Falcons remain patient with punter Matt Bosher

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher is near the bottom in punting average, but first in fair catches.  Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher is near the bottom in punting average, but first in fair catches. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Rookie punter Matt Bosher has had a jagged start to his NFL career.

He is averaging 36.9 yards on 32 punts, which ranks him 35th in the league. He has placed 11 punts inside the 20 and has forced 15 fair catches with his hang-time. The 15 fair catches is tops in the league.

“When you look at him over the last four weeks, three of the four weeks have been pretty good,” special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said. “He’s done a pretty good job for us. He’s done a really good job of placing the ball.”

Bosher, who’s attempting to replace Michael Koenen, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent, also has been inconsistent on his kickoffs.

He has 10 touchbacks on 36 kickoffs (27.8 percent), which is 29th in the league for players with more than 20 kickoffs. Denver’s Matt Prater leads the league with 26 touchbacks on 30 kickoffs (86.7 percent). Koenen has 15 touchbacks on 31 kickoffs (48.4 percent).

“Kickoff wise, we still need to work on some things in terms of corner kicking and that type of stuff,” Armstrong said. “I think, all in all, he’s making progress. That’s the biggest thing. Is he where he really wants to be, I would say, not right now. But he is making progress. He is becoming more and more consistent.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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65 comments Add your comment

eturn

November 3rd, 2011
5:13 am

Finally first!!!!

eturn

November 3rd, 2011
5:15 am

Bosher still need to show me he can kick the ball into the endzone.

Kurtis

November 3rd, 2011
6:21 am

There is really no excuse in not kicking the ball into the endzone and forcing a touchback 80% of the time. It’s what he’s PAID to do. Dang, do something to help the team.

Steve

November 3rd, 2011
6:26 am

The kicking game is huge! If we can’t control field position better than we have it’s going to continue to be a tough season. I know replacing Koenen is a tall order, I just hope he can do it and do it quick. Special teams is 1/3 of the game. We have to win those battles too.
Go Falcons!!!

Willy

November 3rd, 2011
6:28 am

My boss is a bit more direct with my job performance…

Ralph Giacomarro

November 3rd, 2011
6:34 am

This guy absolutely stinks and was a terrible pick. The reason he is first in fair catches has nothing to do with his hang time but more to do with the fact he punts the ball 27 yards and the coverage team doesn’t have very far to run. He is going to cost us big time at some point. As far kick-offs go, I have been to several high school games this year and every single kicker has a stronger leg than this bonehead.

Greg

November 3rd, 2011
6:37 am

First in fair catches! Wow! (Ah…do you think that might have something to do with SHORT PUNTS?)

PlanB

November 3rd, 2011
6:39 am

Have we transitioned into kicker/punter in the last few years? I know Koenen was and Bosher is but I haven’t noticed on other teams. I still don’t think a kicker is worth a draft choice. Especially one that we are trying to remain patient with. I really think TD has made some blunders. I can get along with the kick being 3-4 yds deep in the end zone because the special teams are making alot of stops inside the 20 but you can’t do that with people like Hester etc. As for punts, Bosher’s 15 fair catches doesn’t impress me. With a 37 yd avg. many must be around 32-34 yd punts. Hard for anything to happen there except a fair catch. Maybe we could teach other teams to do as we do at times on short punts. Move away from the ball, let it drop and roll another 25 yds.
We have stats for punters that are meaningless. There s/b 2 stats. One when our line of scrimage is on the opponents 45 or closer and one for when the punt is longer and the punter can kick away. The most important stat here is net yds, not gross yds.

SeenThisB4

November 3rd, 2011
7:08 am

G E A U X C O L T S ! ! ! !

SeenThisB4

November 3rd, 2011
7:10 am

Bosher is deployed so often to punt though, that he may end up being the falcan’ts MVP.

Michael M.

November 3rd, 2011
7:24 am

Why we have the best Punter in the NFL !
Falcons over Colts …….and looking for those Aints !

Gumbo

November 3rd, 2011
7:44 am

Great Stats! Good things we used a draft choice on this stiff. That means he will be here for a LONG time, cuz TD never admits his mistakes and moves on.

ME TOO

November 3rd, 2011
7:44 am

Lay Off! This man plays the same horrible way the rest of the team has played most of this year. Save your criticism for the offense. It is how the coaching staff has decided to coach. The number one draft choice hasn’t scored a single touchdown, and that is not JJones’s fault. Frankly, can you cite a single punt or kickoff that has affected the outcome of a game? And, don’t say he puts the Falcons in bad field position because it has had no affect either.

SirReal

November 3rd, 2011
7:45 am

Still miss Koenen…

Season Ticker Holder

November 3rd, 2011
8:12 am

I remember at least 3 of Bosher’s punts that did not travel 25 yards. He has proven that he is unable to kick the ball into the end zone consistantly. It time to upgrade kickers.

dean

November 3rd, 2011
8:13 am

Hey! Seen! Where’s your buddy Steve-O? He stated on NOLA that he wasn’t coming over here this week. (I did not pile one. I only read.) I see you couldn’t resist. But I’ll hand it to you for showing some nuts after that trouncing last Sunday. Are y’all hoping the Saints don’t have to make another WC trip to the west coast? Sorry. That’s where they’re headed.

SimpleDawg

November 3rd, 2011
8:16 am

He’s been killing us. Maybe they see improvement in practice, but when is it going to show on the field during games?

…..he’s not any better than Drew Butler.

ubahlee

November 3rd, 2011
8:22 am

Greg is right, why risk having your head taken off on a punt return when the kick only when 20 yards? Fair catch it and keep hoping he kicks like that all day.

Supes

November 3rd, 2011
8:41 am

Drew Butler will be available soon…TD made a mistake drafting this guy…could have been signed after the draft if he wanted him bad enough and you cutting him cost you nothing, now you cutting him costs you that 6th round pick you spent on him…

Cut our loses and get someone that could boom kicks for us.

Chris

November 3rd, 2011
8:49 am

He had a very rough start to the season. He has looked much better to me the last 3 games. Let’s see how he has developed by the end of the season. He will be fine.

Frank

November 3rd, 2011
9:13 am

A handful of bad punts have affected his average. Give him a break! He’ll be fine.

Trying to Look Busy at Work, But.....

November 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

In due time, he may be one of the better punters in the league. The offseason was cut short, so he was sort of thrust into the spotlight with limited practice. I would suspect that punting against NFL players is a bit more nerve racking than against collegiate players. We’ll see.

PMC

November 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

Yeah, but Matt Prater wasn’t freaking drafted in the 5th either.

He has been better in the last month, no question. There’s nothing any of us can do to bring that pick back, he’ll never justify being drafted.

I just hope that they will audition KOS and Punter in the offseason and not have these positions be a recurring problem going forward next season.

Mr. Belichick

November 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

I told TD not to pick a punter in the draft. He didn’t listen to me about the Julio pick either.

PMC

November 3rd, 2011
9:44 am

Since the Saints fans are here, how about that Right Tackle Eh? Boy that guy is AWESOME. Chris Long tripled his sack output last week in one game.

First it was Marshawn Lynch exposing that soft defense, then Steven Jackson evicerated it.

Hollywould

November 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

Drew Butler, you have to be kidding!!!

B DA MAN

November 3rd, 2011
10:13 am

Any time a punter is in the headlines, it can’t be good. Punters need to be seen and not heard about.

Mikey

November 3rd, 2011
10:44 am

I am seeing improvement in Bosher as the season progresses. He’s no Ray Guy but not too many are! I can’t imagine being a rookie in the NFL for the first six games or so; especially as a punter! He survived that and will probably do just fine. I for one am very willing to watch his progress throughout the season. I don’t think he will lose any games for us, that was a strong need in order to make salary cap room and it is probable that other sixth round picks may not have made the team anyway. It is still debateable whether it is better to kick the balll through the endzone or set up a return now that the cover line is five yards further down field. There are no fumbles on pass throughs and getting a fumble on a return helped the Falcons win recently as I recall. Do you think we should chalk that win up for Bosher? If so, he is probably leading the NFL in game winning impact as a kicker.

78dawg

November 3rd, 2011
10:46 am

A kicker in the NFL should kick it out of the end zone Every time given the rule change, Cut Bosher.

Brock DaKiller

November 3rd, 2011
10:53 am

If Bosher is here next year ..well..f it.

Brock DaKiller

November 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

Mikey, you ain’t even close. Thanks for the upbeat idiocy tho.

kikikik

November 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

Punters are born. Not made. Either you have the leg or you don’t. Kickoff and punt is leg strength. I don’t see it in Bosher. We used a draft pick on this?

Post-it

November 3rd, 2011
11:31 am

@SeenThisBS

Given the Saints worst ranked defense in the league, you certainly won’t be seeing Bosher except on kick-offs.

opie

November 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

Another wasted draft pick by Dimitroff!! Peria Jerry, Sam Baker, Bosher, all cornerbacks he drafted, backup center, OL from Alabama, two years, no production, injured reserved. No first round pick 2012. Thanks for nothing Tom Dummy Dimitroff.

The Falcons record reflect his draft choices and choir boy decisions on draft day, SI article in MM Quarterback is very telling about this idiot’s reluctance to draft talented players, opting to draft mediocre players who were captains in college with no explosion or impact!

falconfan

November 3rd, 2011
11:45 am

In his senior season, Matt Bosher had a 44 yard average. I refuse to believe that in the course of a summer he forgot how to kick. I’m willing to withhold judgement until the end of the year. We used a draft pick on him because we didn’t wanna pay a punter 5 million a year. Just hold on to judgement and see if it turns around. If he doesn’t get any better by the end of the year, I say cut him but wait unitl then!

Casey

November 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

I wonder how my work performance would be graded if my boss said “he did a pretty good job 3 out of the last 4 weeks.”

CGD..

November 3rd, 2011
12:08 pm

JOEY JOEY JOEY!

CGD..

November 3rd, 2011
12:10 pm

Hey Chris Chandler why dont you come back and teach Melt how to throw the long ball?..How bout any ball?

Rikus

November 3rd, 2011
12:25 pm

Kicking is 99% mental, and 1% mental…

JoFo

November 3rd, 2011
2:34 pm

You know what fellow FALCONS fans? I REALLY LOVE me some St. Louis Rams!!! Made the (s)AINTS look like the inconsistent team that they REALLY ARE! LOL! :)

Pete

November 3rd, 2011
2:54 pm

There are kids all over metro Atlanta high schools who average 37 yds. per kick. Everywhere !!!
First in fair catches ?? That’s obvious when your kicks are so short that the entire coverage squad is downfield before the kick arrives. How impressive. The irony here is that the Falcons have a “PureGold” FG kicker but a “High School” calibre punter.
Go figure.

mark

November 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

this is the worst kicker in nfl i can belive you took so long to make an article a man with 1 leg can punt better than this guy

mark

November 3rd, 2011
6:20 pm

i prefer players with swagger than intelligent one dimitroff picks not so good the only good pick lofton and spoon no more no less that the true and no pick next year we should have pick aldon smith the guy from the 49 ers 6.5 sacks ff in one month thats a player

SeenThisB4

November 3rd, 2011
6:39 pm

GO COLTS!

GEAUX SAINTS!

Paddy O

November 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

willy – there are probably about 10,000 people in the metro area that can do you job. Did you get drafted in a high profile draft day? Think people, think.

Ronnie D' cruz

November 3rd, 2011
7:08 pm

you faicons dickheads…saints may have bad defense but they will rise up to trash your noodle-arm matty melt and his team.

Ronnie D' cruz

November 3rd, 2011
7:09 pm

Except lion game, there is no game you can brag about your so called good team.

Dennis

November 3rd, 2011
7:11 pm

SeenThisB4, on November 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 am let loose with “G E A U X C O L T S ! ! ! !”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In the concussion protocol from being Rammed, are you?

SeenThisB4

November 3rd, 2011
7:17 pm

Dennis: Not at all Dennis, we’re still on top of the Division, your team, still third. No reason to be concussed, the Saints just took a little hiatus from work last week.

SCFalcon

November 3rd, 2011
7:29 pm

I am real surprised an ain’ts fan would come out of the woodwork after losing to the St. Louis Lambs.