Eagles Sign Infamous Punter to Practice Squad Ahead of Week 3

Nick Sirianni played coy in Tuesday's press conference, refusing to name a stating safety. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Sirianni played coy in Tuesday's press conference, refusing to name a stating safety. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Eagles emerged from Week 2 with a 34-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, but the victory was hardly perfect. Punting was an issue yet again as Arryn Siposs continued frustrating the Philadelphia faithful with another lacklustre performance.

Fast forward to Monday and it looks like Siposs’ time with the team could be coming to an end soon.

NFL insider Adam Caplan reports that the Eagles have signed fourth-year punter Braden Mann to the practice squad. The 25-year-old most recently spent the summer with the Pittsburgh Steelers before getting waived ahead of the 53-man deadline.

Eagles Sign Braden Mann to Practice Squad

Siposs left much to be desired on Thursday. He only averaged 37.5 yards on four punts (down from 49.3 in Week 1) and didn’t have a punt travel further than 44 yards. Those numbers are just inexcusable if the Eagles wanted to compete for a Super Bowl this winter.

It’ll be interesting to see what Mann does after a solid 2022 campaign with the New York Jets. He averaged 46.9 yards across 83 punts while finishing with eight touchbacks and landing 32.5% of his attempts inside of the 20-yard line.

For comparison, Siposs only has six TBs in 32 career games. So, yeah: bringing Mann in easily upgrades our punting situation.

And if the ex-Texas A&M product’s name sounds familiar it’s because it has haunted Jets fans for the last three years.

When the 0-13 Jets faced the LA Rams during the 2021 NFL season, Mann made a crucial tackle that prevented a fourth-quarter touchdown. His decision earned New York its first win of the season, which led to the team drafting Zach Wilson second overall instead of landing Trevor Lawrence at No. 1.

Fortunately, the Eagles are doing the complete opposite of tanking this season, meaning Mann’s competitiveness will be a welcomed addition. It also means that we’ve likely seen the last of Siposs in a Philly uniform.

In the meantime, the Eagles turn their attention to a Week 3 collision with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. FanDuel Sportsbook opened Philadelphia as the 6.5-point road favorite in the Monday Night Football showdown.

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