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ClutchPoints Sep 4, 2019
Matt Bryant admits being upset with Falcons after release

Matt Bryant admits being upset with Falcons after release

When the Atlanta Falcons decided to move on from Matt Bryant this offseason it was a bit shocking, and it was something that didn’t make him very happy. Bryant was signed after Giorgio Tavecchio struggled during the preseason and now that Bryant is back, he says all is forgiven. “I would be lying to say […] The post Matt Bryant admits being upset with Falcons after release appeared first on ClutchPoints.
ClutchPoints Aug 25, 2019
Falcons add kicker Blair Walsh

Falcons add kicker Blair Walsh

The Atlanta Falcons have had problems making field goals throughout the preseason. To help them overcome the stumbling block, Atlanta has signed veteran kicker Blair Walsh. Through three games in the preseason, Giorgio Tavecchio has struggled to kick the ball through the uprights. The former Oakland Raiders kicker has made just four of his eight […] The post Falcons add kicker Blair Walsh appeared first on ClutchPoints.
The Falcoholic Aug 24, 2019
Falcons land K Blair Walsh with Giorgio Tavecchio struggling

Falcons land K Blair Walsh with Giorgio Tavecchio struggling

Photo by Otto Greule Jr / It’s a bit of a surprising move, but the Falcons are trying to send a message to a guy who has only hit half of his preseason field goals. The Falcons figured to at least work out a couple of kickers this week with Giorgio Tavecchio scuffling mightily. I just wasn’t sure if they’d actually go out and sign one with one week of preseason left for Tavecchio to sink or swim. We’ve got our answers, as the Falcons have signed former Viking and Seahawk Blair Walsh. Falcons sign kicker Blair Walsh with Giorgio Tavecchio struggling. Tavecchio still around—...
The Falcoholic Aug 24, 2019
Which young Falcons deserve a longer look in the preseason finale?

Which young Falcons deserve a longer look in the preseason finale?

For a variety of reasons, these four Falcons deserve some extended burn. There is, mercifully, only a single preseason game remaining. That means one final opportunity for your roster hopefuls and even locked in guys to make their cases for regular season roles, which means it’s likely to be sloppy but maybe actually kind of interesting! The four players below are a mix of strong roster bets (Matt Gono, Duke Riley), roster hopefuls (Olamide Zaccheaus), and guys hanging on to their roster lives by a thread (Giorgio Tavecchio). Here’s why all four deserve longer looks this coming...
The Falcoholic Aug 23, 2019
It’s time for the Falcons to ‘boot’ out Giorgio Tavecchio

It’s time for the Falcons to ‘boot’ out Giorgio Tavecchio

David Photo byDavid John Griffin/Icon Sportswire via The Italian Ice has melted and it’s time to cash in on Money Matt. The Atlanta Falcons were defeated by Washington on Thursday night, which delivered the team its 12th consecutive preseason loss. As the team got into field goal range following a fake punt and Matt Ryan scramble, all eyes were on starting kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. Earlier in the week, Dan Quinn shared his support for the 29-year-old kicker. “You don’t like to miss them whether they are 30 yards or 50 yarders,” Quinn said. “He’s a competitor and has the...
The Falcoholic Aug 23, 2019
3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington

3 hot takes from Atlanta-Washington

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Few things went right, but the takes...the takes are flowing. Hot takes are the order of the day after messy preseason football, and despite the lack of things to celebrate (I’m glaring at you, Giorgio Tavecchio, I trusted you) we still have a few items to key on. Let’s get to them. Ito Smith is the #2 back, period This was never in all that much doubt, but Brian Hill’s stellar early summer and Qadree Ollison’s hype at least raised the possibility that Ito might be challenged for the backup job. He’s slammed the door shut the last two weeks, though,...
The Falcoholic Aug 23, 2019
Atlanta - Washington recap: Please, no more preseason

Atlanta - Washington recap: Please, no more preseason

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ The Falcons are seeing doubt and injuries pile up as the weeks grind on. The Falcons have a nasty habit of putting you in a very, very bad mood with their preseason games early in the evening and never letting off the gas, to the point where looking back all you have is a sour feeling. I did my best to avoid that last night, but then, the Falcons were doing their best to Falcon. Between Giorgio Tavecchio missing a field goal almost immediately, Matt Ryan finding few open receivers and taking a couple of big hits, and the offense generally looking sluggish whenever...
The Falcoholic Aug 22, 2019
Dan Quinn: Falcons will evaluate kicker after latest Giorgio Tavecchio miss

Dan Quinn: Falcons will evaluate kicker after latest Giorgio Tavecchio miss

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ That’s an ominous sign for the veteran. When the Falcons let Matt Bryant go, I don’t think there was a Falcons fan alive who thought “well, Giorgio Tavecchio will be better!” It was clear the Falcons were trying to save some money and avoid a situation where the ageless wonder aged and they were left scrambling, so they went with a reasonably young, reasonably cheap option who performed well for them in limited chances last year. It wasn’t difficult to argue with the wisdom of that move, but given the relatively kicker-friendly confines of Mercedes-Benz...
The Falcoholic Aug 21, 2019
Patience is key with Giorgio Tavecchio

Patience is key with Giorgio Tavecchio

Photo by Michael Reaves/ It’s hard to be patient with a position as vital—and volatile—as kicker. But it’s the right move for the Falcons heading into the final two preseason games. After Giorgio Tavecchio missed his first kick of the preseason, the clamoring for Falcons’ legend Matt Bryant to return to Atlanta had already begun. Sure, it was minimal and mostly joking, but it was there. Tavecchio has now missed three kicks during the 2019 preseason, and the cries for Bryant have only gotten louder. It’s not entirely surprising: Bryant was the franchise’s best kicker, is...
The Falcoholic Aug 20, 2019
Dan Quinn throws support behind struggling kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Dan Quinn throws support behind struggling kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ The team does not seem ready to add any competition at kicker. Yet. Tampa Bay unceremoniously got rid of Matt Bryant in 2008 when they expected the 33-year-old’s career to be wrapping up. They have yet to find a decent kicker despite spending a second-round selection on a kicker only a few years ago. The Falcons unceremoniously got rid of Bryant this offseason when they expected the 43 year-old’s career to be wrapping up. The Falcons also liked Giorgio Tavecchio, the team’s kicker through three games in 2018. He impressed with some great kicks, including two...

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