Last year, Chas Henry averaged just 42.9 yards per punt, a total that ranked 25th among 32 qualifying punters. He put up a net punting average of 37.5 yards, a total that ranked 26th in the league, and he also turned in arguably the worst play of the horrific Philadelphia Eagles’ season, when he bounced a pass on a fake punt against the Chicago Bears that pretty much cost the Eagles the game.
So the Eagles have been bringing in a steady supply of punters to give Henry some competition in camp, and former Dallas Cowboys punter Mat McBriar is the latest one.
McBriar is a free agent and he spent the remainder of 2011 on injured reserve after a cyst from his left knee bothered him too much to punt. McBriar ended up having surgery in February, and the Eagles felt he was worth a look today at training camp.
McBriar is a two-time Pro Bowl punter who has led the NFL in punting average twice during his career, most recently in 2010 when he put up a 47.9 yards per punt average. He is the best of the four options the Eagles worked out today, as the team also worked out Brad Maynard, Chris Bryan and Jason Baker, who had punted previously for the Eagles.
Henry was a huge disappointment for the Eagles last season, and although it was just his rookie season, if there’s a better option out there, it might be a good idea. And that means I’ll take McBriar, even if it does mean adding a former Dallas Cowboys player to the 53-man roster.