Eagles kicker Jake Elliott defends use of item to mark kicking spot

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Last week, officials were told to watch for kickers and holders using a foreign object during kick attempts. On Wednesday, Eagles kicker Jake Elliott addressed the situation, single the allegations were directed at his team, among others.

“We’ve always used something that’s within the rules,” Elliott said, via Chris Franklin of NJ.com. “It’s just literally to mark the spot. It’s part of the playing surface, like a piece of grass or something like that.”

Elliott explained that the team spoke to the league office about the issue.

“When we talked to them, we explained what we’re doing, and they saw what we were doing,” Elliott said. “Probably 30 teams do it around the league. It’s just a point of emphasis, and someone makes it bigger than it is. Everything we’ve done has been completely legal.”

Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey was asked about the situation on Wednesday.

It is what it is,” McGaughey said, via Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com. “I’ll just leave it at that.”

McGaughey explained that the situation helps a kicker by leaving “a visual spot down there.”

The Eagles aren’t the only team that has been accused of doing it. If someone is violating the rules, then something obviously needs to be done about it. Even if a flag wasn’t thrown at the time, investigations should be conducted.

Cheating is cheating, whether it’s steroids of air pressure or foreign objects during kicks. It’s not something officials should simply be looking out for. It’s something the league office aggressively should be looking into.

23 responses to “Eagles kicker Jake Elliott defends use of item to mark kicking spot

  1. So he’s having the placeholder put a piece of plastic on the ground where the ball will eventually go? So he can focus on the small piece to know where to kick? It doesn’t sound like it’d be much help, but if it’s illegal then the league needs to come out and say it.

    The league allows WR to use glorified stickem gloves because highlight catches are good for the league. Just like made kids are good for the game

  2. “Probably 30 teams do it around the league. It’s just a point of emphasis, and someone makes it bigger than it is”

    Sounds a lot like Spygate. Prepare to have the coach fined $500k, the team $250k, and lose your 1st round draft pick. Oh wait, its not the Patriots

  3. Perhaps Maher on Monday was the first kicker to kick without the use of “marking grass”. The NFL kicking game will soon be turned up side down! Get your popcorn!!

  4. Part of being a good kicker is anticipating where the placeholder will place the ball on the ground. Good snap, good placement , good swing of the leg , and you’re golden. Take away the kickers visual crutch.

  5. I’d use grass. It’s natural. It’s on jerseys, pants, cleats, sometimes in the face mask. They let the Buffalo players shovel out snow with their bodies to clear the kicking area against Miami. What’s wrong with some grass?

  6. If it was just a piece of the surface or a piece of grass I’m pretty they wouldn’t feel the need to pick it up after the kick…

  7. The play they need to take a look at it “aiding the runner”…the version Philly runs with Hurts and 3 guys behind him is unstoppable. Next step is hoist the RB on the a lineman’s shoulder and have him carry him as far as he can then just launch him for a few extra yards…its gonna be Epic!

  8. Alabama did this during the 2005 season. Their holder would put a piece of tape down where the ball would be placed and go and pick it up after the kick. They were eventually called out for it and stopped doing it.

  9. PFTknowit says:
    January 18, 2023 at 8:10 pm
    Perhaps Maher on Monday was the first kicker to kick without the use of “marking grass”. The NFL kicking game will soon be turned up side down! Get your popcorn!!
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    The holder said one of the officials told him he couldn’t use a blade of grass from the white hash to line up the ball, but he said it didn’t impact the operation. Maher was just trying not to fail vs. kicking to succeed.

  10. There needs to be accountability with the egregious blown, missed calls & horrible ball spotting that happen every game! Keep telling the NFL fans there’s zero connection between this and the points spreads in Vegas & lining NFL executives & owners pockets!

  11. I don’t think it helps the kicker as much as the holder. He’s putting that “item” where he needs to place the ball. The kicker isn’t seeing once the ball is down so how’s it help him?

  12. The rules are the rules. The NFL has a ton of problems. That doesn’t mean this should slide.

  13. This is what we’re worried about? Then let’s all have a good old fashioned uprising and demand the end of the kicking tee too.

  14. This issue is just a diversion for some other issue, like horrible officiating, that they don’t want fans focusing on. It’s done in politics all the time.

  15. The league office should aggressively go after real cheating and terrible officiating. Fussing over stuff like markers and the length of players’ socks just make the league look ridiculous.

  16. Really? A blade of grass? Much more interested ending this whole team pushing a back for 12 yards. It’s American Football, not Rugby. A blade of grass. Geez.

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