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Falcons bring in Blair Walsh to compete for kicking job

Sun Aug 25 2:16pm ET

Players: Blair Walsh, Giorgio Tavecchio

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) With one game left in the preseason, the Atlanta Falcons have brought in former Pro Bowler Blair Walsh to compete for their kicking job.

Walsh was at practice Sunday and will get a shot at beating out Giorgio Tavecchio, who has made only four of eight field goal attempts during the preseason.

The Falcons (0-4) travel to Jacksonville for their final exhibition game Thursday night.

The 29-year-old Walsh attended Georgia and was a sixth-round pick of Minnesota in 2012. He made the Pro Bowl during his rookie season and connected on 24 field goals of at least 50 yards during five years with the Vikings, but his career went sideways after he missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 22 seconds remaining that would've won a playoff game vs. Seattle during the 2015 season.

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Russell Gage Sep 24 7:40pm ET

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Calvin Ridley Sep 24 7:20pm ET

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Julio Jones Sep 24 6:50pm ET

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Todd Gurley Sep 24 6:10pm ET

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Matt Ryan Sep 24 5:40pm ET

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Jarvis Landry Sep 24 5:00pm ET

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Austin Hooper Sep 24 5:00pm ET

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Sep 24 4:53pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check on Smith-Schuster's status after practice Friday, Sept. 25, but he was able to play last week despite the injury. He should be at least a No. 2 receiver in leagues if he is able to play.

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Fantasy Spin: Roethlisberger is off to a terrific start to the season and seems to have a good connection with his receivers. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues.

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Noah Fant Sep 24 4:50pm ET

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Odell Beckham Jr. Sep 24 4:50pm ET

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Brandon McManus Sep 24 4:50pm ET

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DeSean Jackson Sep 24 4:43pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Jackson has been targeted 16 times over the first two games of the season and should see plenty of targets this week with Jalen Reagor sidelined. He will have a favorable matchup and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.

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Malcom Brown Sep 24 4:43pm ET

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Tim Patrick Sep 24 4:40pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Doyle may be a game-time decision this week, so fantasy players will need to monitor his status over the next few days. He could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end in leagues if he is able to play.

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