Unhappy with kickers, Falcons recall 44-year-old Matt Bryant
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing back 44-year-old kicker Matt Bryant after failing to find his successor during preseason.
Bryant set for tryout as Falcons make roster decisions
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are bringing in Matt Bryant for a tryout Friday, turning to their kicker of the last 10 years to address a big concern during the...
Falcons bring in Blair Walsh to compete for kicking job
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — With just a few days left in the preseason, the Atlanta Falcons have brought in former Pro Bowler Blair Walsh to compete for their kicking job.
Robert Alford, Matt Bryant ruled out for Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and kicker Matt Bryant missed practice for the third straight day and have been ruled for Sunday's game at Washington.
Coach Dan Quinn said rookie Isaiah Oliver will take Alford's spot. Oliver, a second-round draft pick from Colorado, makes his second career start.
Falcons’ Alford, Bryant ruled out for game vs Redskins
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons cornerback Robert Alford and kicker Matt Bryant have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins after both missed practice for the third straight day.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that rookie Isaiah Oliver will take Alford's spot. Oliver, a second-round draft pick from Colorado, makes his second career start.
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman goes on IR with groin injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is going on injured reserve, another major setback for a team that already has lost several key players.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Freeman's groin injury was more serious than initially thought, forcing him to undergo a surgical procedure.
Falcons K Bryant (hamstring) likely to miss next game
ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is expected to miss the next game against the New York Giants after straining his right hamstring making a 57-yard field goal that helped Atlanta snap a three-game losing streak.
Coach Dan Quinn said Monday the Falcons are going to bring in another kicker this week to fill in for Bryant. Giorgio Tavecchio, who was with the team at the end of the preseason, is among the candidates.
Bryant won’t dress this week, so Falcons sign another kicker
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to compete with Matt Bryant's primary backup in the last preseason game.
Coach Dan Quinn said Bryant is healthy after missing the first two preseason games with an undisclosed injury, but the 43-year-old will not dress for this week's exhibition finale.
Bryant, the franchise's career scoring leader, returned in Saturday's exhibition loss at Jacksonville to kick two attempts from 47 and 33 yards.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Free-agent kicker Mike Nugent has signed with the Oakland Raiders.
The team announced the move Saturday that also included waiving kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.
Nugent, 36, spent last year between Chicago and Dallas with four starts for each team. He made 11 of 13 field goals in all with a long of 55 yards while converting 4 of 5 between 40 and 49 yards. He went 15 for 17 on PATs.
Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders 17-16
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This time the field goal went in for the Los Angeles Chargers, and it was the opponent wondering what went wrong on a key kick.
Novak’s late kick leads Chargers past Raiders 17-16
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the Los Angeles Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio to beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 on Sunday.
Tavecchio sticks with NFL dream and kicks way to history
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Giorgio Tavecchio was ready to give up his dreams of kicking in the NFL and take a business job in London.
The pain of being cut six times without ever playing an NFL game had taken its toll mentally on Tavecchio and he was ready to move on before the Oakland Raiders gave him a call to come to camp for a fourth straight year as the backup to Sebastian Janikowski.
Raiders place K Sebastian Janikowski on IR with back injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders placed long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster.
The team made the move a day before the season opener against the Titans. The Raiders had signed Tavecchio on Friday as insurance if Janikowski wasn't healed and brought him to Tennessee in case he needed to be activated.
Raiders sign K Giorgio Tavecchio to practice squad
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to the practice squad as insurance in case Sebastian Janikowski can't kick in the season opener.
Tavecchio traveled with the Raiders on Friday to Tennessee where they open their season against the Titans on Sunday.
Janikowski has been dealing with a back injury this week and is listed as questionable for the game. Tavecchio spent the exhibition season with the Raiders before being released last week.