We've examined the roster in depth and discussed the different positions that will be hotly contested heading into the season. Special teams, however, seems to be pretty well settled.
The Falcons re-signed kicker Matt Bryant to a three-year, $8.5 million dollar contract this offseason, and rightfully so. Bryant made 29 of 32 attempted field goals last season, including a few game-winners. Bryant had an overall Pro Football Focus grade of +9.8 for his play last season. Bryant is clutch, and there's no reason to suspect the upcoming season will be any different.
free safety punter averaged 45.7 yards per punt on 67 punts last season, and put 27 of those inside the 20-yard line. Bosher also had four tackles last season and finished the year with the highest special teams grade on the team from Pro Football Focus, a +30.6. Bosher's very reliable and a very good punter.
The long snapper position is a pretty underrated one. It's important and it's a highly-specialized job, requiring a decent amount of skill and accuracy. Josh Harris performs the duties well overall. Harris had a -5.5 grade from Pro Football Focus last season, due mostly to penalties. Harris also had three tackles last season.
Having added his name to the NFL record books last season for the most career return touchdowns, Hester will look to solidify his legacy as the best return man ever. Last season, Hester had 1,128 yards on on 45 kick returns and 240 yards and one touchdown on 18 punt returns. Hester finished the season with a +7.8 grade from Pro Football Focus last year.
The Falcons are pretty well set with their specialists, and factor in the retention of special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and the implementation of a faster, more physical style of play, and it's reasonable to expect that this unit will be solid next season.
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