The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Tuesday that punter Mat McBriar was signed to a two-year deal, meaning that Chas Henry, in his second year with the team, was out.
You may recall that former Cowboy and two-time Pro Bowler McBriar (6’0, 227) was signed by the Birds just before training camp to give Henry some competition. McBriar was just coming off of foot surgery on his planting foot and wasn’t at full health at Lehigh. He was released when the team made their final roster cuts.
But he has clearly remained on the team’s mind.
The problem with Henry was one of inconsistency. He came out strong against the Browns, averaging 55 yards on six punts. However, his averaged dropped to just 39.2 yards in Week 2, providing little help to his team against a tough Ravens squad and in one instance, shanking a ball that Baltimore was able to convert into a field goal. Against the Cardinals, Henry’s net for his five puts was 38.8, and Arizona was able to average 10.4 yards on each return.
Over the course of his career, McBriar has averaged 45.3 yards per punt. With the move, the Eagles must be confident that he has made a full or near-complete return to health in hopes that he can reproduce those numbers. The Inquirer reports that in training camp, McBriar’s holding for Alex Henery was a concern. Let’s hope that those issues can be worked out in practice because all phases of the game will need at their best against the Giants.
In other moves on Tuesday, the Birds added long snapper Kyle Nelson to their practice squad and released wide receiver Jeremy Ebert. Jon Dorenbos suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 and the team we’ll have to see if he can play against the Giants.