There was good reason for the Bengals to draft Jake Elliot in the 5th round of the 2017 draft. In 2013, He led all freshman kickers in scoring with 72 points. He set a Memphis record with a 56 yard FG beating Stephen Gostkowski record of 53 yards. He was a All-American in 2015 and was named American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player Of The Year twice in his college career.
The Bengals selected Jake Elliot in the 5th round and was very high on him. They even called him a steal. He was one of the most overlooked kickers in the draft. The Bengals waived him and re-signed him to the practice squad. They were looking for a veteran kicker (Randy Bullock) to be their FG kicker.
The Philadelphia Eagles picked Elliot up on September 12 due to their starting kicker was put on IR. That there started the journey of a lifetime. He went 26 of 31 with a 83.9% rate in his rookie year. Everyone knew he had a deep leg and he proved it by kicking the longest FG in history for a rookie ( 61 yards). He also owns a rookie record in the playoffs with a 53 yard FG.
Although the Bengals had much worse problems than Randy Bullock as their FG kicker, they should rely better on rookie talent. That’s the gamble every team puts on rookies now a days. The Bengals wanted to go with experience. Instead of Jake Elliot playing on the practice squad he gets a ring instead.