The 2023 season for the Philadelphia Eagles started with much promise. But their Super Bowl dreams turned into nightmares as they lost six out of their last seven games.
Philadelphia did not play up to the standard it set for itself last season, as they made many mistakes and couldn’t find that groove on either side of the ball.
However, despite the unfortunate end to the 2023 campaign, there were still some positives to take away from this season. We saw multiple players step up throughout the season and make plays when called upon.
Below, we’ll highlight some underrated players who stood out even when things looked bleak for Philadelphia.
1. Jake Elliott
Elliott has quietly become one of the best and most clutch kickers in the NFL since joining the Eagles in 2017. The 29-year-old placekicker had a tremendous 2023 season, converting a career-high 93.8% of his field goals (30-32), which includes going 7-of-8 from 50-plus yards.
Elliott was also stellar on extra points made this season, converting 97.8% (45/46). Many teams in the league wish they had a kicker such as Elliott, who can make the short field goals but also power through a 50+ yard kick to put points on the board.
He’s the Eagles’ most reliable weapon outside of the tush push, as fans don’t have any concerns when it's time for him to kick.
Even though Elliott didn’t get selected to the Pro Bowl this season, he was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press for the first time in his career. Elliott is the first of two special teams players that we will highlight in this slideshow, as special teams were the only consistent unit and did their job.