Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a radio interview Thursday morning that Bryant (hamstring) has been ruled out Monday night against the Giants, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. Bryant had a perfect kicking day Week 6 against Tampa Bay, but had to be helped off the field and did not speak to media afterwards. It turns out this injury will force him to miss time, and the Falcons should confirm Quinn's assertion when their official injury report is released this week. With Bryant on the shelf, the recently signed Giorgio Tavecchio will handle kicking duties for the Monday night matchup.
Coach Dan Quinn said Bryant (hamstring) likely will miss next Monday's game against the Giants, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. In the wake of his 57-yard field goal with less than one minute remaining Sunday against the Buccaneers, Bryant needed the help of teammates to get off the field and had an evident limp as he walked to the locker room. The Falcons will work out kickers this week and sign one of them for the short term. Per Jason Butt of The Athletic, Giorgio Tavecchio is an option after spending the last week of August with the team.
Bryant connected on a 47-yard field goal, and went 2-for-2 on extra-point tries during Sunday's 41-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The 43-year-old Bryant made his 19th consecutive field-goal attempt in the loss to Pittsburgh, continuing a streak that dates back to Week 16 of last year. He's had zero or one field-goal tries in three of the Falcons' five games, leading to inconsistent production from the 17th-year man. Bryant may see a higher volume of work Sunday, facing a Tampa Bay defense that ranks sixth-worst in the NFL in scoring defense.
Bryant converted on 3-of-3 field-goal tries with three successful extra-point attempts, but Atlanta lost 37-36 to Cincinnati on Sunday. Money Matt connected on attempts from 28, 32 and 55 yards out, keeping him perfect on field goals in 2018 (6-for-6), with one point-after try that clanked off the upright and was no good in Week 1. Bryant may have been more valuable prior to the Week 4 explosion had Atlanta's red-zone offense not been so effective, but he is a potential top-five option at kicker moving forward given the ease with which the team has been pushing the ball downfield over the past three weeks.
Bryant did not attempt a field goal, but connected on all three of his point-after tries during Sunday's 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans. Fantasy owners invested in Falcons skill-position players are thrilled with the team's red-zone resurgence Sunday, but those with stock in Bryant are underwhelmed with the veteran kicker's production through Week 3. Bryant has yet to break eight points (standard scoring) in any of Atlanta's games this year, and his three-point outing against the Saints marks his lowest output since Week 7 of the 2017 season. He hasn't missed a field-goal try yet this year, but the volume just hasn't been there, as Bryant has only three attempts to his credit on the young season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||31||11.33|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||7||6.60|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||8||6.67|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||17||7.80|