The Falcons announced several roster moves today involving special teams. The team released kicker Jason Elam and long snapper Bryan Pittman today, and replaced them with kicker Matt Bryant and long snapper Joe Zelenka.
Elam was in the midst of the worst season ever in his fifteen seasons in the NFL. He hit on 12 of 19 field goals this year (69.2%). Elam missed a field goal in each of the last three games. The team signed Pittman earlier this month as an injury replacement for snapper Mike Schneck.
Bryant’s last NFL experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season where he made a career-high 32 of 38 field goals. Bryant played with the Buccaneers since 2005. He lost his job to Mike Nugent this past summer and signed with the Florida Tuskers in the upstart UFL. He made 11 of 14 field goals and all 23 of his extra points. For his career, Bryant had made 138 of 168 field goals (82.1%). He is famous for making a 62-yard game-winning kick vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006, and connected on 3 field goals in a match vs. the Green Bay Packers in 2008 the day after his son’s funeral.
Zelenka played with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, and had been a member of that team since 2001. He’s a nine-year veteran of this league