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Jake Verity inks deal with Indianapolis Colts



Former East Carolina kicker Jake Verity will see his pro career continue in 2022, although with a new team. After spending the majority of the 2021 season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad behind All-Pro Justin TuckerVerity has inked a future contract with the Indianapolis Colts, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Verity, ECU’s all-time scoring leader, is entering his second professional season. He went undrafted last year before participating in the Ravens’ offseason program and in their preseason. The specialist made 4-of-5 field goal attempts, including a long of 53. He converted 6-of-7 extra points. In total, he contributed 18 points to the Ravens during the preseason as part of a plan from the organization to help develop Verity, as well as take some wear and tear off the leg of Tucker, who’s the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

The Colts’ primary kicker has been Rodrigo Blankenshipthough he missed the majority of last season with a hip injury. Michael Badgley stepped in and converted 18-of-21 field goal attempts and all 39 extra points to close out the season. Badgley is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the league year. Blankenship is signed through the 2022 season. Verity will reunite with former ECU head coach Scottie Montgomery – the Colts current running backs coach – in Indianapolis.

Verity is ECU’s all-time scoring leader with 352 points, a total he amassed over his five-year career from 2016-20. Verity made one field goal in 2016 as a true freshman before an injury sidelined him the rest of the season. He became the team’s full-time placekicker from 2017-20, making 14 or more field goals each season, including a career-high and school-record 24 in 2019 and accounting for 105 total points. For his overall career, Verity made 74-of-98 field goal attempts (75.5 percent success rate). He participated in 47 games total. Verity also doubled as the team’s full-time kickoff specialist in 2019 and 2020, totaling 75 touchbacks in 119 kickoffs.

Despite making 90 percent of his field goals in 2018 (19-of-21), Verity’s best season arguably came as a junior in 2019 when he made 24-of-29 field goal attempts, good for 82.8 percent. He was also a perfect 33-for-33 on PATs. Verity made a string of 13 consecutive field goals at one point during the season.

A native of Bremen, Ga., Verity was recruited by ECU on scholarship as part of the 2016 class out of Bremen High School. He was a two-star recruit, per the 247Sports Composite, and also had a scholarship offer from UAB out of high school.

Verity earned his degree in construction management in December of 2020.

Verity is one of three former Pirates who signed rookie contracts with NFL teams this past offseason along with Blake Proehl (undrafted free agent) and D’Ante Smith (fourth-round pick by the Bengals). Proehl unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason practice, though he’s still on the Vikings roster. Smith is with the Bengals as a backup lineman and will participate in the Super Bowl this week against the Los Angeles Rams.

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