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The Eagles signed punter Donnie Jones to a one-year contract Monday and released Mat McBriar.
Jones, formerly of the Texans, is a two-time All-Pro selection.
“Donnie Jones is a guy that we have admired over the last several years,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He has one of the strongest legs in the entire NFL and we’re excited we had a chance to sign him. We watched a lot of tape on him and he’s coming off a very good season with Houston. We feel he’ll add a good element to our special teams units.”
With the game tied at 17 in the fourth quarter Mat McBriar set up to punt.
The Eagles had 13 minutes and 52 seconds to decide what the conversation would be in this city Monday morning. Would people be talking about a 4-5 team that was just one game back of the Giants in the loss column? Or a 3-6 team that had lost five in a row and would be searching for a new coach in the coming weeks?
Bobby April’s special-teams unit provided the answer.
Howie Roseman shed some light on the decision to cut Chas Henry and sign veteran punter Mat McBriar.
The Eagles general manager revealed that they brought McBriar in Tuesday for a workout and noticed notable improvement in his kicks from the preseason. The 33-year-old McBriar is coming off an injury to his non-kicking foot.
“We did see a difference,” Roseman told the team’s website. “He seems healthier and he’s booming the ball now.”
Three weeks into the season, the Eagles have cut ties with punter Chas Henry and added veteran Mat McBriar.
Football in Philadelphia makes its long-awaited return tonight as the Eagles host the Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast locally on 6-ABC.
Tim and I will be there, and we’ll be hosting a live chat right here, so be sure to join us.
Meanwhile, here’s a cheat-sheet for you: 10 things to keep an eye on this evening.