Eagles explain why they chose Mann as their Siposs replacement originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles gave it two games.
But when Arryn Siposs didn’t show the kind of improvement they wanted to see, they finally made a move this week. The Eagles cut Siposs from the practice squad and signed veteran Braden Mann in his place.
After signing an undrafted kid this spring for competition and working out several others in recent weeks, the Eagles finally found their guy.
Mann, 25, is the Eagles’ new punter.
“He’s done it in this league for a few years,” Eagles special teams coordinator Michael Clay said. “It’s always nice knowing that he wasn’t coming from a different climate, being in New York. It’s tough playing in the northeast in the wintertime, especially MetLife for a punter.
“It’s pretty tough, so for Braden to be able to do that and understanding these late games and everything like that, but we’re excited about him. I’ve obviously followed him coming out of college, Texas A&M, so just very excited to work with him both as a punter and a holder.”
Based on their career numbers, Mann appears to be a moderate upgrade over Siposs.
Arryn Siposs: 32 games, 107 punts, 44.6 average, 38.7 net average, 35 inside 20 (32.7%)
Braden Mann: 43 games, 206 punts, 45.4 average, 39.3 net average, 60 inside 20 (29.1%)
Mann, who was a sixth-round pick back in 2020, won the Ray Guy Award at Texas A&M as the nation’s top punter. He spent three seasons with the Jets before they signed veteran Thomas Morstead this offseason. Mann then went to Pittsburgh and was beaten out in that punter competition by Pressley Harvin III.
Like Clay said, one of the big reasons the Eagles liked Mann is his experience punting in the northeast, specifically at MetLife Stadium in North Jersey.
When asked what makes MetLife so tough, Clay said it’s the wind.
“It swirls on the punters and everything,” Clay said. “But when you go into the NFC East and AFC East you go through…
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Publish date : 2023-09-21 11:00:00
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