Falcons release Colin Peek and Steven Hauschka

Alabama tight end Colin Peek working radio row at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter)

Alabama tight end Colin Peek working radio row at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter)

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)

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31 comments Add your comment

GetwhatUpayfor

August 15th, 2010
4:43 pm

Explain injury settlement. Was it money are does he get try-out later? Just wonder I liked the kid and was pulling for him.
Go Falcons…The D damn looked better!!!!

LesLow

August 15th, 2010
4:47 pm

First!

I wish those guys well. Going to be interesting especially when it comes to the CB position. Is Moore going to ever play safety for any extended period of time. And to SeenThisB4 do the saints have a webiste or is Louisanna still using morse code for communication. Yeah that must be it you live in Georgia because the state of LA is still in Black and White.

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LesLow

August 15th, 2010
4:48 pm

Nique

August 15th, 2010
4:52 pm

I don’t see how Bryant separated himself at all in this competition. Honestly, i don’t think that either one of them is good/accurate enough for us to be able to achieve our goal of winning the NFC, south, then NFC, & ultimately the super bowl. We need another kicker period, but please explain to me how Bryant separated himself enough to cut Hauschka? Why cut him this early in camp if your not going to bring in another kicker when Bryant was just as flawed?

Tha Real Falcon

August 15th, 2010
4:57 pm

Every year there is a guy who gets hurt the first week and does not push to get back. He then gets cut. Not a way to make a team.

ReddJonn68

August 15th, 2010
4:58 pm

Hey DOB. As far as the kicking duties goes, neither guy actually looked better than the other. We already had Bryant tabbed as our guy going into the season, so releasing the second guy is fair in my book, give the guy a chance to latch on elsewhere. Hey DOB is Loftton OK or was it just a the first hard fall of the year ?

Tha Real Falcon

August 15th, 2010
4:59 pm

The coaches see the guys in practice and can tell then who’s for real. Take it for granted. They would not cut a guy if he could help us.

ReddJonn68

August 15th, 2010
5:04 pm

@ Real Falcon couldn’t agree with you more about the injury factor. Thats where having a decent agent comes in to play if your good enough to be in the NFL, if you get hurt early in camp when someone goes down you will get a shot somewhere.

falconneil

August 15th, 2010
5:28 pm

Bryant missed a 50 yarder, but it had plenty of leg: probably would have been good from 60. Haushka put everything he had into his and it just about hit the bar. Plus they gave Hauschka a chance on kickoffs, and his kickoffs were terrible; short and low. This makes sense to me, but I’m surprised they didn’t wait another week or two to keep Bryant from overdoing it in camp.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

GetWhatUpayfor — Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot cut injured players unless there is an injury settlement. Here’s a more detailed explanation by agent Jack bechta, who represents Jonathan Babineaux — http://bleacherreport.com/articles/236279-negotiating-an-injury-settlement-by-jack-bechta. Should be some money in there, but no he doesn’t get to try out later, unless they re-sign him to a new contract.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

Dimitroff and Smith have declared Matt Bryant as the winner in the kickoff. He’s your kicker for 2010.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

ReddJonn68 — Lofton is fine. He just had some leg cramps.

Chop Buster

August 15th, 2010
6:48 pm

DLed, so what’s up with the CB signing? Depth or do they (TD & Smitty) think one of our existing CBs won’t be up to par?

Go Falcons!

August 15th, 2010
7:03 pm

If we want to win the Division, I think I’d rather go with the veteran kicker over the younger one anyway. Remember Denvers kicker when he was with us? He made everything in the preseason and missed everything when the season started. He is actually not bad now, but we can’t afford to mess up any games this year if we want to be great. Dimitroff has proven that when he needs to get a piece he gets a good piece. Need a TE? How about TG? Need a kicker, how about Jason Elam before he got old? When we NEED a kicker he will bring in a very good one. These guys KNOW football…

REX

August 15th, 2010
7:06 pm

Matt Bryant is very, very mentally tough and that will come in handy as Falcons are battling Saints for the NFC South Division Title. Proven vet who rarely will miss a short or average FG Attempt.

alanfalcon

August 15th, 2010
7:43 pm

There will be some difficult cuts made this year, hope we make the right ones.

RomeDawg

August 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

Although I am not surprised, I was hoping Peek might be a tightend the Falcons seen as a guy to work with and develop. Out of high school he seemed like a “can’t miss” prospect for the NFL. If I were TD, I’d cut BOTH the kickers and start auditions with two new kickers. I know it’s tough to win in this league while settling for field goals, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to win when you settle for missed field goals.

Resign or Resign?

August 15th, 2010
8:13 pm

OK, explain to me how a four-year starter gets signed as a rookie free agent.

robertussen

August 15th, 2010
8:17 pm

chopbuster- we still have an 80 man roster to fill. cuts were made, and this guy has been working in the system. he will get another chance, but chances are he will be in the next cut. gofalcons- i remember that, matt prater was horrific in atlanta. we had to bring morton anderson out of retirement to replace him.

Go Falcons!

August 15th, 2010
8:29 pm

Robertussen, I couldn’t remember Prater’s name, only that he kicks in Denver now. Thanks for the reminder! He always had a big leg, but was erratic as heck when he was here. Give me the Vet kicker over the Rook anytime.

Jedi Falcon

August 15th, 2010
8:43 pm

Im Ok with Bryant. Thats about the best we could expect. Nobody else worth a crap out there.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 15th, 2010
9:19 pm

MORTEN ANDERSON!

BT

August 15th, 2010
9:22 pm

Resign,
Derricks started at SDSU.

Resign or Resign?

August 15th, 2010
9:45 pm

Thanks, BT; I thought DOL meant the Chargers, though I never heard of the guy.

POLOBOY

August 15th, 2010
10:59 pm

GO SAINTS LOL

HATinGA

August 16th, 2010
6:00 am

They signed a young kicker out of college that i went and read about, tied some records in college, but they cut him before camp, coached always like the old guys and then they miss kicks in the season and were back out lookin for another old guy. Find a young guy with fresh nerves and develope him and then your set for years, theres a reason these old guys are avalable midseason!!!

Joe Tess Fish House

August 16th, 2010
8:31 am

How many points would have the Falcons scored if they had TO on the team?

A lot more than 20

Case Quarter

August 16th, 2010
9:42 am

@BT and Resign…. Derricks went to San Diego, not San Diego State. They are 2 different schools.

waynester

August 16th, 2010
11:40 am

HAT
You’re thinking of Garrett Lindholm. I thought we had our kicker of the future but we cut him and the Colts immediately snatched him up. I like Bryant better than Hauschka but still VERY concerned about the position….

Score Check

August 16th, 2010
9:42 pm