Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay acknowledged on Thursday that there were only so many players on the roster who could punt or return punts. The Eagles officially elevated wide receiver Britain Covey and punter Arryn Siposs on Saturday from the practice squad for the season opener. The expectation is that Covey will return punts and Siposs will handle the punter and holder duties against the Patriots, and then both will revert back to the practice squad. Players can be elevated from the practice squad three times before they must be put on the active roster.
As an undrafted rookie in 2022, Covey started the season on the practice squad, but played in all 17 regular-season games, finishing second among all rookies in punt return yards (308) and third in punt return average (9.3 yards per carry). He also chipped in with 10 kickoff returns.
Entering his third season in Philadelphia, Siposs has averaged 44.7 yards per punt and 39.2 net over his first two seasons, while also aiding in the kicking operation that has benefited Jake Elliott, a Pro Bowl selection in 2021 and the league leader in PATs a year ago.
"After the last couple years, the comfortability from the operation has been pretty good," Clay said. "It showed. We're obviously trying to put the best, competitive guys out there to make an impact on the game. We all know the kicking game is huge. We've been able to get a lot of points out of that operation."
Siposs competed with rookie Ty Zentner in the preseason, but both players were eventually released. The Eagles signed Siposs to the practice squad. Siposs can be called up two more times before he would have to be put on the active roster.
"It's the nature of the beast," Siposs said this week. "I know what to expect and how those things work. I just have to go out there and just do my thing. If I do that, then the rest of it is taken care of. It's plain and simple."