Eagles’ Boston Scott has a unusual pregame ritual that might come in useful (in case of emergency)

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PHILADELPHIA — Boston Scott had a particular pregame ritual when he was a member of the Eagles’ apply squad.

The 5-foot-6, 203-pound working again would apply punting in the long run zone whereas Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went by means of his well-known pregame warmup routine and large receiver Mack Hollins stretched barefoot on the sphere.

Scott introduced his punting routine with him from his time with the New Orleans Saints. The previous highschool punter spent the vast majority of his rookie season on the Saints’ apply squad and determined to punt the ball to maintain himself busy throughout pregame warmups on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

His apply punts additionally let his teaching employees know that he might function a fill-in specialist in case of an emergency.

“You by no means know,” Scott mentioned Thursday following apply at NovaCare Advanced.

Scott was promoted from the apply squad to the 53-man roster forward of the Eagles’ Week 6 blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings. As he warmed up earlier than the matchup at U.S. Financial institution Stadium, the second-year working again determined to ditch his practice-squad punting routine.

After lacking out on the primary 5 video games of the season, Scott dropped the punting apply for a extra conventional working again exercise.

“No, not this time,” Scott mentioned with fun. “I needed to avoid wasting my hamstring.”

The previous sixth-round decide initially signed with the Eagles in Week 15 of final season. He was energetic for 4 video games, together with the playoffs. As a mid-season addition, Scott was solely requested to return kickoffs throughout final yr’s playoff push.

This summer time, he was used as a working again, a kick returner and a punt returner. Given his background as a highschool punter, he might finally be requested to fill in for Cameron Johnston if the Australian punter suffers an in-game harm.

“The extra you are able to do, the higher off you might be,” Scott mentioned, referring to his punting capacity.

Scott proved that he might deal with a number of roles this offseason. Whereas he was a notable school working again and kick returner at Louisiana Tech, Scott had by no means returned a punt in a significant recreation.

Nonetheless, Eagles particular workforce coordinator Dave Fipp needed to check Scott’s velocity and imaginative and prescient on the punt returner place.

Throughout coaching camp, Fipp made positive to supply Scott a number of completely different seems to be on the punt returner spot. Scott was requested to area directional punts, floaters and knuckleball strikes.

“Coach Fipp has executed a superb job of making an attempt to set us as much as the place there’s nothing new each time we’re in a recreation setting,” Scott mentioned. “He’s executed an important job of that.”

Scott didn’t earn the punt returner job throughout coaching camp and the preseason however was known as as much as the 53-man roster final week to interchange fellow working again Darren Sproles (hamstring) within the position.

He fielded his first significant punt in the course of the second quarter of the sport towards the Vikings. He picked up 13 yards on the return.

“There weren’t any nerves,” Scott mentioned about his first punt return. “I type of received it out of my system after I was catching in pregame warmups. I used to be prepared to only concentrate on my fundamentals: entering into place, specializing in the ball after which from there … I simply consider in myself.”

Scott mentioned he tried to get all the destructive ideas out of his head earlier than the sport. As an alternative, he mirrored on what he discovered in the course of the summer time.

“I do know that I can do it,” Scott mentioned. “I’ve executed it by means of coaching camp, OTAs and I’m ready.”

With the sport out of hand, the Eagles determined to permit Scott to run the soccer within the fourth quarter. Whereas the speeding makes an attempt had been meaningless to the Eagles’ offense, the in-game reps meant quite a bit to Scott.

He picked up 30 yards on 4 carries (7.5 YPC) throughout his restricted exhibiting towards Minnesota.

“I feel that these reps are invaluable,” Scott mentioned. “Each rep that you just get on the market, the extra snug you get and that’s the identical with punt returns, kick returns, something that you just do.”

Heading into Sunday’s Week 7 matchup towards the Dallas Cowboys, Scott’s primary position will likely be because the workforce’s punt returner. Nonetheless, he’ll put together for work at kick returner and working again.

If he sees some taking part in time on offense, there’s a powerful likelihood he’ll (fairly actually) run into his school roommate on the sphere.

Scott spent 5 years at Louisiana Tech and Cowboys beginning free security Xavier Woods was his roommate all through the vast majority of their respective school tenures.

“It’ll be good to go towards him,” Scott mentioned.

The Cowboys chosen Woods within the sixth spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft. One yr later, Scott was chosen by the Saints within the sixth spherical.

The previous roommates have a pleasant rivalry that dates again to their school days. Now, they’ll get to deliver the competitors to an precise NFL recreation.

“We all the time go at it with all the things we do,” Scott mentioned. “We all the time compete, so I’m trying ahead to that.”

Whereas a university reunion on the sphere can be enjoyable for each Scott and Woods, the working again is aware of it might not occur in the course of the recreation. He understands that his first position will likely be on particular groups.

Scott has proven that he can play a number of roles, so he could possibly be known as upon to fill a spot at a second’s discover.

He mentioned he is able to contribute in any manner he can … even at punter.

Mentioned Scott: “I’m positively trying ahead to what they’ve deliberate for me subsequent.”

Mike Kaye could also be reached at mkaye@njadvancemedia.com. Comply with him on Twitter@Mike_E_Kaye. Discover NJ.com on Fb.


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