Falcons sign place-kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Bryant, Bosher to be held out of Game 4; Marvin will punt

The Falcons signed place-kicker Giorgio Tavecchio on Monday.

He will kick in the fourth exhibition game against the Dolphins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Falcons will hold out kicker Matt Bryant and punter Matt Bosher in the final preseason game. Bryant, who was battling an undisclosed injury, kicked against the Jaguars on Saturday.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said that he did not suffer a setback.

Former Georgia kicker David Marvin will handle the punting duties against the Dolphins. 

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Tavecchio was signed on the Raiders active roster last season following the injury to Sebastian Janikowski. He appeared in all 16 games and converted on 16 of his 21 field goal attempts, including making 3 of 4 from 50-plus yards. 

“This is something that we had planned for a week or two,” Quinn said on Monday. “We thought we’d get a chance to get a look at him. He did an awesome job in the workout with us a few weeks ago. We wanted to get a chance to see him in the game.

“It was good to see Matt (Bryant) kick. He won’t kick on this Thursday. We thought this would be the perfect opp for Giorgio to come in.”

Tavecchio, from Italy, started his NFL career with the 49ers in 2012 after a four-year collegiate career at California. He has also spent time with the Packers and Lions.

The Falcons had an opening after reaching an injury settlement with wide receiver Cody Pearson. 

Bryant, who missed the Falcons’ first two exhibition games, made field goals of 47 and 33 yards against the Jaguars.

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