Where will the Atlanta Falcons find a punter for 2022?
The two least talked about positions in the NFL are punter and long snapper, Atlanta’s head coach Arthur Smith already stated that the team will look to sign a veteran long snapper, but what will they do at the punter position?
Dom Maggio is the only signed punter on the Falcons roster, but he is likely not the answer for the position in 2022. We could either see the team sign or draft a punter for the upcoming season.
Watch out for the Falcons to draft a punter late in the draft
As boring as it is to see a team like the Falcons draft a punter in the late rounds, it will probably happen this year and it is likely the team’s best option for the future at the position.
Matt Bosher manned the position for years but due to injuries and age, Atlanta let him walk a couple years ago. He, funny enough, was a former sixth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2011. Perhaps we could see Terry Fontenot draft the team’s next “franchise” punter during the same round that Bosher was selected.
Atlanta has a plan for the position, which likely is to wait until the draft to see who is available in the sixth and seventh rounds. If the guy they like is available, they will take him, but if not they will have to move forward to the next option.
The next option would be finding one in the undrafted free agent pool. Assuming that they were not willing to draft that player, they probably will not believe in the player as their punter for the long term.
If either of those options does not set up how they like then the last option is to bring in a free agent. The probable guy would be Thomas Morstead who was the team’s punter for much of the 2021 season.
Those are the three options that the Falcons have, the best option is to find a young guy in the draft who will take over the position for the next decade.