This season, Henry averaged 48.3 yards per punt, the 11th highest total in the league. He also hasn’t kicked any touchback. But, Henry’s punts also were returned 14 times for 164 yards. Both totals are worst in the league. His hang-time on punts has always been an issue, but it’s the worst this season.
McBriar, 33, was cut after the preseason after he lost the job to Henry — mainly because he had not fully recovered from a drop foot condition. However, the two-time Pro Bowler for the Dallas Cowboys is also an experienced, skilled veteran with the seventh best career punting average in league history.
During the preseason games with the Eagles, the Australian native punted eight times for 45.5-yard average and a net average of 41.3 yards.
Last season, McBriar punted for the Cowboys but was released after the season because of the drop-foot condition. While with Dallas, McBriar was named as an All-Pro in 2006 and 2010.
McBriar is also expected to serve as a holder on field goals for Eagles’ kicker Alex Henery. The one issue in the preseason with McBriar was that he struggled a little with holding the ball on field goals. Alex Henery missed a 42-yard field goal in the preseason when McBriar was holding.
With Jon Dorenbos hurting, the Eagles have also added long snapper Kyle Nelson to their practice squad.
With Henry now out and Dorenbos hurting, Bobby April certainly has his work cut out for him this week.