Eagles 2022 Training Camp Preview: The Specialists

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at every player on the Philadelphia Eagles squad, and how they fit into the team heading into training camp. Today we will end the series with specialists.


Previews of previous training camps

Quarterback | running backwards | wide future | tight end
offensive tackle | guard | center
defensive end | Defensive handling | back rush
full back | back corner | safety


depth chart:

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K Jake Elliott
s Erin Sibus
LS Rick Lovato

Jake Elliott

After a very good start to his career with the Eagles where he made 85.9% of field goal attempts (74 of 88 in the regular season, 11 of 11 in the playoffs), many of which came in unusual situations, Elliott secured a lucrative five-year contract Worth just over $19 million during the 2019 season.

In 2020, Elliott had his worst season in the pros, as he was only 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) in his attempts to score field goals, which included two fouls in the 30.

As such, Elliott entered the 2021 season with some pressure to bounce back, and he made a comeback. He made contact in 30 of 33 field goal attempts (90.9%), including 3-for-3 attempts from Post-50s, was 45 of 45 in the PATs, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod. Great season.

Erin Sibus

According to ThePuntRunts, which in my opinion is the gold standard for NFL kick analysis, Siposs finished 27th season in the EPA for every kick.

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He was good at “deep pinning” situations, but was the worst punter in the NFL when trying to blast long kicks and turn the field.

Visual:

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In the event that you can’t read it, the more to the right you are, the better you are at open kicks (the long ball). The higher up you are, the better you are at “fixing them deep”. As you can see, Siposs is on its own in the upper left corner.

According to ThePuntRunts, Siposs had 18 “deep” attempts. Here’s how they went:

• 2 touch

• returned 2

• 13 inside 15

• 9 into 10

In my opinion, hitting the ball deep is more important than being able to crush long balls. This is Sebos’ best argument for staying with the team in 2022.

However, Siposs has struggled hard, with several Shankopotomus blows in the last two matches. Against Dallas Week 18, in the “ball-in-depth” smash zone, Siposs had kicks from 21 and 24 yards, both of which landed the Cowboys on the following drives.

Against the Buccaneers in the playoffs, again in “crushed” positions, Siposs hit kicks from 27 and 36 yards, with the latter landing the Bucs on the next drive.

In the “Stay or Go” series, 90.6 percent of voters said Sebos should “go.” Fans’ preference for kick competition is clear.

Should/Will the Eagles present a Siposs competition at training camp, and if so, who? Well…Because I am a sad and pathetic guy, I have written over 1,400 words analyzing the Eagles’ kicks situation ahead of the 2022 season. If you care enough about kicks, just read on, please.

Rick Lovato

Lovato threw the ball between his legs with precision and speed in 2021. He hopes to do the same in 2022.


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