Blair Walsh has shaky 5 of 9 kicking session

Blair Walsh, who was signed this week to compete against Giorgio Tavecchio, made 5 of 9 field goals during his kicking session at Falcons practice Tuesday.

Walsh was signed on Sunday to compete with Tavecchio, who has made just 4 of 8 field goals during the exhibition games.

“I’d be careful looking into that,” Quinn said after practice. “That’s a dangerous subject to go through because yesterday we had some and today. I’ll go back and look through, but I would say be careful at looking at one thing from practice. We don’t usually give out stats. That’s a dangerous subject.”

Walsh kicked during the close session of practice on Monday.

“But he hit well yesterday,” Quinn said. “I don’t think he hit it as well today, that’s for sure.”

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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