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The 2020 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have a lot of tough decisions to make as they try to get this team back to Super Bowl contention. Today we continue our position-by-position roster outlook series by examining the safety position. Previously: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive tackle | Offensive guard | Center | Defensive end | Defensive tackle | Linebacker | Cornerback | Safety.

THE PLAYERS

JAKE ELLIOTT

Regular season stats: 22 field goals made on 26 attempts for 84.6% (15th out of 38 kickers), 0 attempts from 1-19 yards, 7/7 from 20-29 yards, 8/8 from 30-39 yards, 5/7 from 40-49 yards, 2/4 from 50+ yards, longest made of 53 yards, 35/37 on extra points (20th out of 38 kickers), 66.8 yards per kickoff attempt (8th out of 35 kickers) ... 0 completions on 1 passing attempt for 1 interception

Playoff stats: 3 field goals made on 3 attempts (26, 38, and 46)

Review: Elliott got off to a hot start in 2019 by not missing a single field goal or extra point attempt in the Eagles’ first seven games. He did throw a pick on a trick play in Week 6 but that wasn’t really a killer mistake; the Minnesota Vikings just sniffed it out. Elliott’s extra point perfection was ruined by one miss in very windy conditions in Buffalo. He missed another extra point at home in Week 9. Elliott was perfect on field goal attempts until the team’s Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Elliott then missed three more field goals over his next three outings. He rebounded by going five for five in the Eagles’ final two games.

Outlook: Back in late November, the Eagles signed Elliott to a contract extension through the 2024 season. His new deal makes him the third highest paid kicker in terms of total guaranteed money and fifth in total value. The Eagles made the right call to keep the 25-year-old around for the foreseeable future; he’s made a number of clutch kicks for this franchise. With that said, there’s still some room for improvement when you looking at his rankings.

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

2017: 83.9% (19th out of 37 kickers)
2018: 83.9% (20th out of 36 kickers)
2019: 84.6% (15th out of 38 kickers)

EXTRA POINT PERCENTAGE

2017: 92.9% (23rd out of 37 kickers)
2018: 94.3% (22nd out of 36 kickers)
2019: 94.6% (20th out of 38 kickers)

The good news is he’s shown some improvement each season. Hopefully that continues.

Poll

Jake Elliott: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    Stay
    (1093 votes)
  • 2%
    Go
    (24 votes)
1117 votes total Vote Now

CAMERON JOHNSTON

Regular season stats: 71 punts (15th out of 32 punters), 46.4 average (8th), 42.3 net average (t-7th), 61 long (26th), 6.5 yards allowed per punt return (11th), 37 inside the 20-yard line (7th), 0 blocked punts, 4 touchbacks (t-18th), 4.2 average hang time (28th) ... 2 special teams tackles

Playoff stats: 3 punts, 45.3 average, 43.7 net average, 1 inside the 20-yard line, 4.11 average hang time

Review: Johnston was never noticeably an issue but some of his numbers did decline from last season. He finished 30th out of 32 punters graded by Pro Football Focus after previously finishing 31st out of 34 in 2018.

Outlook: Johnston, who turns 28 in February despite playing just two seasons, is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason. The team will sign him to a minimum contract and he’ll likely be the Eagles’ punter in 2020. Johnston will need to avoid struggles to earn a long-term deal in Philly.

Poll

Cameron Johnston: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Stay
    (959 votes)
  • 8%
    Go
    (91 votes)
1050 votes total Vote Now

RICK LOVATO

Regular season stats: 3 special teams tackles

Playoff stats: None

Review: Lovato didn’t make any noticeable mistakes during the season. He was one of five Eagles players originally named to the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Outlook: The Eagles signed Lovato to an extension through the 2023 season back in mid-November. The contract ranks $10,000 short of being tied for the most total guaranteed money at his position and seventh in total value. Lovato, who turns 28 in September, will be the Eagles’ long snapper for the foreseeable future. It’s just too bad he can’t do magic tricks.

Poll

Rick Lovato: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 99%
    Stay
    (1029 votes)
  • 0%
    Go
    (10 votes)
1039 votes total Vote Now

FREE AGENCY OR TRADES

Nah.

NFL DRAFT OPTIONS

Maybe the Eagles sign an undrafted rookie free agent punter to compete with Johnston? Kinda doubt it though.