Unit-by-Unit analysis: Special teams
FEBRUARY 5, 2017 HOUSTON TX Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) kicks the extra points following a score as the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, Sunday, February 5, 2017. John Spink/AJC
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons reclaimed the NFC South title and became NFC champions for just the second time in franchise history.
The Falcons, calling themselves a Brotherhood, had a major breakthrough in Dan Quinn’s second season as head coach before collapsing in the Super Bowl LI in grand fashion against New England by blowing a 25-point lead.
The offense soared to new heights and the young, marauding defense made great strides over the course of the season and 41-year-old kicker Matt Bryant kicked like a 20-something.
We conclude our unit-by-unit review of the 2016 team with the special teamers:
Who: K – Matt Bryant. P – Matt Bosher. KOR/PR – Eric Weems. LS – Josh Harris.
Contract/free agent situation: Weems in set to become an unrestricted free agent.
What they did in season: Bryant, at 41, continue to kick well after facing a training camp challenge. Bosher battled through a hamstring injury, but was steady again with his directional punting. He also handled the kickoff duties. Weems was steady, but didn’t break many returns. Harris’ pinpoint snapping precision helped the units.
What they did in postseason: The units were steady in the post season.
Comment: The biggest decision will be on Weems and if Devin Fuller is ready to challenge for the return job.
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Tuesday: The running backs and Wide receivers
Wednesday: The tight ends at 10 a.m. and offensive line at 2 p.m.
Thursday: The defensive line at 10 a.m. and linebackers at 2 p.m.
Friday: The defensive backs at 10 a.m. and special teams at 2 p.m.
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