Falcons have decision to make at placekicker

Posted Feb. 06, 2010 @ 2:02 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Matt Bryant and Steven Hauschka are expected to compete to become the Falcons' placekicker next season, but the team is still looking to see what else is available at the position. Atlanta brought in three CFL kickers — Montreal's Damon Duval, Calgary's Sandro DeAngelis and Toronto's Justin Medlock — for a tryout on Feb. 2. PK Jason Elam was released last season after connecting on just 12 of his 19 field-goal attempts, and Hauschka was signed before Week 17 because Bryant, who made 7-of-10 attempts, was nagged by an injury. Observers expect Bryant, 34, to have a slight edge over Hauschka, a second-year veteran, if the Falcons don't throw any other competitors into the mix. Atlanta will have to make a decision at punter as well. Michael Koenen, who also kicks off, will become a restricted free agent in March. Koenen played under the franchise tag in '09, and the team wants to re-sign him.


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