Eagles open 21-day practice window for punter Arryn Siposs

Arryn Siposs #8, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Arryn Siposs #8, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Here’s a nice surprise. As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for Super Bowl LVII while simultaneously moving through a busy Thursday at the NovaCare Complex, more good news comes from the Bat Cave. They’ve announced that they’re activating a 21-day practice window for their punter, Arryn Siposs.

Injured during the Eagles’ Week 14 blowout win over the hated New York Giants on a strange-looking special teams play, Siposs was placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve) on December 13th. Brett Kern was signed to Philly’s practice squad that same day and elevated to the active roster ahead of the Eagles’ games versus the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints before being signed to the active roster on January 7th.

How do we say this nicely? If Philly could get Siposs back for Super Bowl LVII, that would be a great thing, especially seeing as how special teams play and field position could go a long way in deciding the outcome of football’s biggest game.

While we thank Brett Kern for his efforts, the Eagles would benefit from having Arryn Siposs active for Super Bowl LVII.

Brett Kern has proven himself to be a weapon during his career. A three-time Pro Bowler (2017–2019) as well as a Second-Team All-Pro in 2017 and a First-Team All-Pro in 2019, while we acknowledge his pedigree, we also acknowledge that he isn’t the player that he once was.

Ten punts during the 2022-2023 regular season have resulted in 408 yards, a 40.8-yard average, and sadly, one punt that has landed inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line. This is true despite the fact that he didn’t boot any touchbacks.

By comparison, Siposs has attempted 44 punts. He boasts an average of 45.6 yards. Three boots have ended in touchbacks, roughly 6.8% of his total. 16 punts have landed inside the 20-yard line.

Kern has been slightly better during the postseason (seven punts, 309 yards, and a 4.1-yard average). He’s also dropped three boots inside the 20 and has seen one touchback.

Philly has surrendered 14 return yards on punts this postseason, That gives him nets of 275 yards and a 39.3-yard average. Simply put, he simply isn’t helping Philly flip field position well enough, and it would be much more beneficial to field Siposs for Super Bowl LVII if he’s activated by then and ready.

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