McBriar and Henry had a heated position battle during the preseason, and the decision to keep Henry ultimately came down to his familiarity with place-kicker Alex Henery. With Henry’s help, then-rookie Henery was able to connect on 24 of his 27 field-goal attempts, setting a new NFL record for rookie field-goal percentage.
I was a bit surprised that the Eagles cut McBriar right before the season, seeing how he looked to be healthy and had the stronger leg. But a strong Week 1 performance against the Cleveland Browns helped Henry earn Punter of the Week honors, putting some of those concerns to rest.
McBriar has punted 494 times during his career and has a career net average of 38.4 yards. He has a booming leg and specializes in hang time. There is no doubt in my mind that he is an upgrade at the position.
I speculate that the Eagles originally wanted to keep McBriar after the preseason, but were unsure about the recovery process of his foot and knee injuries. Now, three weeks later and three weeks healthier, Reid is able to get the punter he wanted all along.
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