Nothing was settled through game one in the great punting competition of 2012 between Mat McBriar and Chas Henry.
Here’s how the two stacked up on Thursday night:
Mat McBriar hit a decent 43-yard punt that was returned 6 yards to the Pittsburgh 30 yard line. He followed that with a 41-yard kick to the Steelers 37-yard line that yielded a three-yard return. His third and final punt was his best–a 43-yard effort to the 21-yard line that netted no return.
Chas Henry: Henry showed his upside on his first punt when he a hit 54-yard bomb inside the Steelers 10-yard line. But followed that up with a 36-yard shank that landed at the Pittsburgh 27-yard line. His third punt was a 32-yard effort that landed at the Steelers 11, but was returned out past the 20.
Basically, we saw what we expected to see. Clearly, Henry has more upside, but his lack of consistency aggravated the Eagles a season ago which is why McBriar is town to begin with. My gut feeling is that McBriar will ultimately emerge with the job, unless Henry can show more consistency over the final three preseason games.