Eagles checking out punting options

The Philadelphia Eagles tried out veteran punter Brad Maynard Monday, according to Aaron Wilson at scout.com.

The Eagles current depth chart at the position includes Chas Henry, an undrafted free agent who ranked 30th in gross average (42.9) and 33rd in net (36.9) last year, along with undrafted rookie Ryan Tydlacka.

The 38-year-old Maynard, who spent last year in Cleveland, was one of the few punters who ranked worse than Henry in those two categories (40.5 gross and 36.7 net).

At the same time, adding someone with Maynard’s experience at this time of year only makes sense, especially when 90-man rosters give you the opportunity to kick tires on a lot of players at a lot of positions.

11 responses to “Eagles checking out punting options

  1. At the same time, adding someone with Maynard’s experience at this time of year only makes sense
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    Yes, except for the fact that an old punter with lousy numbers is far less likely to ever improve them and is most likely just getting old, whereas an undrafted rookie would be much more likely to improve on lousy numbers as he gets more experience.

  2. Except that you can’t judge punters solely on those numbers. Maynard was an absolute beast for the Browns last year, and one of the reasons that his Gross was so low was that he had something like 15 consecutive punts downed inside the 20 without a touchback.

    He was an exceptional directional kicker and routinely pinned teams deep in their own territory which, to me, is more important than an extra 3-4 yards on a punt–especially if it rolls into the endzone.

  3. Decisions, decisions. Well, now that the New York Giants have a world champion punter, the Eags could always give Matty Dodge a call.

  4. seriously Philthy fans, the word “lousy” keeps coming up in your punter options, and you WILL be punting a lot this year, and yes, as mentioned previously, thanks for Sav Rocca.
    also, come on down to Nats Park for any Phillies game, free “Occupy Last Place” t-shirts for the first 100!

  5. “Chas Henry… ranked 30th in gross average (42.9) and 33rd in net (36.9) last year…”

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    33rd out of 32 teams? I guess there was even one backup with better numbers.

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