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Oh, Henry's Been Punting Well

Chas Henry's been punting well.

Oh, Henry's Been Punting Well

 At BoopStats, one of our biggest problems with punting statistics is that a punter's strategy changes according to his team's position on the field. A 60-yard punt doesn't do any good if you are kicking from the opponent's 40-yard-line and deposit it into the fourth row of drunken fans.

So we like to look at how punters fare when kicking from their own half of the field. And using those numbers, Chas Henry has become a major asset for the Eagles' special teams.

In his last seven games, Henry has punted 25 times from the Eagles' half of the field and blasted 16 of them 50 or more yards. That comes on the heels of his first 11 games, when he had just six 50-yard boots on 31 such kicks.

Here are his punting statistics from the Eagles' half of the field (blocked and tipped punts not included):

 Line of
 Scrimmage 

 Punts 

 Avg. 

 50+ 
         Line of
 Scrimmage 

 Punts 

 Avg. 

 50+ 
   1-10  —  —  —    1-10
   3  52.3    2
 11-20    3  38.3  0  11-20    6  52.3    4
 21-30  10  45.4  2  21-30    7  48.4    4
 31-40  13  40.5  2  31-40    4  49.8    2
 41-50    5
 47.4  2  41-50    5  51.2    4
 Totals  31  43.0  6  Totals  25  50.6  16
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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