You knew it was coming, but now it’s official: Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season. Elliott is the first Eagles kicker to win a Player of the Week award since David Akers in 2005 (Week 12).
Elliott was the only acceptable choice for this weekly award. His 61-yard game-winning field goal against the New York Giants was clutch as it gets. Elliott’s kick was the longest ever by a rookie. It was the seventh longest field goal and third longest walk-off field goal in NFL history. Something you may have forgotten is that Elliot also nailed a 46-yard kick to tie the game at 24-24 late in the fourth.
“NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” isn’t the only award Elliott is eligible for this week. You can also vote for him as “Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week” and “Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of Week 3.”
Long live Jake Elliott.
"This guy's a superhero if he makes it."#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/oyP6LGsTmg— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 26, 2017
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In other news, former Eagles safety Terrence Brooks was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Philadelphia traded him for Dexter McDougle during the final week of the preseason.
Terrence Brooks is the 1st Jet to win a Defensive Player of the Week Award since Darrelle Revis in Week 2, 2015 pic.twitter.com/6ke8BNaafj— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) September 27, 2017
The two other NFC players of the week were also from the NFC East.
NFC Players of the Week (Week 3)— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) September 27, 2017
Offense: Kirk Cousins, Was
Defense: Demarcus Lawrence, Dal
Special Teams: Jake Elliott, Phi pic.twitter.com/yMasupx0qn