Koo has re-signed with the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Although he's been in the NFL since 2017, the 26-year-old kicker only has two accrued seasons, which means he won't become a restricted free agent until spring 2022. Koo finished 2020 as the league leader in field goals made (37), notably going 8-of-8 from 50-plus yards out. He should be drafted in any league that uses kickers.
Koo will be an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, which "practically guarantees" he'll be back with the Falcons for 2021, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Players who reach the end of their contracts with less than three accrued seasons in the NFL become ERFAs. These players don't actually have any negotiating power, as they can only play for their original team, so long as the team tenders them a minimum salary. Koo's impressive performance the past two years ensures he'll get that tender, unless he receives a long-term extension first. Either way, he figures to be Atlanta's kicker in 2021, hoping to build on a 2020 campaign in which he converted 37 of 39 field-goal attempts and 33 of 36 point-after attempts.
Koo converted on field-goal tries of 22 and 21 yards while making all three of his point-after attempts during Sunday's 44-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
Koo's most notable gaffe of the campaign came Week 16 when he missed a potential game-tying field goal of 39 yards in the waning seconds of a loss to the Chiefs. Otherwise, the 26-year-old enjoyed a sterling 2020 season, tying for the league lead in scoring (144 points) while earning his first career Pro Bowl nod. Koo hit on 37 of his 39 field-goal attempts this season while going 33-for-36 on PATs over his 15 appearances. Having pocketed $750,000 on his contract from this season, Koo prepares to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Koo made both of his extra-point tries but missed on a potential game-tying 39-yard field-goal attempt with 14 seconds remaining in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Koo pushed the crunch-time kick wide right, continuing a season of frequent late-game heartbreak for the Falcons faithful. The 26-year-old had missed only one of 36 field-goal attempts this season coming into Week 16, composing a perfect 8-for-8 mark on kicks of 50 yards or more. Koo's 30-for-33 rate on extra-point attempts demonstrates a potential blind spot in his game at the short-to-intermediate level, and unfortunately for Atlanta, that reality reared its ugly head Sunday afternoon.
Koo made both of his field-goal attempts while going 3-for-3 on point-after tries during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Georgia Southern product continues a tremendous streak of play by virtue of his Week 15 performance, as Koo is now a perfect 30-for-30 on field goals and extra points over his past six outings. Koo boasts a sterling conversion rate of 97.2 percent on 36 field-goal tries for the season, though his 90.3 percent PAT rate is a work in progress. He remains the NFL's leading scorer with 133 points heading into a Week 16 road trip to Kansas City.
Koo made his lone field-goal attempt of 45 yards, also converting both of his extra-point tries during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.
Taking on the team that cut him following a four-game stint in 2017, Koo demonstrated the consistency that has since transformed him into a Pro Bowl-caliber kicker. The 26-year-old reached an incredible 33-for-34 mark on field goals with his Week 14 performance, also pushing his PAT conversion rate above 90 percent for the first time all season. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley, meanwhile, entered the contest tied for 25th in the league with a 73.1 percent conversion rate on field-goal attempts.
Koo went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts while converting his lone point-after try during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.
The reigning NFC Special Teams Player of the Month carries his hot streak into December, as he's now converted on 24 consecutive field-goal tries. Koo's deep-range success persists, with his first-quarter conversion from 53 yards out placing him at a perfect 7-for-7 on 50-plus-yard attempts this season. The 26-year-old has a strong chance of keeping up his prolific scoring pace Week 14 against the Chargers, with Los Angeles surrendering the eighth-most field-goal attempts per game in the NFL (2.2).
Koo has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Month, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Koo went a perfect 10-for-10 on field-goal tries and 8-for-8 on extra-point attempts over three November appearances. The 26-year-old has posted a sterling 96.7 percent overall conversion rate on field goals this season, while his 109 points represent an NFL high. Koo was limited during Wednesday's practice because of a quadriceps injury, but a full session Thursday shows he should be in the clear for a Week 13 matchup against the Saints.
Koo (quadriceps) turned in a full practice Thursday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Koo was a limited participant Wednesday while he nursed a right quad injury, but his ability to take every rep in practice a day later puts him on track to retain kicking duties for the Falcons in Sunday's game versus the Saints. The 26-year-old has actually been more accurate on field-goal attempts than extra-point tries this season, going 29 for 30 and 22 for 25 in those respective situations.
Koo (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Koo's right quad is a little sore after he converted all nine of his kicks in last week's 43-6 drubbing of the Raiders. Unless his practice participation declines as the week unfolds, Koo should be able to suit up when the Saints come to town Sunday.
Koo went 5-for-5 on field-goal tries and 4-for-4 on extra-point attempts during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.
Koo continues to enjoy a breakout campaign, as he leads all kickers in scoring with 10.9 points per game this season. In fact, the 26-year-old has established himself a buffer in that category, compiling 1.8 more points per game than any other NFL kicker with a minimum of three appearances this year. Over 18 games in a Falcons uniform since Week 9 of 2019, Koo has converted an outstanding 92.9 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Koo went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
During a game in which Atlanta made just one trip to New Orleans' red zone, Koo provided all nine of the Falcons' points, succeeding on attempts from 28, 51 and 52 yards out. With his incredible 96 percent hit rate on field-goal tries, the 26-year-old leads the NFL with 24 conversions despite missing one game this season. Koo is a perfect 5-for-5 from 50-plus yards as Atlanta prepares for a Week 12 matchup against the Raiders.
Koo made both of his field-goal attempts, including a long of 52 yards, also going 4-for-4 on extra-point tries during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.
Koo continues to display consistency from deep range, improving to 3-for-3 on field-goal tries of 50-plus yards this season with his Week 9 performance. The Georgia Southern product has been enjoying a marvelous 2020 with the Falcons overall, as he's 21-for-22 on field goals this season after knocking down 23 of 26 tries in eight appearances for Atlanta last year. A sub-90 percent PAT rate the past two seasons provides room for improvement within Koo's game, but the 26-year-old is starting to look like a keeper for the 3-6 Falcons.
Koo went 4-for-4 on field-goal tries and 1-for-2 on extra-point attempts during Thursday's 25-17 win against the Panthers.
Atlanta surged ahead 25-17 with 11:01 to go by virtue of a three-yard Todd Gurley touchdown plunge, but a missed PAT from Koo allowed the Panthers to stay within one possession late. Blidi Wreh-Wilson was able to come away with the big turnover on Carolina's final offensive drive, bailing Koo and the Falcons out. The 26-year-old kicker has been incredibly reliable on field goals, as he's gone 42-for-46 in his 15-game Falcon tenure. PATs are a serious work in progress, however, as Koo has already missed three of 17 attempts this season.
Koo went 2-for-2 on extra-point attempts during Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions.
Koo had provided steady production with an average of three field-goal conversions per game Weeks 1 through 6, but he wasn't afforded a single try in a home loss to Detroit. The Falcons did go for it twice on fourth downs, with one of those attempts involving the decision to pass on a potential 30-yard attempt from Koo. He may garner more opportunities Week 8 during a Thursday night matchup against the Panthers, as Carolina's red-zone defense has been reasonably effective in holding opponents to a 65.2 percent TD rate this season.
Koo went 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts and 4-for-4 on extra-point tries during Sunday's 40-23 win against Minnesota.
The 26-year-old remains a high-floor fantasy option, with multiple field goals converted in all five of his appearances this season, and three or more field-goal attempts in each of his past four outings. Koo has been reliable from intermediate-to-deep range as well, nailing all three of his attempts Sunday from 40-plus yards, and standing at a 9-for-10 mark from 40 or more yards out this season.
Koo went 3-for-3 on field-goal tries while converting his lone point-after attempt during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers.
After being ruled out for Atlanta's Week 4 loss to the Packers with a groin injury, Koo resumed his strong 2020 campaign against Carolina by pushing his field-goal conversion rate to 91.7 percent. Coupling his efficient FG rate with his success on onside kicks, Koo has been a fine special-teams asset in 12 career appearances for the Falcons. Dependability on extra points has been the area of Koo's game where there remains room for improvement, as he has already missed two of nine attempts on the year.
Koo (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Koo wasn't able to suit up in Monday's loss to the Packers, but he now looks back to full health. The Falcons have already demoted Elliott Fry back to the practice squad, indicating Koo will be good to go for Atlanta's Week 5 matchup with the Panthers.
Koo (groin) has been ruled out ahead of Monday's game against the Packers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
This was hardly surprising considering Koo did not practice all week. Elliott Fry will slide in as the starting kicker in what figures to be a high-octane shootout against the Packers. The Packers are averaging the most points scored (40.7) through three weeks with the Falcons narrowly behind in sixth place (30).
Koo (groin) didn't participate in Friday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
The Falcons have already stated that Koo is likely to miss time, and a second straight DNP to start the practice week aligns with that notion. Elliott Fry is on the practice squad and likely will be elevated if Koo is indeed ruled out.
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