Eagles Sign Matt McBriar, Release Chas Henry

Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

It looks like Matt McBriar won the punting job after all. The Eagles announced on Tuesday that they have released punter Chas Henry and signed veteran Matt McBriar.

Henry, who won the job coming out of camp, has averaged 48.5 yards per punt this season. The Eagles had high hopes for Henry coming out of college, but it appears for some reason he has failed to meet those expectations.

The 33-year old native of Australia earned two Pro Bowl selections during an eight-year career with the Dallas Cowboys from 2004-11. He has punted 494 times for 22,369 yards for a 45.3 career average, which ranks 5th in NFL history. McBriar's career net average is 38.4 yards and he has downed 175 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

It will be interesting to see how Alex Henery reacts to this news. It was thought that the main reason Henry won the job over McBriar out of camp was because of his ability to hold on field goals. It is unknown who will hold at this point.

Ruben Frank points out that Henry was averaging 48.3 yards per punt, the best by an Eagles punter in 73 years.

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.

Follow Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks

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