Falcons’ Quinn on kicking game: ‘We haven’t met the mark’

In the NFL, there are three phases to the game. You have offense, defense, and special teams, and for the Atlanta Falcons, special teams have let them down in the preseason, especially the kicking game.

On Thursday night, in their preseason finale against the Jaguars, the kicking game let the Falcons down again. Giorgio Tavecchio and Blair Walsh both missed field goals last night. For Tavecchio, that was his fifth miss in the preseason.

“We haven’t met the mark,” Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said after the Falcons’ victory over Jacksonville. “We have a lot of faith in Giorgio (Tavecchio) last year after going 5-for-5 when we had him in here after Matt was injured. But we haven’t hit the same mark this year, so that prompted us looking for weeks now and evaluating and that why is Blair (Walsh) came in there as well. That’s part of the process when you don’t make the mark. I wouldn’t say we lost faith, but our first experience with him was an excellent one, and right now we’re not hitting that same stride. That’s what prompted the looking.”

On Friday, the Falcons will be bringing in 44-year-old K Matt Bryant for a workout. Bryant spent last season in Atlanta before getting released by the Falcons back in February. In 2018, Bryant missed only one field goal(20-21).

“He has been someone Thomas (Dimitroff), and I have been talking about for a while,” Quinn said. “We had already scheduled him coming in. For all positions, you want to make sure you’re evaluating the best for your time. Matt is obviously a guy we have great faith and believe in. It will be good to see him tomorrow and get a workout to see where he’s at. That is kind of where we’re at. Like most things, it’s easy to put the cart in front of the horse, but we look forward to having him here, and we’ll have more information as we go through it tomorrow.”

Bryant, who spent ten seasons with the Falcons, missed three games last season with a hamstring injury, and it appears if the 17-year veteran is right, the Falcons will probably sign him. Bryant is dependable, and that is what you want and need from your kicker in the NFL.

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