Matt Bosher wins punting, kickoff job

 

 

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher was obviously told by the Falcons not to discuss the Univeristy of Miami scandal.  Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher will try to replace Michael Koenen, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

 

FLOWERY BRANCH Matt Bosher, the Falcons sixth-round draft pick, has won the punting, kickoff and holder jobs.

 The Falcons waived his main competitor, Ken Parrish, on Wednesday.

They also waived fullback Thor Merrow long snapper Andrew Schulze and tight end A.J. Simmons.

Merrow, 6-0, 252 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free-agent from North Alabama on July 26.

Merrow is the son of former Falcons defensive end Jeff Merrow who played with the team from 1975 to 1983 after being selected in the 11th round out of West Virginia.

Parrish, 6-2, 210 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on March 3. He was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a college free agent from East Stroudsburg in 2007.

 Schulze, 6-6, 255 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent from Iowa on July 26.

 Simmons, 6-3, 255 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent from Arizona on Aug. 3.

The Falcons roster now stands at 85.  They must reduce their roster to 80 players by August 30 as part of the NFL’s mandatory roster cut down. Atlanta will have to trim its roster to 53 players by September 3 and may establish an eight-player practice squad on September 5.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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41 comments Add your comment

Rikus

August 24th, 2011
11:14 am

awww no more Thor!

Rikus

August 24th, 2011
11:14 am

Ha! I read the article and still got here before anyone could post that nonsense…

waynester

August 24th, 2011
11:43 am

Seems to me that the cut-down decisions will be tougher than ever this season—and that’s a very good thing for a team that’s trying to build depth…..

Inside Guy

August 24th, 2011
11:46 am

I hate nonsense. FOURTH.

joe white

August 24th, 2011
11:54 am

Good he won the job, now let go falcons

Sausage King of Chicago

August 24th, 2011
11:57 am

Bosher better start pounding kickoffs out of the end zone…way too many returns!

Just Asking

August 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

Who is going to be cut next? Inquiring minds want to know.

Falcons Chic

August 24th, 2011
12:16 pm

Hopefully not Bear Woods or Valdez. Both are better than last game.

tjhook

August 24th, 2011
12:18 pm

FIRST- somebody should say it (it’s a blunt reminder that we enjoy the blogs)

Falcons4Eva

August 24th, 2011
12:21 pm

When will they cut Mike Mularkey?

SCFalcon

August 24th, 2011
12:27 pm

4Eva, I agree 110%.

ToccoaBird

August 24th, 2011
12:29 pm

Thanks for the info D’Led

HJones

August 24th, 2011
12:32 pm

4Eva, I agree 110%!!!

G

August 24th, 2011
12:38 pm

They need to cut Chauncey Davis(3.75 mil) he is getting paid way too much to be a situational player. We have plenty of depth at end.

The Real Falcon

August 24th, 2011
12:43 pm

Alright Cox!

Tyrone Shulaces

August 24th, 2011
12:44 pm

Can we cut the Secondary and just have an 8/3 defense?

You get the same amount of pass coverage, in the Falcons case

FalconFan

August 24th, 2011
12:49 pm

How about we play a 10/1 defense and blitz 10 people with only 5 linemen on offense. Somebody will get to the QB. Brent Grimes will be our one guy in the backfield.

PMC

August 24th, 2011
12:57 pm

I think they blitzed 9 on virtually every down in the 1977 Gritz Blitz.

Falcon fan since prime

August 24th, 2011
1:00 pm

Are they cutting Chris Owens too?

Falcon fan since prime

August 24th, 2011
1:02 pm

Vet nickel and vet safety=superbowl

David

August 24th, 2011
1:09 pm

Why in the hell are paying Dunta Robinson?

Seen (The Aints) This (get obliterated) B4 (by the only sub-.500 playoff team in the history of pro football)

August 24th, 2011
1:19 pm

Who’s next on the chopping block?

Treeofwoe

August 24th, 2011
1:50 pm

The only thing that scares me is that Bosher is the best tackler on the special teams unit so far. Our special teams coverage needs to pick it up.

BIG B

August 24th, 2011
1:59 pm

I AGREE WE NEED A VET SAFETY AND NICKEL BACK HELL I WILL EVEN TAKE COLEMAN BACK, WHERE IS HE AT ANYWAY.

tt44

August 24th, 2011
2:19 pm

DEFENSE NEEDED APPLY IN THE ATL!

Sly Ty

August 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

@David: If you knew anything about football, you would know that you don’t throw against the best cornerbacks. That is why we are paying him and that is why he doesn’t get many interceptions. It is because teams are afraid to test him. He is far superior to Chris Houston, or would you rather have Houston or Christopher Owens on that side getting constantly roasted?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

ToccoaBird — You’re welcome!

G

August 24th, 2011
5:19 pm

D-Led you removed my comment. I was joking I read your blog everyday.

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:31 pm

Wow, is it just me or is Bosher really weak on kickoffs?

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:34 pm

The new kickoff rule should make it fairly easy for him to get it into the endzone… even create touchbacks most of the time. That gives the other team a chance to get good field position on an already questionable defense.

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:35 pm

The new kick-off rule should make it fairly easy for him to get it into the endzone… even create touchbacks most of the time. That gives the other team a chance to get good field position on an already questionable defense.

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:35 pm

The new kick-off rule should make it pretty easy for Bosher to get it into the endzone… even create touchbacks most of the time. That gives the other team a chance to get good field position on an already questionable defense.

Runner-

August 24th, 2011
5:36 pm

The new kick-off rule should make it pretty easy for Bosher to get it into the endzone… even force touchbacks. That gives the other team a chance to get good field position on an already questionable defense.

Jay

August 24th, 2011
5:42 pm

DLed, any chance Chauncey will be cut? He’s getting paid too much, we could take that money and sign a nickel

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 24th, 2011
6:53 pm

Jay — That’s a good question. I’m reluctant to just cut veterans. But we’ll have a roster breakdown next week that will address the DE situation.

PlanB

August 24th, 2011
7:33 pm

Good post Sly Ty and I agree with Jay.

SeenThisB4

August 24th, 2011
7:47 pm

Undisputably, Bosher will be the most over-worked draftee from this year’s entire NFL draft class; clearly, without question.

PlanB

August 24th, 2011
7:48 pm

I also agree with 4Eva too. If MS is not letting MM run his own game, MM needs to quit and expose the conservatism. If this is his his game, he needs to loosen it up.

SeenThisB4

August 24th, 2011
7:49 pm

Clearly, Bosher will be the most overworked draftee from this year’s entire NFL draft. That’s virtually indisputable.

panic fan

August 24th, 2011
8:26 pm

pressure this yr is on all coaches, players are on the field
as of this coming weekend. Now if we have same weak schemes
with no production then is it player or play selection? stay tuned sure to make for very exciting or same old used up ummm yea

Z-Ro

August 25th, 2011
12:35 am

yall are way toooo critical of a 13-3 my god….sometime the better team doesnt win! there is no series in football!Green Bay was destined to win it all(hell Rodgers did the championship belt thingy all year) I have faith in the coaching staff and front office they havent had a losing season yet