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McBriar proving to be a big weapon

Two years ago I had an opportunity to attend the Cowboys first training camp in Oxnard, CA for one day to watch both the morning and afternoon practices. It was then I first saw Matt McBriar punt and I thought to myself, this guy is going to be a huge weapon for us. I mean this guy was booming punts farther than any punter I ever saw. During that camp, he routinely hit 70 yards, it was really something to see. Now, in his third year, McBriar leads the NFL in gross punting and has become one of the Cowboys biggest weapons.

 Punter Matt McBriar's performance is helping the Cowboys in the battle for field position.

McBriar leads the NFL with a 51.8 gross punting average and is first in the NFC with a 41.8 net average.

McBriar has made 14 punts of 50 or more yards and five of 60 or more. His 75-yarder on Sunday against Houston tied for the second-longest punt in team history.

In my opinion, the Cowboys have to play fairly conservative against good teams on the road as the offensive line and Bledsoe have shown that they do not play well under those circumstances. Parcells will try to establish a running game and play field position with his defense and thats where McBriar has become such a huge weapon as the guy can turn field position around in our favor with just one kick.

"Hey, I've always been lucky as a coach to have a good punter," Parcells said. "I really have. [Sunday] is a perfect example. Where was the ball? It goes out on the two. That's 75 yards, think about that. How many first downs they have to make? If it was just a 40 yard punt, they have to make three more first downs. That's a lot."

McBriar is well on his way to going to Hawaii in mid February and probably for many more years to come.

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