Eagles Punt Henry, Bring Back McBriar
The Eagles made a surprise move today in releasing second year punter Chas Henry for veteran Mat McBriar. McBriar, a native of Melbourne, Australia, had previously spent the last 8 years with the Cowboys and has been selected to two pro bowls (2006, 2010). In addition, he has a career average of 45.3 yards per punt with a career high average of 49 yards back in 2008. Henry on the other hand has averaged 42.9 yards per punt last season and had a tendency to be inconsistent with his punting, prompting the Eagles to make the move.
The switch is interesting (as much as moves involving punters can be interesting) for a few reasons. Firstly, Henry was averaging 48.3 yards per punt, good for 10th best in the league. Second, considering only three weeks have passed this season, the move seems premature. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, Henry was initially considered to have beaten McBriar out for the job because he was a better holder for field goals.
Overall, this move will be an interesting subplot to watch for this Sunday night when the Eagles square off against the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field