Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons kicker Matt Bryant celebrates his game-winning field goal with 6 seconds remaining in the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2012 NFL playoffs. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons are allowed to carry 90 players on the roster into training camp.

The team is currently at 89 and are looking to add a cornerback. They worked out Leon Hall and Brandon Boykin.

The Falcons started their OTAs on Monday and the main questions surrounding the special teams units is whether rookie Nick Rose can beat out wily veteran Matt Bryant for the field goal kicker position.

Rose was impressive in his first OTA session on Monday. He has a live leg and was hitting the top of the filming crane on his kicks. Bryant’s kick didn’t have the same height or velocity, but he’s trusty and accurate.

Also, the Falcons appear set to wait on returner Devin Hester, who is attending the offseason program and receiving rehab treatments from trainer Marty Lauzon after undergoing foot and toe surgery in January.

His recovery time was slated to be between three and six months, but the Falcons are just hopeful that he can return before training camp in late July.

Rookie wide receiver Devin Fuller, who has some potential as a returner, was limited in the OTAs because of a hamstring injury.


K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

PR 17 Devin Hester, 14 Eric Weems, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic


Falcons’ offseason spotlight: OG Wes Schweizter, sixth round pick

Falcons offseason spotlight: LB De’Vondre Campbell, fourth round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: TE Austin Hooper, third round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: LB Deion Jones, second round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: SS Keanu Neal, first round pick

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DE/SLB Vic Beasley

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: DT Grady Jarrett

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: FS Robenson Therezie

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: CB J Collins

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: RB Tevin Coleman

Falcons’ offseason spotlight: WR Justin Hardy

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