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Falcons announce signing of punter Dom Maggio

It’s a signing! Just maybe not the one anyone expected.

NFL: DEC 27 Falcons at Chiefs Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons have a host of needs, but they’ve also vowed competition at every position where they can add it. That apparently includes punter, because the team is signing second-year punter Dom Maggio.

Maggio was an undrafted free agent last year out of Wake Forest, signing with the Ravens but ultimately getting released in early August. Per the team’s release, he was pretty good in college:

The Maryland native played in 13 games as a senior in 2019, recording 74 punts for 3,464 yards (46.8 avg. – second highest in single-season school history). Maggio was named second-team All-ACC and nominated for the Ray Guy Award that season.

This move may have been spurred by Dwaune Jones, the new assistant director of college scouting and a longtime scout with the Baltimore Ravens who likely would’ve been familiar with Maggio. In Atlanta, he’ll likely compete with 2020 draft pick Sterling Hofrichter, who had a fine rookie season for Atlanta, and with a new staff in town it’s possible he’ll push him pretty hard for the job. If nothing else, he’ll provide depth this summer and put a little pressure on Hofrichter, which is never a bad thing.

Give Dom Maggio a warm welcome and we’ll see if there are other depth signings in the days ahead as we wait for free agency to kick off.