King of Clutch Evan McPherson is hoping to be even ‘more clutch’ in 2022

Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals were the butt of some jokes when they spent their fifth-round pick in last year’s draft on the only kicker taken that year, Evan McPherson. The Florida product immediately made his impact known when he nailed the game-winning kick in overtime of a Week 1 battle against the Vikings.

McPherson went on to make clutch kick after clutch kick and only really had one rough game, which came in the Week 5 loss to the Packers. Both kickers had a tough time that day and McPherson bounced back immediately after.

The rookie out of Florida knocked through 28 of 33 field-goal attempts as a rookie during the regular season, giving him a completion percentage of 84.8. As for extra points, he only missed two, going 46-of-48 on the year, with a completion percentage of 95.8.

McPherson really rose to stardom as a rookie when he called his game-winning kick against the Titans in the Divisional Round, sending the Bengals to the AFC title game for the first time since the 80s. He followed that up with a game-winning kick in overtime in the AFC Championship Game, which, in turn, sent McPherson and the Bengals to the Super Bowl.

What does Evan McPherson plan to do for an encore to his prolific rookie season?

During their Tuesday practice, McPherson spoke to reporters and was asked how he tops what he was able to do last season. His response to that was typical of a confident McPherson.

“Just being more clutch” was McPherson’s response to how he can top his prolific rookie season where he became a household name as a kicker. The reporter even joked about his answer because look at what the kid accomplished during his first year in the league.

Proclaiming that he’s going to become more clutch means that McPherson is planning on becoming the next Justin Tucker and being one of the most feared kickers in the league.

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The King of Clutch wants to be even more clutch in year 2 and Bengals fans love hearing that.