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The rookie has hit two game-winners in his first four NFL games.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a kicker in NFL history that’s ever had a better four-game start to his career than Evan McPherson.
The former Florida Gators kicker was selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, much to the dismay of many who thought it was a reach. But when you’ve had the kicking situation the Bengals have had in recent memory, if they felt McPherson could actually be a game-changer at that position, you go for it.
That’s what they did, and they’ve been rewarded for it.
In his first NFL start vs. the Minnesota Vikings, McPherson booted in the game-winning kick in overtime, lifting the Bengals to a 27-24 win.
Then in Week 4, McPherson did the same at the end of regulation vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars to give the good guys a 24-21 victory.
— Shawn Kopelakis (@shawn_kopelakis) October 1, 2021
Far too often under the watch of Randy Bullock and Mike Nugent, the Bengals missed these kinds of kicks. Heck, Bullock did so in Week 1 last year as Nugent botched an easy field goal that would have gotten the Bengals into overtime vs. the Los Angeles Chargers, then faked an injury got hurt on top of it.
Not McPherson. This kid is different, and he’s a big part of the Bengals being 3-1.
Yes, McPherson did miss his first kick tonight — a 43-yarder in the first quarter that could have been costly. He’s also hit two 50+ yard field goals already this season, an area Bullock and Nugent struggled mightily at times with.
For the season, McPherson is 5/6 on field goals and 11/11 on extra points.
We’ll take it.
Evan McPherson has two game-winning field goals.
He’s played four career games.
— PFF CIN Bengals (@PFF_Bengals) October 1, 2021