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Cameron Dicker named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Dicker the Kicker
Dicker the Kicker

Elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals to fill in for an injured Jake Elliott, rookie kicker Cameron Dicker couldn't have asked for much more in his NFL debut.

Dicker the Kicker nailed two field goals – a 42-yarder and a 23-yarder with 1:48 remaining – and totaled eight points as the Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 to remain the NFL's last undefeated team.

Well, the league also took notice of Dicker the Kicker's outstanding effort. Dicker was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.

"It's kudos to him, kudos to the field goal unit, the operation," Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay said on Tuesday about Dicker the Kicker's performance. "(Special Teams Quality Control Coach) Tyler Brown working with him and just getting him comfortable. You see after all those PATs and field goals, the guys on kickoff all dapping him up, which was really cool to see. A guy that people had known for three days gets the help from everybody else, which was really cool to see."

The Eagles extended their streak of having a Player of the Week after every game this season. Zech McPhearson took home Special Teams Player of the Week honors after recovering an onside kick in the opener against the Detroit Lions. That was followed up by three straight Defensive Player of the Week winners – Darius Slay (Vikings), Brandon Graham (Commanders), and Haason Reddick (Jaguars). That doesn't include Jalen Hurts' NFC Offensive Player of the Month distinction.

Believe it or not, this is the second time – first since the 1991 Buffalo Bills – that a team captured Player of the Week accolades in each of the first five weeks of a season. The last time any team won five straight was the 2005 Chicago Bears (Weeks 8-12).

Dicker the Kicker's game-winner was the first by an Eagle in the final two minutes of a game since Jake Elliott's walk-off winner against the Texans in 2018. Dicker is the first kicker in Eagles history to produce a game-winning kick in the final two minutes or overtime in an NFL debut.

The undrafted rookie, who was with the Rams and the Ravens in the preseason, also had four of his five kickoffs result in touchbacks.

Will the Eagles need Dicker the Kicker's services again on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys in prime time? The Eagles will provide an injury report following a walkthrough on Wednesday.

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