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

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Last week, officials were ordered to ensure that kickers and holders do not use foreign objects during kick attempts. Wednesday Eagles kicker Jake Elliott considered the situation, the only thing is that the charges were directed, in particular, at his team.

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

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Elliott explained that the team had spoken to the league’s office about the matter.

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“When we talked to them, we explained what we were doing and they saw what we were doing,” Elliott said. “Probably 30 teams are doing it in the league. It’s just an accent point and someone makes it bigger than it is. Everything we did was completely legal.”

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

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

McGaughey explained that the situation helps the kicker by leaving “a visual smudge underneath”.

Eagles not the only team who was accused of it. If someone breaks the rules, then something clearly needs to be done about it. Even if the flag was not thrown at the time, an investigation must be carried out.

Cheating is cheating, whether it be air pressure steroids or foreign objects during kicks. This is not something that officials should just pay attention to. This is something the league office needs to take seriously.




Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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