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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Two more missed kicks in Week 8

    Bryant went 2-for-4 on field-goal tries and did not attempt an extra point during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Seahawks.

    There must have been a hex placed on Falcons kickers over the offseason, as no one who has assumed the role has done so without struggles. Bryant and Giorgio Tavecchio combined for an incredible 96.2 percent conversion rate on field-goal tries in 2018 (25-for-26), but Tavecchio had a disastrous preseason showing with just four makes on nine attempts, while Bryant has gone 9-for-14 on field goals during the regular season. Clearly, Bryant is struggling from long range, as both of his misses Sunday came from 50-plus yards. This has seemingly become a trend, given that four of his five misses thus far this season have come from that distance.

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  • Matt Bryant: Cut by Falcons

    Bryant was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Bryant's performance has been lacking since his return to Atlanta before Week 2, as he connected on nine of 14 field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries. Four of those five misses were from 50-plus, which was a strength of his between 2012 and 2018 (78 percent, or 32 of 41). The team signed Younghoe Koo as a corresponding move, per Schefter.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Kicking struggles persist in Week 7

    Bryant went 1-for-2 on field-goal tries, and made his only extra-point attempt during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.

    The volume hasn't been there to support Bryant as a reliable fantasy boot, as he has only been afforded 1.4 field-goal attempts per game thus far this season. With those opportunities he hasn't been particularly efficient, either, missing three of 10 field goals, as well as a crucial extra-point attempt last week against Arizona that could have led the Falcons to an overtime opportunity instead of a one-point loss. Upcoming next is a seemingly favorable matchup against Seattle, as the Seahawks rank among the NFL's 10 worst defenses with 3.7 red-zone scoring opportunities allowed per game.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Missed PAT facilitates fall to 1-5

    Bryant made both of his field-goal attempts, and three of four point-after tries during Atlanta's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.

    He has made so many clutch kicks in his Falcons career, but Bryant's missed PAT in the waning moments Sunday may just be the straw that broke the camel's back for this 2019 Atlanta squad -- now having dropped to 1-5 with games upcoming against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints over the next four weeks. Coming into the game, Bryant had converted on 43 of 45 extra-point attempts since the start of last season, but in a high-pressure situation with an unfamiliar holder in Matt Schaub, the 44-year-old kicker was unable to convert. In Week 7, he and the Falcons will face a Rams team that has conceded multiple field-goal tries in every outing thus far this season, with an average of 2.5 attempts against per game.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Hits all four field goals and PATS

    Bryant went 3-for-3 on extra-point attempts and made his lone field-goal try of 35 yards during the Falcons' 53-32 loss to Houston on Sunday.

    The 44-year-old kicker enjoyed his second performance of 2019 with both a perfect rate on field goals and point-after attempts, but the volume has simply not been there for him to be a viable fantasy leg. Bryant has averaged less than one field-goal make per game, with no more than six points in any outing this season after exceeding that number six times in 13 appearances last year. Week 6 offers a chance for Bryant to establish a new season-best outing, facing an Arizona defense that ranks bottom five in red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Misses second field goal of 2019

    Bryant went 1-for-2 on field-goal tries and converted his lone extra-point attempt during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Tennessee.

    The ageless wonder Bryant has been far from his usual productive self in terms of fantasy output, drawing only five field-goal attempts in four games, and missing on two of those tries. As a benefactor of a prolific Falcons offense, Bryant converted on exactly 34 field goals in both 2016 and 2017, but has only been afforded 26 attempts in 17 appearances since. Week 5 presents a hopeful matchup, as Bryant and the Falcons oppose a Texans team that has conceded an average of 2.8 field-goal attempts per game as a byproduct of a red zone defense that was tied for 14th in opponent red-zone touchdown percentage entering Week 4.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Converts 34-yarder

    Bryant made his only field-goal attempt from 34 yards and all three extra points in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

    Bryant's perfect on all six extra-point attempts this season, and he's made two of three field goals with one coming from 50 yards. His next contest will be against the Titans, which allowed two field goals over 40 yards in Week 3.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Misses one kick in Sunday night win

    Bryant went 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and made all three of his point-after tries during Sunday's 24-20 win against Philadelphia.

    The 44-year-old placekicker sunk his first field-goal try of 2019 by knocking down a 50-yard attempt on Atlanta's first drive of the night. He pulled another 50-yarder wide left later in the contest, only to see Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz gift the ball right back to the Falcons with an interception on the subsequent play. Week 3 brings a matchup against an Indianapolis defense that's conceded just five field-goal attempts over its past five regular and postseason games.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Donut to kick off 2019

    Bryant did not attempt a field goal or an extra point during Sunday's 28-12 loss to Minnesota.

    Scoring opportunities were severely limited for the 44-year-old Bryant in this one, as Atlanta found itself in a multi-possession, first quarter deficit to the Vikings and elected to forgo field-goal chances for potential touchdowns as the game wore on. Red-zone trips were sparse to begin with, as Atlanta did not get inside the Minnesota 20-yard line until its opening drive of the second half, and that series culminated in an Anthony Harris interception in the end zone -- his second of the contest. Week 2 could allow for a Bryant rebound, as the Eagles permitted scoring opportunities aplenty against Washington in its first outing of the season, with Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins benefitting from five combined field-goal and extra-point attempts.

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  • Falcons' Matt Bryant: Signs with Falcons

    Bryant signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Bryant worked out with the Falcons on Thursday and was ultimately lured out of retirement, presumably to replace Giorgio Tavecchio and Blair Walsh, who were equally disappointing during the preseason. The 44-year-old has been nearly automatic in domes throughout his career, connecting on 89.4 percent of his kicks in the aforementioned contests. Bryant should be an intriguing fantasy option situated in the Atlanta offense that plays just three outdoor games all season.

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  • Matt Bryant: Confirms tryout with Falcons

    Bryant confirmed he has a tryout with the Falcons scheduled for Friday, Vaughn McClure of reports.

    The Falcons apparently haven't been too impressed by what they've seen from Giorgio Tavecchio and Blair Walsh, so the team now will take a look at the 44-year-old Bryant, who played in Atlanta from 2009 to 2018, converting 88.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in that stretch. His career rate of 89.4 percent in dome games should be appealing to a team that's scheduled for just three outdoor contests in 2019. Given the talent on offense along with a favorable schedule, the Atlanta kicker should be a usable fantasy starter this season, regardless of which player gets the job.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-9, 203 lbs
Birthplace: Orange, TX, USA
Age: 48
School: Baylor
Experience: 18