Falcons sign punter Thomas Morstead

New York Jets punter Thomas Morstead (4) kicks the ball during the warm-up before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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New York Jets punter Thomas Morstead (4) kicks the ball during the warm-up before an NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

FLOWERY BRANCH -- With Dustin Colquitt going on the reserve COVID-19 list Monday, the Falcons signed veteran punter Thomas Morstead on Tuesday.

The team wanted a veteran punter and picked Morstead, who was recently released by the Jets. The Falcons also signed punter Dom Maggio to the practice squad.

Morstead, 35, punted for the Saints for 2009-20. He punted for the Jets in seven games this season. He averaged 48.2 gross yards on 23 punts for the Jets this season.

The Falcons are hoping that Colquitt can make it through the NFL COVID-19 protocols in time to punt on Sunday against the Jaguars. Morstead, who went to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season, will be ready if Colquitt is not available.

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