Cincinnati Bengals’ 2021 draft pick Evan McPherson is only aging better with time, and he recently put on a dazzling show at training camp.
The 2021 fifth-rounder drew plenty of controversy when he was drafted last summer, but McPherson has continued to prove his worth to the team time and time again.
He did it at the end of last season when he drilled a game-winning field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs, and he did it again at training camp last week when he completed a 65-yarder in front of tens of thousands of Bengals fans.
McPherson has quickly grown to become a fan-favorite in Cincy and should enjoy a long and illustrious career if he keeps producing at this rate.
In 2021, McPherson finished the regular season with an 85 percent field goal completion rate and 96 percent extra point completion rate, and he also made a whopping 12 field goals of 50-plus yards.
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The young draft gem bared ice in his veins by completing four walk-off game-winning kicks last year, and he’s still planning to shoot for the moon this season.
"McPherson has taken deep swings before. He said he has hit from 75 yards with the help of wind at the University of Florida as he worked by himself during practice. With the rest of the Gators, he said he hit from 68 in a practice."
McPherson’s career-long kick is 58 yards, but he will be looking to break more team records in 2022 as the team hopes to make another Super Bowl run.
McPherson’s automatic leg was just one of many factors that led the Bengals to the championship last year — Joe Burrow’s passing prowess, Ja’Marr Chase’s catching heroics, and a stalwart team defense also buoyed the team to a first-place finish in the division.
Heading into 2022, the team can count on many things to remain the same, McPherson’s kicking abilities included.