A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that former Chicago Bears punter Pat O’Donnell is considering a switch to the Falcons. The team has tried trading for him, but O’Donnell’s asking price keeps going up.
The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly looking at longtime Saints punter Thomas Morstead as a possible replacement for Matt Bosher.
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead #6 (Getty).
On Monday, November 22, the Atlanta Falcons put punter Dustin Colquitt on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Dustin Colquitt has been assigned to the reserve/COVID-19 list, while Joe Sculthorpe has been dismissed from the practice squad.
November 22, 2021 — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons)
In addition, the organization announced that offensive lineman Joe Sculthorpe had been dismissed from the practice squad.
Colquitt must exhibit no symptoms and pass two COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart in order to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
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The Falcons are considering bringing in a veteran punter.
According to club source D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons already have a backup plan in place.
“According to a source familiar with the matter, the organization wants to go with a seasoned punter and is looking at former Saints and Jets punter Thomas Morstead, who was just released by the Jets,” Ledbetter said on Tuesday afternoon.
Morehead last played for the New York Jets on November 8th. His resignation was spectacular, since he announced his leaving through Twitter before the rest of the team:
“I’m leaving!” I’m thankful to the Jets for allowing me to continue fulfilling my dream. I was able to demonstrate to my children how to persist in the face of hardship. There isn’t much more to ask for. Also, as my output this season has shown, there is still a lot of gas in the tank. This will be my first time going through the waiver wire, so please keep me updated if I am claimed by a club. The internet discovers these facts before we do. #AllGasNoBrakes.”
In his farewell tweet, the 13-year NFL veteran also posted an image of the league’s top punters in 2021–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– (pEPA). Morstead was only used as a fill-in by the Jets while their 2020 sixth-round draft selection, Braden Mann, was injured, therefore Morstead’s release was unavoidable after Mann returned to full health.
Morstead was drafted in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Morstead, 35, was taken out of SMU in the fifth round (164th overall) in the 2009 NFL Rookie by the New Orleans Saints––the second punter selected in that year’s draft class after Kevin Huber, who went to the Bengals.
The rookie punter secured the starting position ahead of the season and went on to play a key role in the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV triumph against the Indianapolis Colts. In the second half, his onside kick resulted in the Saints retrieving the ball and scoring a score to take the lead. New Orleans triumphed 31-17.
A back ailment cut short his 2020 season, limiting him to a career-low average of 43.1 yards per punt.
He was released in March 2021 after 13 seasons with the Saints in order to free up salary space. He averaged 46.5 yards per punt during his stint in New Orleans, which was the sixth-best average in NFL history at the time of his departure.
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