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7 Younghoe Koo K

Atlanta Falcons

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May 13, 2020 01:16 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Expected to face competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Dan Quinn said that the Falcons are hoping to add some competition for Koo at the kicker position, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

While in-person workouts remain inconceivable for the time being, Koo is still going to have to prove himself during the lead-up to the regular season. The 25-year-old is currently the only kicker on the depth chart, but Quinn has remained adamant throughout the offseason that he is seeking competition at the position. Though Koo knocked down an impressive 23 of 26 field goals during his debut campaign in Atlanta, Quinn is wary of anointing his starter prematurely. Giorgio Tavecchio entered 2019 as the lone kicker on the roster, and proceeded to make just four of nine preseason field-goal attempts before being cut.

February 18, 2020 04:16 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Signs one-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo signed a one-year contract extension with the Falcons on Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Koo was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent in March, but the team bypassed that and locked him down to a "prove-it" contract. Koo took over as the Falcons' starting kicker in 2019 after the team cut veteran Matt Bryant midseason. The 25-year-old Koo performed admirably, connecting on 23 of 26 field goals (88 percent) and hitting 15 of 16 extra points over eight games.

January 23, 2020 08:08 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Likely to be tendered by Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo is expected to be brought back by the Falcons on a one-year tender, Jason Butt of the Athletic reports.

The 25-year-old kicker is set to become an exclusive-rights free agent upon the dawn of the new league year, but Atlanta wants to bring him back after he went 23-for-26 on field goals and 15-for-16 on extra points during his first campaign with the team. Coach Dan Quinn has made it clear, however, that unlike last year there is expected to be competition for the starting kicker job throughout the offseason. Giorgio Tavecchio was the lone kicker on Atlanta's roster to begin the 2019 preseason, but he converted just four of nine kicks during the exhibition slate before being ousted by veteran Matt Bryant and subsequently Koo, who made his season debut Week 10.

December 30, 2019 10:08 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Wraps up 2019 with stellar showing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo went 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts, while sinking his lone point-after try during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against the Buccaneers.

Across eight games as Atlanta's placekicker, Koo established a proficient 88.5 percent conversion rate on field goals as well as a 15-for-16 mark on PATs. Koo got off to a shaky start to his Falcons career by missing three of his first 12 tries from the field, but he steadied out and was able to convert on 14 consecutive kicks to close out 2019. In addition to his improved accuracy, Koo also provided the unique benefit of being an effective onside kicker, successfully converting two onside kicks this season while having another two offset by penalty. Koo's contract expires over the offseason, but with a lack of reliable kicking options across the NFL, Koo may be brought back for the sixth year of the Dan Quinn era.

December 23, 2019 07:20 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Misses another kick
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo went 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts and 3-for-3 on PATs during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

The 25-year-old may be the most accomplished onside kicker of the 2019 NFL season, while he's gone 82.4 percent on field goals since Week 11. Upcoming next is a promising opportunity for Koo if he can level out his consistency, with Atlanta taking on a Buccaneers team that ranks tied for 32nd in the NFL with 2.5 field-goal attempts allowed per game.

December 19, 2019 04:28 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Puts in full workout
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Koo (foot) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Koo was limited in Wednesday's session with a left foot injury, but his upgrade to full activity Thursday clears the way for him to handle kicking duties for Atlanta in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Since signing with the team in late October, Koo has hit 17 of 19 field-goal tries and 11 of 12 extra-point attempts in six games.

December 19, 2019 09:08 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Dealing with left foot injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo (left foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Koo has been excellent for the Falcons this season, connecting on 17 of 19 field goals (89 percent), including six of seven from beyond 40 yards. The 24-year-old is perhaps the most effective kicker in the league at onside kicks as well. Koo is dealing with an injury to his plant foot, though, so it'll be important to keep an eye on his practice status this week as well as whether the Falcons bring in kickers for workouts or sign one to the practice squad.

December 16, 2019 01:08 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Onside kick called off by penalty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo made his lone field-goal attempt from 43 yards out and went 2-for-2 on point-after tries during Sunday's 29-22 win against the 49ers.

The trick shot specialist converted yet another successful onside kick Week 15 against San Francisco, but the play was waved off by an illegal formation penalty. The reigning Special Teams Player of the Week pooched a beautiful bouncing kickoff attempt into the arms of Foyesade Oluokun, as Atlanta benefited from the element of surprise in recovering an onside kick to open up the second half, but after the five-yard penalty was enforced Atlanta elected to boot it deep. In addition to being a secret weapon on kickoffs, Koo has been more reliable as a place kicker of late as well, nailing all 11 of his field goals and PATs over the past two weeks after failing on one of each Week 13 against the Saints.

December 9, 2019 01:00 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Racks up 16 points, recovers fumble
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Koo went 4-for-4 on field-goal tries and 4-for-4 on extra points during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina.

Koo regained hold of the Falcons' starting kicker job with a strong Week 14 performance, after enduring a shaky stretch between Weeks 11 and 13 in which he missed two extra points and a field goal. Since missing those three kicks, Koo has gone 10-for-10 on field goal and PATS, converted two onside kicks, and even recovered a fumble on a kickoff return Sunday -- scooping up a loose ball that Panthers return man Greg Dortch put on the ground in the third quarter. Koo doesn't seem like a prime candidate to accumulate rampant production from the kicker position in Week 15, however, taking on a San Francisco defense that ranks No. 2 in the NFL with 1.2 field-goal attempts allowed per game this season.

November 29, 2019 05:00 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Still locked in as kicker
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Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that Koo will remain the Falcons' kicker, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Koo has missed three combined field-goal and extra-point tries over the last three contests, but he redeemed himself in some capacity by converting two onside kicks during Thursday's loss to the Saints. While the 25-year-old looks like he'll remain on the roster through the Week 14 game with the Panthers, he'll need to improve his accuracy to keep his spot for the remainder of the season.

November 30, 2019 12:08 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Two onside kicks prove insufficient
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo went 2-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 0-for-1 on extra-point tries during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

The entire NFL had succeeded on two onside kicks coming into Week 13. Koo himself converted on two straight in the waning moments of the fourth quarter Thanksgiving night -- not including a third that was erased by Falcons penalty -- though the miraculous recoveries were not enough to overcome his blunders earlier in the contest. Surely, Koo cannot solely shoulder the blame for the team's second straight defeat, but the four points he left on the board proved to be pivotal as Atlanta's late rally came up short against rival New Orleans. The 25-year-old has missed three combined field-goal and extra-point attempts over the past three weeks, as the Falcons prepare for a fourth straight divisional tilt Dec. 8, this time against the Panthers.

November 25, 2019 12:20 AM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Perfect during Week 12 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo went 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts and converted on his lone extra-point try during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

The former Chargers kicker has been extremely efficient in the early going of his Falcons career, knocking down 10 of 11 field goals and seven of seven PATs. During Sunday's inter-divisional showdown of sub-.500 clubs, Koo converted on field-goal tries of 25, 38 and 40 yards. While he's hit better than 90 percent of his attempts through three games, Koo has yet to be tested from 50-plus yards as Atlanta heads into a Thanksgiving night matchup against a Saints defense that ranks among the top 10 in the NFL with just 2.9 red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game.

November 17, 2019 11:40 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Scores 11 points in Week 11 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo went 3-for-4 on field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra points during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

Koo missed his first career field goal as a Falcon, but with Atlanta having won two straight games and the kicker perfect on his other seven tries, many backers of the team are likely to shrug off the failed 38-yard attempt. Though the Falcons' 26-point margin of victory masked the error somewhat, the reliability of the kicking game will be paramount if Atlanta is to go on a six-game run and give itself any chance whatsoever at the postseason. Upcoming next for Koo is a matchup against a Buccaneers defense that is giving up 3.9 red-zone scoring attempts per game.

November 10, 2019 10:08 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Comes through in team debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo drained all four of his field-goal attempts and went 2-for-2 on point-after tries during Sunday's 26-9 win against the Saints.

With all the bad mojo that had afflicted the Falcons' kicker position through the first half of 2019, it took Koo donning the number of a franchise legend to break the slump. Wearing No. 7 in his debut for Atlanta, Koo converted on field-goal tries of 30, 36, 37 and 48 yards after Matt Bryant and Giorgio Tavecchio posted a collective 13-for-23 mark between exhibition and regular-season play. Koo's Week 11 opponent, Carolina, provides optimism that he can be productive once again, as the Panthers came into the weekend ranking among the NFL's 10-worst teams with 2.2 field-goal attempts allowed per game.

October 30, 2019 07:20 PM
Falcons' Younghoe Koo: Finds home in Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons signed Koo on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Koo slots in for jettisoned long-time Falcon Matt Bryant. This marks Koo's second stint in the NFL after a four-game run with the Chargers to start the 2017 campaign. In the meantime, the Georgia Southern product has spent time with the Atlanta Legends of the AAF and had a brief spell on the Patriots' practice squad earlier this month.

October 15, 2019 07:16 PM
Younghoe Koo: Cut from practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo was released from the Patriots' practice squad Tuesday, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.

The Patriots are continuing their search for a kicker, and it looks like they have moved on from Koo. The 25-year-old played four games for the Chargers in 2017, converting 3-of-6 field goal attempts and all nine extra points, but has yet to find a new opportunity.

October 4, 2019 06:36 PM
Younghoe Koo: Added to Pats' practice squad
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Koo will sign with the Patriots' practice squad Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Reports surfaced Thursday that veteran kicker Mike Nugent will replace Stephen Gostkowski, who was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury, as the team's placekicker. The Patriots will now also keep Koo around as a backup plan should something happen to Nugent.

April 11, 2019 02:12 PM
Younghoe Koo: Won't sign with Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo won't sign with the Bears after working out for the team Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears will instead stick with Chris Blewitt and Redford Jones as the two kickers on their roster, despite the fact neither has any NFL experience. Koo will continue to look for opportunities after the collapse of the AAF. He hasn't seen NFL action since being released by the Chargers in October 2017.

April 5, 2019 09:04 PM
Younghoe Koo: Trying out with Bears
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Koo will try out with the Bears on Wednesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bears currently have two kickers -- Redford Jones and Chris Blewitt -- under contract, but neither have played in the NFL. Koo last played in the NFL in 2017 with the Chargers, making three of six field goals and all nine extra points. Nick Rose will also participate in the tryout.

October 6, 2017 01:22 AM
Younghoe Koo: Waived by Chargers
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The Chargers have waived Koo.

Koo made just three of his first six field goal attempts this season, prompting the Chargers to turn to veteran Nick Novak, who kicked for the franchise from 2011 through 2014. Koo supplanted incumbent kicker Josh Lambo to start the 2017 season, but early struggles cost the 23-year-old -- a Lou Groza Award finalist last year at Georgia Southern -- his NFL job.

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