during the preseason.

Dicker made 60 of 79 field goals [76 percent] for the Texas Longhorns. As a senior last year, he went 13/15 (87 percent) which ranked 15th in the BCS among kickers who attempted at least 10 field goals. His longest career field goal was 57 yards in 2019. Dicker also averaged 46.8 yards on 47 punts as a senior.

In Conclusion

Hopefully the injury to Jake Elliott is not serious, but it is good to see the Eagles be proactive and bring in an emergency option. If Elliott is going to be out awhile, the team should consider a more experienced veteran, but that may not be the case.

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