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Training Camp Position Preview: Special Teams

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The big question entering Training Camp for the specialists is: Who is going to earn the punting job?

Arryn Siposs set career marks in 2022 with a 45.6-yard average per punt last season and a 39.6-yard net average, but he faces competition in Training Camp in the form of rookie Ty Zentner, signed after the 2023 NFL Draft after a fine career at Kansas State. An ankle injury that limited Siposs to 13 games before returning for the Super Bowl hampered him in '22, but he's healthy now.

Otherwise, the specialists remain the same: Jake Elliott made 20 of 23 field goals and 51 of 53 PATs in the regular season and then was perfect in the postseason, and Rick Lovato returns for another year as the team's long snapper.

The return game, as usual, is up in the air as the Eagles will work through a host of players in the preseason and decide how to proceed, but they know they have something with Boston Scott returning kickoffs after averaging 27.1 yards in that category last season, and second-year man Britain Covey averaged 9.3 yards on punt returns and 20.6 yards on kickoff returns. – Dave Spadaro

Did You Know?

• Jake Elliott has 640 career points, third most in Eagles history behind David Akers (1,323) and Bobby Walston (881)

• Arryn Siposs has a 44.7-yard gross punting average on 99 career punts with the Eagles.

• Rick Lovato enters his seventh season as the Eagles' long snapper after being waived by three teams (Chicago, Green Bay, Washington).

• Boston Scott's 27.1-yard average on kickoff returns in 2022 was the eighth-highest single-season average in team history.

• Britain Covey averaged 9.3 yards on punt returns in 2022, the third-highest average among NFL rookies.

New to the Nest

Ty Zentner – Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles, Zentner played 41 games as a punter and kicker for Kansas State. He averaged 43.4 yards per punt in college and averaged a career-high 44.5 yards per punt in his senior season. His longest punt in college was 72 yards, also coming in his senior year. Zentner accumulated 70 points across two seasons as Kansas State's starting kicker. – Owen Boyle

Key Stats

3 – The Eagles had an NFC Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2022.

9.3 – Britain Covey was third in the NFC in both total punt return yards (308) and yards per punt return (9.3).

7 – Zech McPhearson had seven special teams tackles last season, the most by an Eagles gunner in the past seven years.

51 – There are a slew of Jake Elliott stats that would work here, but he led the NFL with 51 successful PATs in 2022.

Check out the specialists on the Eagles' roster heading into Training Camp, presented by Independence Blue Cross. Players are listed in numerical order.

They Said It

"Kansas State is not an easy stadium to kick in, and you're going against some really good returners in the Big 12, and having the opportunity to meet with him (Ty Zentner), kind of get to know him a little bit, and see the competitive edge he has, he possesses, and he does have some traits that we look for with his consistency and his drop. He also has the ability to do kickoffs that could help out our team in certain situations, whether that's maybe saving Jake's (Elliott) leg in the preseason, getting those kickoffs off. Seeing his ability to punt and also have that really caught our eye, and we're very fortunate enough that he wasn't taken in the draft and we had the opportunity to get him in free agency.

"It all goes back down to the competition. We felt that Arryn (Siposs) has done some good things (since) we first got him a couple years ago, but just like in any facet of the NFL, everything is being evaluated, and if we feel as a collective group, myself, Howie (Roseman), Coach (Nick) Sirianni, that we want to bring someone in to push and elevate our group, we're going to do that. They do a great job of allowing us to voice our opinion in that case. Everything is production-based business, whether it's myself or the team or the players we have on this team." – Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay on the punting competition

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