Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

Eagles sticking with the identical punter the remainder of the best way? initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

As veteran punter Brett Kern comes off his greatest efficiency in an Eagles uniform, it sounds just like the Eagles are sticking with him.

At the very least for now.

“I’m simply preparing with the fellows we’ve received proper now,” particular groups coordinator Michael Clay stated on Tuesday. “Something injury-wise, Howie (Roseman) and Coach (Nick) Sirianni will maintain.

“However for proper now, we’re game-planning that Brett’s our punter so we’ll go on with that.”

The Eagles punter this season had been Arryn Siposs till the primary Giants recreation again on Dec. 11, when Siposs suffered a decrease leg harm and was placed on IR. The Eagles then signed the veteran Kern to interchange him.

A pair weeks in the past, Siposs emerged within the Eagles’ locker room and stated he believed he would be capable to punt within the NFC Championship Sport if the Eagles made it there. Nicely, the Eagles have made it there however Kern turned in a very spectacular efficiency towards the Giants.

Kern, 36, punted 3 times with a median of 43.0 yards per punt and landed all three contained in the 20-yard line. His punts pinned the Giants on the 9, 15 and seven.

What labored for Kern on Saturday night time?

“Staying true to what he’s been doing for 14 years,” Clay stated. “Not second-guessing himself greater than the rest. He had a very good week of apply, getting right into a extra pure rhythm of all the things. For us, it paid off in that recreation. You see how a lot area place adjustments.”

It’s attainable that Kern’s efficiency on Saturday towards the Giants might need saved his place. As a result of in case you evaluate the numbers from Siposs and Kern throughout the common season, it’s not likely shut:

Arryn Siposs: 45.6 common, 39.5 web, 16 inside 20 (36.4%)

Brett Kern: 40.8 common, 36.6 web, 1 inside 20 (10%)

One of many factors the Eagles all the time introduced up with Siposs was that he was such a gentle holder for kicker Jake Elliott. That operation with Elliott, lengthy snapper Rick Lovato and the punter/holder has been essential in Elliott’s success.

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However that operation hasn’t missed a beat with Kern in there both. So it’s trying just like the Eagles would possibly simply be keen to maintain issues rolling.

“He’s been such a fantastic holder and our operation did a very good job of hitting our further factors and area aim,” Clay stated. “Simply the boldness Brett has going again on the market, being true to who he’s for 14 years.”

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