Rookie Matt Bosher is booming his punts

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 –  Falcons coach Mike Smith has been pleased with the progress of rookie punter Matt Bosher. (BTW, he wasn’t too happy with the blocked punt vs. Jax, but that wasn’t on Bosher).

“He’s really helped us in the field position battle,” Smith said. “When you win the field position battle, it usually leads to good things. It also can lead to winning the time of possession battle.”

Bosher, a sixth-round pick from Miami, got off to a bumpy start but has come on over the past six games. During those games, he’s averaged 45.9, 45.4., 33, 50.4, 50.5 and 40.8 yards. His season averages are a respectable 42.1 yards gross and 38.5 yards net.

“The special teams players have been getting down field and helping out on my punts by forcing a lot of fair catches and making tackles so my net average is good,” Bosher said.

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong likes to utilize specialty punts in order to enhance the coverage. Bosher had to learn a lot about directional punting.

“If you can get a guy pinned down in the corner with most of your team over there covering him, he doesn’t have anywhere to run,” Bosher said. “We are just trying to give our coverage guys the best chance to make the best play.”

Bosher battled through his early season problems, averaging less than 40 yards per punt over his first five games. He credited Armstrong, long snapper Joe Zelenka and kicker Matt Bryant with helping him through that rough stretch.

“They kept me mentally strong and allowed me to find a groove and I started to play to my potential,” Bosher said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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46 comments Add your comment

CaliDirtyBird

December 20th, 2011
6:44 pm

DCBravosFan

December 20th, 2011
6:47 pm

Bosher has been much better. Now if we can get Weems to chill with the fair catches, we could get somewhere!

CaliDirtyBird

December 20th, 2011
6:49 pm

I was critical early in the season of the decision to let Keonen (spelling?) walk in free agency but now think it was a very good decision freeing up $18M to resign our other free agents who aren’t as easy to replace.

DJ Sniper

December 20th, 2011
6:51 pm

Count me in as someone who appeared to be wrong about Bosher. I was really worried about him and our kicking game early on, but he has really come on strong as the season has progressed.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
6:51 pm

Look at Koenen now, at home for the playoffs while his old team is going to be in. Bosher your doing well son! Very well! Keep it up. I think you’re better than Koenen right now. Bosher has been booming it lately and also kicking balls in the endzone for touchbacks. Keep it up!

Bosher will be CRITICAL vs. New Orleans, and in the playoffs.

CaliDirtyBird

December 20th, 2011
6:53 pm

Couldn’t agree more on Weems. Seems to have lost confidence since the preseason when CMS ask him to fair catch a lot. Although, he has seemed to return a few more as of late.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
6:53 pm

Our MVP in the playoffs could very well be Bosher. People often overlook the punter, but that guy creates field position whether it be good or bad. This Bosher kid has the ability to put our defense in good position to defend. Outside of players like Ryan, Turner, Gonzalez, etc, Bosher could prove to be our most valuable asset to our Super Bowl hopes.

lagunadawg

December 20th, 2011
7:05 pm

D. Orlando, I agree with your article but the blocked punt was The punters fault. He took 2.7 seconds to punt and the normal acceptable time is 2.1 seconds. All other punts in that game were 2.0 to 2.1 seconds. The block would not have accured with normal punt time.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
7:08 pm

No lagunadawg, Shann Schillinger was owned on that play by a Jaguar player. Shann didn’t block the guy, or attempted to and got owned, and Bosher’s punt was blocked. That was NOT on Bosher. Are you kidding me? Did you watch the game?

SeenThisB4

December 20th, 2011
7:26 pm

Yeah, Bosher will probably get more touches on Monday night than Tony Gonzales, Roddy and Julio combined.

Innocent Bystander

December 20th, 2011
7:58 pm

SeenThisB4, you’re correct sir. After all, he’ll be kicking off after every TD the Falcons score.

PMC

December 20th, 2011
8:21 pm

Yeah he’s been much better punting the ball. Up to pro level now, hopefully he can start putting kickoffs consistently to the back of the end zone too. He’s really worked hard this year. Kudos to Bosher.

PlanB

December 20th, 2011
8:25 pm

I liked it too, Unca Bob

hiramsaint

December 20th, 2011
8:39 pm

unca bob – it was funny ’cause the article is about his punts. y’all make yourselves look like tards even without us here to help you!

Unca' Bob

December 20th, 2011
8:43 pm

Bystander,

That was funny!

PlanB

December 20th, 2011
8:43 pm

Unca’ Bob’s post was at about 8:23. How did it get after mine at 8:25 and posted at 8:43. Weird!!!

Blake

December 20th, 2011
8:47 pm

SeenThisB4….go put your panties and bra back on and grab another Beignet…your In for a fight this week little girl….!

hiramsaint

December 20th, 2011
8:50 pm

blake – please keep your fantasies to yourself

Ben

December 20th, 2011
8:57 pm

HiramSaint, you are a dick sir!

Michael M.

December 20th, 2011
9:58 pm

that guy is kicking some bombs out there , what a difference since the beginning of the Season…………………heres the playoff setups ladies if any ant to figure it all out

later taters

Michael M.

December 20th, 2011
9:59 pm

hiramsaint

December 20th, 2011
9:59 pm

again with the fantasies? please keep it to football even if your team can’t

SeenThisB4

December 20th, 2011
10:07 pm

Ben: Thomas Morestead’s gross avg. and net average are both significantly higher than Bosher.

Here’s a stat: Bosher has punted 50% more times than Morestead. 50%! I wonder why?!

SeenThisB4

December 20th, 2011
10:11 pm

At my inpersonater: funny, lame, but funny.

DirtDawg

December 20th, 2011
10:37 pm

playoffs? + 1=Saints win NFC South—–then one and done
+2 = Falcons win wildcard–Beat Dallas * 2nd round—lose to Green Bay
Green Bay hosts San Francisco –Win NFC Title

DirtDawg

December 20th, 2011
10:39 pm

* Green Bay vs. New England—Green Bay Wins–6 points over

DirtDawg

December 20th, 2011
10:44 pm

Packers learn from loss and fix mistakes and start new win streak* put money in the bank party is just bout over

Joe Tess Fish House

December 20th, 2011
10:52 pm

U fogot 2 maetion he loss at lease 2 games B cauz of his kicking and punting.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
10:52 pm

Seen This B4, remind me how old Morestead is. Isn’t he like 45?

Bosher is a rookie and will only get better.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
10:53 pm

SeenthisB4, get your fat ass out there and punt and let’s see how far the ball goes.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
10:54 pm

SeenThisB4, aka BILL PLASCHKE

falconfan 24-7

December 20th, 2011
10:54 pm

Way to go Matt! Keep doing what you do.

Now , let’s kick the Aints in their butts.

Ben

December 20th, 2011
10:56 pm

Seen This B4 better hope his Fat ass D-line can get to Matt Ryan. They have the ULTIMATE FAT ASS in Shaun Rogers. Let’s hope they aren’t tired after the first series.

DirtDawg

December 20th, 2011
11:05 pm

Falcons win game Monday Saints win South title though following week

dawgforlife

December 21st, 2011
12:47 am

you know, it never ceases to amaze me…a story about Atlanta’s punter can bring out a host of Saint fans…puzzled look…their sites and stories must be some boring reading. They sure are fascinated by the Falcons. Guys, you won a Super Bowl. Be fascinated by your own team. They deserve your support. They deserve your fascination. The Falcons have enough fans fascinated by them. Please support your Saints. I mean geez what do they have to do to get you to support their stories and sites. It just isn’t fair when Atlanta’s punter is the main topic of conversation among you people. Brees deserves more than that…wipes tears

KenDawg

December 21st, 2011
3:43 am

Like everyone else I was worried in the beginning of the season, but after the past few games I am going to change Matt’s name from Bosher to Basher – he is really wanging the ball!

AlanFalcon

December 21st, 2011
7:48 am

DL, it would be nice if you and the staff at AJC would start with cutting the NO idiots off of this blog, its quite clear that they have no other purpose than to haress Falcons fans and it might encourage them to go out and become a productive member of society and not wallow in the slums of their city.

hooper

December 21st, 2011
7:51 am

Again, like I stated after an earlier article, go on NOLA.com and see how Falcons trolls you find. Saints fans, please go back home. Supposedly they’re trying to rebuild the place and bring everyone back. I wouldn’t know, you’ll never catch me near that dump.

I usually just read but....

December 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

I was more in favor of bailing out the banks.(and I really hated that), than I was rebuilding a below sea level cess pool.

panic fan

December 21st, 2011
1:07 pm

what we got in draft to replace what we gave up in $$$
for punter we doing ok there CK NFL STATS very cost effective id say he does not look like rook now also not scared to hit, tackle tough kid 4 sure.

GHunt

December 21st, 2011
2:38 pm

Bosher’s improvement, coincidentally, correspond with the improved play of the team. Ladies and gentlemen we are peaking at the right time.
The team seems to be in the best physical shape since the season began. I am confidence that the Birds will prevail Monday night.

Noneya

December 21st, 2011
3:37 pm

SirReal

December 21st, 2011
4:30 pm

I didnt like Bosher early on but I see it was just “rookie jitters” now. He has pulled it together for sure and I credit Keith Armstrong for sticking with the kid when a lot of us including myself wanted him gone…I still say Mularkey and BVG need to go though. My stance has not changed on them.

@BlindthinkingIsee Why dont you go blog on the garbage new orleans papers? Do they even have one? Doubtful. Now I understand why you and your ilk are always on ours. I get it now….you secretly envy us.

Bobby Bulter

December 21st, 2011
8:17 pm

Jacksonville is going to hire MM. Mike Smith will bring in his old buddy, who gave him his change with Jacksonville. Jack Del Rio, he will put him over BVG.Falcons QB coach will be set up to OC. he came from Bengals . he is Smith kinf of coach. Run first and pass last.

Mikey

December 21st, 2011
9:37 pm

Way to go Bosher! He is not a rookie any more. He is in the groove and getting better every week. This team is peaking at the right time… GO FALCONS!

Sterling

December 22nd, 2011
10:20 pm

Wow u Aint fans really need 2 get a life. I want 2 hear all yall excuses for the lost u guys have monday night. Start thinking of them now so u can get them out the way.