The media pavilion was too far away to record the distances, but Walsh missed many of his kicks to the left. It was originally reported that he made only four, but after reviewing media film, the referee signaled that he made one of the field goals that was in dispute.
Walsh, 29, went to the Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro as a rookie in 2012 with the Vikings. He found himself out of the league last season after a promising start to his career.
Walsh and Tavecchio will both play in the exhibition season finale against Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Thursday at TIAA Field.
“We’ll get a chance to see where it goes in the game,” Quinn said. “First time with a new snapper and a new holder. That’s what practice if for, to have some chances to go. In the game, that’s where everybody has a right to react and that’s where the performance is measured, but we’ve got to work hard to get it right out here.”
Walsh’s NFL career started to go sideways after he missed a potential game-winning kick in the 2015 playoffs. With Seattle ahead 10-9 with 26 seconds to play, Walsh missed a 27-yard field attempt wide left.
Walsh missed eight more kicks over nine games in 2016 and was released by the Vikings.
In 2017, Walsh was signed by the Seahawks. After missing 8 of 29 field goals, he was not re-signed. He didn't play in the league last season.
With Tavecchio struggling, Walsh, Younghoe Koo and Elliott Fry received tryouts Saturday with the Falcons. Walsh won the battle and was signed to compete with Tavecchio for the job.
The Falcons released veteran kicker Matt Bryant in February. He's healthy and ready to go, but the Falcons opted not to call him.
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