Bryant was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Bryant's performance has been lacking since his return to Atlanta before Week 2, as he connected on nine of 14 field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries. Four of those five misses were from 50-plus, which was a strength of his between 2012 and 2018 (78 percent, or 32 of 41). The team signed Younghoe Koo as a corresponding move, per Schefter.
Bryant went 2-for-4 on field-goal tries and did not attempt an extra point during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Seahawks. There must have been a hex placed on Falcons kickers over the offseason, as no one who has assumed the role has done so without struggles. Bryant and Giorgio Tavecchio combined for an incredible 96.2 percent conversion rate on field-goal tries in 2018 (25-for-26), but Tavecchio had a disastrous preseason showing with just four makes on nine attempts, while Bryant has gone 9-for-14 on field goals during the regular season. Clearly, Bryant is struggling from long range, as both of his misses Sunday came from 50-plus yards. This has seemingly become a trend, given that four of his five misses thus far this season have come from that distance.
Bryant went 1-for-2 on field-goal tries, and made his only extra-point attempt during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams. The volume hasn't been there to support Bryant as a reliable fantasy boot, as he has only been afforded 1.4 field-goal attempts per game thus far this season. With those opportunities he hasn't been particularly efficient, either, missing three of 10 field goals, as well as a crucial extra-point attempt last week against Arizona that could have led the Falcons to an overtime opportunity instead of a one-point loss. Upcoming next is a seemingly favorable matchup against Seattle, as the Seahawks rank among the NFL's 10 worst defenses with 3.7 red-zone scoring opportunities allowed per game.
Bryant made both of his field-goal attempts, and three of four point-after tries during Atlanta's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals. He has made so many clutch kicks in his Falcons career, but Bryant's missed PAT in the waning moments Sunday may just be the straw that broke the camel's back for this 2019 Atlanta squad -- now having dropped to 1-5 with games upcoming against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints over the next four weeks. Coming into the game, Bryant had converted on 43 of 45 extra-point attempts since the start of last season, but in a high-pressure situation with an unfamiliar holder in Matt Schaub, the 44-year-old kicker was unable to convert. In Week 7, he and the Falcons will face a Rams team that has conceded multiple field-goal tries in every outing thus far this season, with an average of 2.5 attempts against per game.
Bryant went 3-for-3 on extra-point attempts and made his lone field-goal try of 35 yards during the Falcons' 53-32 loss to Houston on Sunday. The 44-year-old kicker enjoyed his second performance of 2019 with both a perfect rate on field goals and point-after attempts, but the volume has simply not been there for him to be a viable fantasy leg. Bryant has averaged less than one field-goal make per game, with no more than six points in any outing this season after exceeding that number six times in 13 appearances last year. Week 6 offers a chance for Bryant to establish a new season-best outing, facing an Arizona defense that ranks bottom five in red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||6.75|
|3||09/26||@New York Giants||22||7.94|
|4||10/03||Washington Football Team||15||7.12|
|5||10/10||New York Jets||28||8.94|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||10||6.72|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||9||6.63|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||6.75|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||26||8.81|
|18||01/09||New Orleans Saints||10||6.72|