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Falcons release K Elliott Fry

The kicking competition looks settled.

NFL: AUG 21 Buccaneers Training Camp Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It is easy to forget there was a theoretical kicking competition expected through training camp with phenom Younghoe Koo on the roster. Based on early transactions, that competition wrapped before any players landed back in Flowery Branch.

The Falcons officially announced Fry’s release after the draft.

Fry spent time on Atlanta’s practice squad in 2020, an extended designation allowing teams to better protect against an outbreak of COVID-19. He was active during one game in 2020 and went 1 for 2 on his extra points. Koo injured his groin warming up against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, creating some serious issues both in Week 3 and Week 4 for a team that was heavily reliant on field goals.

Koo is the unquestioned starter for the Falcons. Turning 27 this summer, Koo is coming off of his first Pro Bowl season and has some amazing versatility with a shocking number of successful onside kicks last year. Koo signed a one-year deal for just over $900,000 in February, and looks to cash in in 2022 with another successful season.

The Falcons may still bring in another kicker for training camp to fill out their emergency list. It appears unlikely we see the extensive practice squads continue into the 2021 season, meaning keeping multiple kickers will only be for terrible fantasy football teams.