Blair Walsh seeks to beat out Giorgio Tavecchio for Falcons’ kicking job

Blair Walsh

With a few days left in preseason, the Atlanta Falcons brought in the former Pro Bowl kicker to try out. Walsh, 29, had five solid seasons with the Vikings, but he missed a 27-yard field goal try that would have won a playoff game against Seattle during the 2015 season. He was cut by the Vikings and landed with the Seahawks in 2017. He wasn’t re-signed and didn’t play last season. “Being on the streets is never fun,” Walsh said. “But there’s only 32 of us in the league. … So, when that spot does come open and you get that chance to come in and compete, that’s all you can ask for.”

Giorgio Tavecchio

The former Cal and Raiders kicker has made only 4 of 8 field-goal attempts in preseason, and his struggles prompted the Falcons to bring in Walsh. Tavecchio, 29, had been tapped to replace longtime Falcons kicker Matt Bryant. He filled in for three games last season when Bryant was injured, making all five of his field-goal tries, including kicks of 50 and 56 yards. Bryant was let go in a salary-cap move after 10 seasons with the Falcons, but Tavecchio has struggled in the preseason, missing all three of his tries from at least 50 yards. His longest field goal is a 38-yarder.

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