Elliott was drafted by Cincinnati in the fifth round in 2017. In typical Bengals fashion, they gave the kicking job to veteran Randy Bullock, placing Elliott on the practice squad. When Philadelphia’s kicker, Caleb Sturgis, suffered an injury in Week One, the Eagles signed Elliott to their active roster. The rookie made the most of the opportunity, converting 28 of 31 FG tries, including five of six from 50 yards or more. An accomplished collegiate kicker at Memphis, Elliott demonstrated his power with a 61-yard field goal in Week Three against the Giants. Elliott made all seven of his postseason FG attempts during the Eagles’ championship run.
The rookie shanked three extra-point attempts in the regular season and two more in the postseason, including a miss in the Super Bowl. That’s a habit he’s going to have to break if he wants to remain employed in the NFL. Unlike most of the kickers in the top 15, Elliott has a very small professional sample size. And, like most young kickers, he might not have established enough confidence to survive a slump.
The Eagles are a good team. Even if they don’t repeat their magical season of 2017, they look to be pretty solid. Elliott needs to clean up his PATs but is a decent bet to be at least in the top half of fantasy kickers in 2018. His upside is significant.