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Buccaneers sign former Eagles Punter Chas Henry

2/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a roster move on Wednesday by signing free agent punter Chas Henry.
 
Although the NFL’s 2013 free agency doesn’t open until March 12, players who did not end the 2012 season on any team’s roster are eligible to signup anytime.  Henry played over one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, compiling 82 punts for 3,606 gross punting yards through 19 games. He was released by the Philadelphia Eagles three games into the 2012 season for unknown reasons.
 
The move comes off as a bit odd since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers already have a better punter (who also handles the team’s kickoff duties) in the form of Michael Koenen. The eight-year veteran Michael Koenen put up solid numbers last season, averaging 37.4 net yards per punt and 45.3 gross yards per punt on a 22-6 ratio of kicks inside the 20 to touchbacks. The 30-year-old Michael Koenen also inked a single-season franchise record with 58 touchbacks and led the NFL in touchback percentage at 68.2%.
 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are likely hoping to increase the competition at the position during offseason workouts and training camps by bringing in Chas Henry. It may also allow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to give their guys a rest while other teams can scout the players.
 
While Chas Henry may have not posted off the charts numbers, he certainly proves to be a decent punter, boasting 37.6 net yards per punt and 44 gross yards per punt career averages. And after his award-winning collegiate career with the Florida Gators, and most recent experience with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chas Henry deserves a look by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
 
As a punter with the Florida Gators, Chas Henry had his breakout year as a senior in 2010, averaging 45.1 yards on 50 kicks and downed 18 inside the 20 against three touchbacks. Chas Henry also severed part of his senior year as a placekicker, making 28 of 29 extra point tries and seven of 11 field goal attempts during the stretch.
 
Chas Henry signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as undrafted free agent in 2011.  The former All-American won the Philadelphia Eagles starting job in his rookie season, averaging 42.9 yards on 66 kicks, with a net average of 36.9 yards. During the first three games of the 2012 season, Chas Henry also handled the punting duties, averaging 48.5 yards per kick with a net punting average of 38.3
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