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Monday, October 1, 2012

NFL Week Four: The Long and Short of It - Alex Henery & Lawrence Tynes

Long snapper Jon Dorenbos was limited by a sprained ankle last week. On Tuesday, punter/holder Chas Henry was released and replaced by Mat McBriar. Yesterday they worked with kicker Alex Henery to produce four field goals (20, 48, 35 & 26 yards). The latter came with 1:49 remaining in the game and proved to be the winning points in a 19-17 Philadelphia victory over the New York Giants. 

They were prepared, as Henery described:
"That’s why we worked all week and out there today. Our rhythm was real good. You couldn’t even [tell] that someone new was in there. I was hitting the ball as well as I have [in previous games], so I was happy with that."
As a kicker you feel like every game is going to go like that. So when it does come you’re not surprised. Going in to every game you feel like you’re going to have to make a kick to win the game. So you just prepare yourself for that."
Dorenbos added:
"Alex did a phenomenal job. I like Alex's style; he's so low-key. He goes with the flow. Alex is an easy player to play with."
For the Giants, kicker Lawrence Tynes got two opportunities to try his own game winner from 54 yards with ten seconds left on the clock. His first try was wide left, but the play didn't count as Eagles head coach Andy Reid had called an icing timeout. On the official retry Tynes came up short.
"It’s definitely not one that you want to miss at the end of the game... I tried to hit [the second one] straighter, which I did. I didn’t hit it far enough, hit it in a different spot on the ball."
His holder, punter Steve Weatherford, commented afterward:
"Any time Lawrence steps on the field, he expects to make the kick, whether it's 60 yards, 54 or 22. That's his job and he's very good at it, so we still have all the faith in the world in him."

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