So, we’ve reached the conclusion of our Falcoholic 2018 post-draft roster review, and of course, we’re going to spend time with the most important part of the roster: the special teams players.
There’s a lot of drama going into camp about Matt “Money” Bryant. What will he eat for lunch? Is he still driving the same car? Are his shoes comfortable? What did he think of the new Star Wars movie? It’s not bad, right, Money? Right?
Alright, admittedly, there’s not that much to talk about. Bryant signed a three-year extension with the Falcons in March, putting him in an Atlanta uniform for the duration of his career. Punter Matt Bosher is under contract through 2020, and long snapper Josh Harris will be with the team through the 2018 season. He’s a free agent in 2019, but will probably be back, because I’m unsure if he’s ever made a mistake, and it’s fun when he decides to tackle.
The team has a new face in for camp, former Georgia kicker David Martin, who like Matt Bryant, has two names that could be first names.
He really didn’t do, well, anything with the Bulldogs, but he did set a single-season records for field goals made and kicking points obtained at Wofford in 2016 (17/23, 92). He also pitched in to help Terriers lead the nation in net punting that season (41.63 yards per punt).
So, while he sat behind Bulldogs maestro Rodrigo “Hot Rod” Blankenship last season, he was very productive in 2016, and that’s probably what got Atlanta’s attention to get him in a Falcons uniform. Bryant just turned 43, so they’ll limit the snaps he takes in preseason, so look for Marvin to get plenty of chances to prove his worth in preseason time. He could be a surprise practice squad addition if the team likes what they see.
So, that’s the fantastic four for the team’s special teams roster.
Bryant does feel like he’s on a “ring, and I’m gone” type of deal, so don’t be surprised that if the team does somehow find a way to win the big one next winter, or in one of the winters to come, he decides to hang it up. But, for now, all the jobs are taken, and they’re all manned by really good players. No worries here.
We’ll see if Martin can impress in preseason, and stick around with the team.
So, that’s it for our post-draft roster reviews!
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