The Atlanta Falcons released a kicker on Tuesday morning in order to clear up a roster spot for the team’s incoming rookie class.
Elliott Fry, who signed with the Falcons on Oct. 1, 2020, was released on Tuesday, according to an official team announcement. The 26-year-old spent the last 12 weeks of the regular season on the practice squad as a back-up kicker and had recently signed a reserve/future contract in January.
Fry made his impact felt in Week 4 of the 2020 campaign in the Falcons’ game against the Packers. After being elevated to the active roster for the week, the former South Carolina product connected on his single field goal attempt and went 1-of-2 on extra points in Atlanta’s 30-16 loss in Green Bay.
Before signing with the Falcons, Fry spent time on the practice squads of the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went undrafted out of South Carolina in 2017 and first landed on a professional roster in 2019 with the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football.
Now that he has some NFL experience, Fry should get another shot outside of Atlanta.
We have released K Elliott Fry. https://t.co/FLqpSY4bVK
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) May 11, 2021
The Falcons decision isn’t too surprising, considering the team has found its kicker of the future in Younghoe Koo. The 26-year-old, South Korean native, made his first Pro Bowl in 2020 in just his second full season in Atlanta.
In 15 games, Koo made 37 of his 39 field goals and connected on 33 of his 36 extra points. He’s also proven to be somewhat of an onside kick specialist, making him one of the most indispensable kickers in the league.