In his first game since outwrestling Mat McBriar for the punting job, Chas Henry set an Eagles franchise record with a 55.0-yard gross average on six punts. It was the highest single-game gross average of any punter in Eagles history, so it's no wonder that, according to special teams coordinator Bobby April, it ranked as the best game in Henry's young career.
"Oh, way by far it was his best game," April said. "I think it was a good thing that he had the competition. The competition was because he had to be more consistent. The competition was because he had to have his get-off time better. The competition was (there because) he had to plus-50 punt better. He's definitely plus-50 punted better. His get-off time is better. Hopefully, he can be consistent and I think he will be. He certainly was consistent on those six punts (in the game). Now, his job for this football team is to produce those kind of plays all the way through. Those are big plays. Like I said, they're kind of unnoticed in the game. We punted one time backed up and he netted 56 yards that took them out of what generally would be pretty good position for them to parlay points and in a one-point game, that's a big punt. That's a huge punt."
Henry also credits the offseason competition with McBriar for helping him bring his game to a new level entering his second season.
"I knew that they were going to bring somebody in," Henry told Dave Spadaro this week on Eagles Live!. "I knew that there were a lot of good punters out on the free agent market and they told me that they were going to bring somebody in and compete against you. 'We want to see how you do and kind of push you a little bit.' I think the competition brings out the best in everybody. Like I said, if you're in this league and you don't like competition, this probably isn't the job for you. I know it made me a lot better competing against somebody of his caliber. I think we kind of pushed each throughout preseason and Training Camp and it worked out well."
As for his performance against the Browns, Henry admitted that it went about as well as he could have hoped.
"It was a good day and it was just one of those days that everything's just working right," he said. "It was a good day to do that. Our offense was having a tough time moving the ball there for a while, and to go out and bail them out, and our defense was playing great, so I knew if I could go out there and flip the field position our defense would hold them."
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