Matt Bryant
K FA
1 month ago

Bryant said Tuesday that he wants to continue playing in the NFL and remains confident in his abilities to perform at a high level, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "I want to go where I'm wanted," the 43-year-old kicker explained. "I can still hit from 57 yards. I can still make the game-winning kick."

EDGE Analysis

Atlanta elected to let go of the ever-reliable Bryant last Wednesday, clearing up cap space for much-needed roster moves on both sides of the ball and providing Giorgio Tavecchio with an opportunity to become the Falcons' full-time place kicker. There are multiple teams who could use the services of Bryant, who connected on an extraordinary 20 of 21 field-goal tries last year. Though his ultimate destination remains up in the air, there is one team of the seven that posted a sub-80 percent field-goal rate that seems to make a lot of sense. When asked about returning to the Buccaneers, an organization in which he spent four seasons between 2005 and 2008, Bryant reported to ESPN's Vaughn McClure that "They are definitely an option. I could definitely (see myself) going back there to play. Bucs special teams coach Keith (Armstrong) knows me, and I know him."

Matt Bryant
K FA
2 months ago

Bryant tweeted Wednesday that he's been informed of his release.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant said Tuesday that he intends to continue his career, but it appears he'll need to move on from Atlanta where he spent the past 10 seasons. He converted 88.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in a Falcons uniform, including 20 of 21 (95.2 percent) during the 2018 campaign. The 43-year-old did miss three games with a hamstring injury, and he's been bothered by his back at times the past few seasons. Even with concerns about durability, Bryant shouldn't have much trouble finding another job.

Matt Bryant
K FA
3 months ago

Bryant converted on his lone field-goal attempt of 39 yards, and went 3-for-3 on extra points during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant continues to build upon his ever-reliable form, knocking nine of his 10 field-goal tries through the uprights since returning from a hamstring injury in Week 11, and converting on 18 of 19 FGA overall this season. If there is a black mark on Bryant's 2018 resume, it comes as a result of shaky results on point-after tries. (The veteran kicker has missed multiple PATs for the first time in his past 17 seasons as a pro.) In Week 17, Bryant's fantasy upside remains limited facing a Buccaneers team that's allowed 25 FGA all year, largely in part to a putrid red-zone defense. (Allowing touchdowns on 77.8 percent of opponent's red-zone drives.)

Matt Bryant
K FA
3 months ago

Bryant converted on field-goal attempts of 22 and 33 yards, while going 4 for 4 on extra-point tries during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Outside of coming up short on a 53-yard attempt last week at blustery Lambeau Field, Bryant has connected on all eight of his field-goal tries since returning from a hamstring injury in Week 11. This after going 9 for 9 through his first six appearances of 2018, though he has missed two extra points on the year -- just the second time Bryant has failed on multiple PATs since his rookie season of 2002. The fantasy upside is limited heading into a Week 16 matchup against Carolina's putrid red-zone defense. Allowing touchdowns on an astronomical 74.4 percent of opposing red-zone drives (31st), Carolina has yielded 20 FGA all season, fourth-fewest in the NFL.

Matt Bryant
K FA
3 months ago

Bryant failed on one of his three extra-point tries, also coming up short on a 53-yard field-goal attempt during Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Not only did the veteran kicker miss his first field-goal attempt of the year after converting on his first 15 tries, he also missed an extra point and a FGA within the same game for the first time since Nov. 13 of 2016 (and for the third time over his past 11 years in the NFL). Kicking in blustery Lambeau Field conditions in December is less than ideal, as Bryant struggled to slice his ball through the wind both in pregame warmups as well as during the game -- snapping an NFL-leading streak of 22 consecutive successful field goals with the miss. In Week 15, Bryant and the Falcons host a Cardinals bunch that's allowed 25 FGA on the year (tied-13th most).

Matt Bryant
K FA
4 months ago

Bryant (back) is listed as active Sunday at Green Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant was tacked onto Friday's injury report as a limited practice participant due to a lingering back concern, placing a cloud over his Week 14 availability. In the end, though, he'll suit up for the fourth game in a row against a reeling Packers squad. It should be noted reserve kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is in street clothes, a sign that the Falcons are confident Bryant will be able to handle his usual duties.

Matt Bryant
K FA
4 months ago

Bryant (back) was added to the Falcons' injury report Friday and is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant's back issue forced him to miss three games between Weeks 7 and 10, but he reclaimed kicking duties for the past three contests and showed no rust, converting all six of his field-goal attempts and going 5-for-5 on extra-point tries. The veteran's late addition to the injury report suggests his back may have acted up again at some point after Friday's practice, putting in jeopardy of his fourth absence of the season. Perhaps in recognition of the touch-and-go nature of Bryant's injury, the Falcons have been keeping Giorgio Tavecchio on the roster as a second kicker. Tavecchio will fill in for Bryant this weekend in the event the latter is unable to kick.

Matt Bryant
K FA
4 months ago

Bryant converted on a field-goal try from 44 yards out, and succeeded on his lone extra-point attempt during Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore.

EDGE Analysis

The beloved veteran kicker has yet to miss since returning from a groin injury in Week 11 (6/6 on FGA, 4/4 on PAT), but the volume of late has proven insufficient to returning starting value. With just two field-goal attempts over Atlanta's past two games, Bryant has registered an output of 10 combined points (standard scoring) against New Orleans and Baltimore -- teams that have each allowed 17 FGA this season (tied for third-fewest in NFL). Facing Green Bay's 12th-ranked red zone defense has potential to provide more scoring opportunities to Bryant in Week 14.

Matt Bryant
K FA
4 months ago

Bryant is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Contained to just one limited listing on the injury report this week, Bryant nonetheless will continue on as the Falcons' placekicker with Giorgio Tavecchio on the inactive list. In his eight appearances this season, Bryant has missed just one kick (an extra point) en route to 7.6 points per game.

Matt Bryant
K FA
4 months ago

Coach Dan Quinn said Bryant (back) will play Sunday against the Ravens, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bryant didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but the Falcons would've signed another kicker if they were truly worried about his availability. While the matchup with Baltimore isn't ideal, Bryant has an excellent track record kicking at home.