Philadelphia Eagles punt returner Britain Covey has turned into one the best in the NFL in just his second year.
Covey’s 113 total yards on six returns are the second most in the NFL. He trails only Charlie Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Eagles signed Covey as a undrafted free agent out of Utah last year. He finished the 2022 season averaging 9.3 yards per punt return.
Despite the success that Covey had over the latter part of last season and the first three games of this year, there is part of the fan base that doesn’t like Covey. They aren’t recognizing his improvement.
“You can’t put your mind there,” Covey said. “It’s difficult. I think the Philly saying is, No one likes us, we don’t care. Maybe my saying is, No one likes me, I don’t care.”
Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni appreciates him. “We know we have maybe a hidden gem that not everybody always fully appreciates. We sure do,” Sirianni said.
“He is a locker room favorite here. These guys love Britain Covey because he’s tough, he works his butt off, great personality.”
“So, yes, the 50-whatever-yard return got the sideline excited, but it’s the connection that our players have and our coaches have to Britain Covey the person, that even made that maybe look a little bit even more uptick.”
Covey has turned into a good punt returner and the Eagles are lucky to have him. This is another are of strength for this very talented football team.
Philadephia Eagles punt returner Britain Covey. Photo courtesy of philadelphiaeagles.com