Jake Daniel Elliott is an American football placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played college football at Memphis.
Elliott was born in Western Springs, Illinois, to Bruce and Diana Elliott. He excelled in many sports when he was younger including baseball, basketball, and tennis. When he was younger, Elliott was considered one of the best youth tennis players in the state of Illinois. He continued with his tennis career throughout high school as well.
High school career
Elliott attended Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. Elliot began playing football when a Lyons assistant coach noticed Elliott's talent at a Homecoming contest. He began to kick for the team his junior year and this marked his first time playing organized football. Elliott began making an impact on the team right away. Preceding his junior-year season, he was an ESPNHS underclass, as well as being named First-Team All-State by the Chicago Tribune. During his junior season, he was most notable for the 52-yard field goal he made with no time remaining against Oak-Park River Forest High School, to beat them by a score of 16–14. During Elliott's senior season, he was named Second-Team kicker for Kohl's All America List, after making 15 of 21 field-goal attempts. After his senior year, Elliott was offered a full scholarship by the University of North Dakota and the University of Memphis. He chose to play for the Memphis Tigers.
Elliott was named the starting kicker after summer training. In his 2013 season Elliott connected on 16-18 field goals. After his freshman season he led the Tigers with 72 points scored. As well as leading the team, he set a Memphis record for his 56-yard field goal on the road at USF. This new Tigers record broke the old school record set by Stephen Gostkowski who hit a 53-yard field goal 2005. He as well was recognized by including being named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and also one of three players to be named "Stars of the Week" by Lou Groza Award. Elliott's sophomore year he led the American Athletic Conference in per game scoring, averaging 9.2 points throughout his season. For the second year in a row he was named First Team All-Conference as well as being named Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. He scored 120 points during his season, making 21-of-32 field goal attempts while also converting all 57 extra point conversions. Elliott kicked the fourth longest field goal in bowl game history. The kick was a 54-yard attempt, which extended the Tigers into a second overtime where they won the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl in double overtime by a score of 55-48. Elliott is 22-for-26 this season giving him an 84.6% conversion rate. He was also named a 2015 Lou Groza Award Finalist.
On February 9, 2017, it was announced that Elliott was entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Elliott in the fifth round (153rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He was the first of three kickers selected in 2017. He competed with veteran Randy Bullock for the Bengals' kicker spot. On September 2, 2017, the team announced that Bullock had won the job, and waived Elliott. He was re-signed to the practice squad the next day.
On September 12, 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Elliott off the Bengals' practice squad after the Eagles' starting kicker, Caleb Sturgis, was placed on Injured reserve. Elliott made his first NFL appearance in Week 2 of the 2017 season against the Kansas City Chiefs. In the game, he converted both extra point attempts and two out of three field goal attempts. On September 24, 2017, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Elliott kicked a 61-yard field goal to beat the New York Giants on the final play of the game, resulting in a 27–24 victory, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. It was tied for the 7th-longest field goal in NFL history, and the longest since November 2015. It was also the longest field goal in Eagles history, the longest ever kicked in Philadelphia in an NFL game, and the longest ever by an NFL rookie. In Week 4, against the Los Angeles Chargers, he put together a solid performance in converting all four field goal opportunities and both extra point attempts. During the Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Elliott made a tackle during the starting kick return.