Sunday, December 28, 2014

Was holding Eagles punter Mat McBriar's Problem?

Most people watching the Eagles figured two-time Pro Bowl veteran Mat McBriar, battling back from a nerve problem in his plant leg, had won the punting battle against incumbent Chas Henry.

Was holding Eagles punter Mat McBriar's Problem?

Mat McBriar is attempting a comeback to the NFL. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Mat McBriar is attempting a comeback to the NFL. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Most people watching the Eagles figured two-time Pro Bowl veteran Mat McBriar, battling back from a nerve problem in his plant leg, had won the punting battle against incumbent Chas Henry.

Apparently, we were wrong about that.

McBriar's agent, Jack Bechta, tweeted Wednesday that McBriar will be released by the Eagles, despite a preseason net more than 8 yards per punt better than Henry. It sure seemed the Birds were grooming McBriar to take over the position in the preseason.

One rationale could be that McBriar has acknowledged not being a great holder. The Eagles, like many teams, use their punter to hold, and Henry and Alex Henery were a solid combination last season, clicking on 24 of 27 field goal attempts. McBriar was the holder for a 41-yard Henery miss last Friday night at Cleveland, in which the laces apparently weren't in the proper spot.

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Bechta tweeted that he thinks McBriar will be snapped up quickly.

CORRECTION: A previoius version of this post referrred to a tweet during the first preseason game from McBriar's wife, Erin, which indicated she felt Mat McBriar was relieved not to have had to hold that night. Erin McBriar maintains this was not her intent.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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