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Jake Elliott, Rick Lovato Sign One-Year Deals

The Eagles ensured to keep their outstanding specialists together for at least another season as kicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato each signed one-year deals through 2019 on Friday.

Elliott was signed by the Eagles off Cincinnati's practice squad on September 12, 2017 and introduced himself to fans in his home debut by setting the franchise record for the longest field goal with a walk-off 61-yarder to beat the New York Giants.

It was the first of four game-winning field goals on the year for Elliott, including a 37-yarder to put the Eagles ahead against the Falcons in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.

He also set the franchise record for most field goals of 50-plus yards with five and posted the two longest field goals by a rookie in Super Bowl history in the championship win over New England.

All in all, Elliott connected on 26 of 31 field goal attempts (84 percent) as a rookie and finished with 117 points. He followed up that effort by going 26-of-31 again in field goals in 2018, and had two more game-winning kicks including a walk-off 35-yarder to beat the Texans in December. He had a season-high 12 points in the win over the Rams.

Lovato has been the maestro for all of Elliott's kicks. Signed by the Eagles late in 2016, Lovato has snapped in 37 regular and postseason games over the last two seasons. He's also added seven special teams tackles. After bouncing around the league, Lovato has thrived in Philadelphia. In addition to Elliott's success with Lovato, Cameron Johnston quietly set franchise records in both gross (48.15) and net (42.7) punting averages in his first NFL season at the position while also holding for Elliott.

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