Per recent reports, Younghoe Koo is probably going to miss some time with an injured groin, which doesn’t sound pleasant. If that’s the case, he’ll likely land on in injured reserve for a short time.
That means the Falcons need another kicker, and they’re wasting little time trying to find one. Both the names reported by Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network should be familiar.
The #Falcons are bringing in kickers Kai Forbath and Elliott Fry for a workout, per sources. Lining up options with Younghoe Koo expected to miss time because of his groin strain.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
Fry was a player the Falcons worked out more than once last year, and he was at one point going head-to-head with Blair Walsh (who was signed and then cut last August) and Koo, who eventually signed and never looked back. He’s bounced around in the NFL and hasn’t kicked in a regular season game, but in college he hit 75% of his kicks and 99.4% of his extra points for South Carolina. He has a good leg but is obviously unproven.
Forbath is a much more proven option. The longtime kicker has hit 86.8% of his career field goals and 93.8% of his extra points, but has bounced around an awful lot for a guy with solid career numbers. His leg isn’t getting any stronger but he does have a career long of 57 yards and went 11 for 11 on field goals just last year, so he’s still a capable veteran option. The Falcons seem pretty fascinated with Fry but Forbath seems like a slam dunk as a short term option to me.
We’ll see who the Falcons sign and whether Koo hits IR, but either way I’d expect to see someone else kicking against the Packers Monday night.