Biggs: Falcons bounce kicker and snapper

A remarkable run as one of the better kickers in the history of the NFL could have come to an end today when the Atlanta Falcons released veteran Jason Elam.

Then again, you know kickers regenerate themselves and never really go away.

But Elam was bounced after missing five field goals over the last five games, including one in the Falcons’ win Sunday over Tampa Bay and one the week before in the 34-31 overtime loss to the New York Giants.

But the Falcons didn’t stop there. Instead of blaming just one person, they also sent long snapper Bryan Pittman packing. Replacing them will be veteran kicker Matt Bryant, who won a tryout with Paul Edinger, and long snapper Joe Zelenka, news first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pittman had signed with the Falcons last month.

Elam has made 436 field goals in his 17-year career, most of which was spent in Denver. He is tied with Tom Dempsey for the longest field goal in league history, a 63-yarder. But Elam was just 12-of-19 this season and the recent misses were something the team could no longer overlook.

Bryant made 32-of-38 field goals with the Bucs last season. He was injured in preseason.

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