It turns out the preseason punting competition between Chas Henry and
McBriar, 33, is a native Australian who spent eight seasons with the Cowboys. He was released following the 2011 season because of a dropfoot condition. In Training Camp, the Eagles brought in McBriar, who was still not fully recovered from the dropfoot.
In three preseason games, McBriar punted eight times for a 45.5-yard average and a net average of 41.3 yards. Henry, meanwhile, punted 12 times in the preseason for a 36.1-yard average and a 33.1-yard net average, though his punts were often facing a short field. He has punted 494 times for 22,369 yards for a 45.3 career average, which ranks fifth in NFL history. McBriar's career net average is 38.4 yards and he has downed 175 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Henry, 23, started off the regular season well with a 55-yard average and 42-yard net average in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. But the net average for Henry dropped to 32.4 and 38.8 in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively, prompting the Eagles to move forward with McBriar.
Moving forward, McBriar, a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in 2006 and 2010, will also be under the spotlight as a holder on field goals for
The Eagles also made another move on special teams, adding tight end/long snapper Kyle Nelson to the practice squad. With
McBriar will wear jersey No. 1 and Nelson will wear No. 85.
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