Report: Eagles likely to call up Arryn Siposs for punting duties in Week 1
Despite being cut at the end of training camp and the Eagles bringing in four punters for tryouts over the past week or so, it looks like Arryn Siposs will remain the team’s starting punter, at least for Week 1.
The Eagles, unfortunately, won’t have an upgrade at punter to start the 2023 season
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As Jeff McLane points out, Siposs is currently on the practice squad. With his practice squad status, Siposs will essentially have a three-week tryout period with the Eagles. The team can only elevate Siposs from the practice squad three times before they’ll have to officially sign him to the active gameday roster.
Throughout camp, Philly brought in four separate punters to compete for the starting role. Former Kansas State punter Ty Zentner was signed as an undrafted free agent; he didn’t last very long before getting cut. Following the final cutdown day, three punters were brought in for tryouts – Blake Gillikin, Pat O’Donnell, and Colby Wadman. Yeah, I don’t know who they are either, but that’s beside the point. The fact of the matter is, none of them were good enough to take Siposs’ spot, which is kind of impressive all things considered.
Howie Roseman has gotten a lot of love this offseason, and rightfully so, but his inability to lockdown a sustainable starter at punter is odd. It’s obviously not the most important position on the team, and even if Siposs is the starter all year, none of us should lose any sleep over it. It’s just weird that the team can’t find anyone above average at the position.
Could Jake Elliott handle double duty as the kicker and punter?
I’ve seen this idea being floated around over the past week or so. The general conclusion with putting Elliott at punter as well as kicker is that it saves the Eagles an extra roster spot. The only issue here, is that Elliott is not a very good punter. In fact, he’s substantially worse than Siposs, based on the limited punting statistics we have on Elliott.
The Eagles placekicker has only recorded three punts during his NFL career for an average of 37.3 net yards per boot. That would have placed him 33rd in net punt average last season. For context, Siposs average 40.6 net yards per punt in 2022.
I’m sure there are kickers who could do both, but it doesn’t seem like Elliott is one of them. Hell of a kicker – shitty punter. You can’t have it all.
At the end of the day, if the punter is the biggest question mark on the Eagles roster, they’re in pretty good shape.
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