FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons released kicker Steven Hauschka and tight end Colin Peek on Sunday.
They also signed cornerback Gabe Derricks, who had been previously released by the team.
Hauschka was in a competition with Matt Bryant to for the field goal kicking duties.
Both missed field goals in the exhibition season opener against Kansas City. Hauschka missed a 53-yarder and Bryant missed a 50-yarder, but it had plenty of distance and was wide right. Hauschka was informed of his released in between practices.
Hauschka opened last season at Baltimore’s kicker. Bryant was cut by Tampa Bay and re-surfaced in the United Football League.
Bryant was signed on Dec. 1 after Jason Elam was released. Hauschka was signed on Dec. 29 by the Falcons.
Hauschka made nine of 13 fields goals for the Ravens. He was cut after missing a 36-yard field goal attempt and having an extra point attempt blocked against Cleveland last November.
Earlier in the season he had missed potential winning 44-yard field goal against Minnesota and a 36-yard against Cincinnati that would have gotten Baltimore within a touchdown with six minutes left.
But the Falcons liked him enough to sign him late last season. Part of the contract called for him to be invited to training camp.
Peek, who started his career at Georgia Tech and later transferred to Alabama, suffered a right knee sprain early in camp. The team reached an injury settlement with Peek.
Derricks, was a four-year starter at San Diego, was originally signed by the Falcons as a rookie free agent on April 26, 2010. He was released on July 31, 2010.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).
Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.
Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).
Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.
Friday, August 20 — No Practice.
Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).
Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)