|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 192 lb.|
|Born:||January 8, 1990|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 6 (175)|
Walsh was released by the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Walsh lasted only a week in Atlanta, with the team ultimately deciding to re-sign franchise mainstay Matt Bryant. The ex-Viking struggled in his practice session Tuesday, hitting only five of nine tries, but it is uncertain if that performance played a major factor in the Falcons going a different direction at kicker.
Walsh succeeded on five of nine field-goal tries during his kicking session at Falcons' practice Tuesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Head coach Dan Quinn was adamant that looking too closely at practice stats is a "dangerous subject," but did concede that Walsh's performance took a dip between Monday and Tuesday. Quinn stressed that in-game performance is a far stronger indicator of ability, and the coaching staff will have to make a decision on the starting kicker based on that. Giorgio Tavecchio has floundered with four missed field goals on eight opportunities thus far in the preseason slate, while Walsh comes in having posted a 79.9 percent conversion rate over his past five seasons, after hitting on 92.1 percent of his field-goal tries as a rookie.
Walsh signed a contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Walsh last saw an NFL field with the Seahawks in 2017, where he made 21 of 29 field goal attempts (72 percent). Before that, the 29-year-old spent five seasons with the Vikings, where he converted 84.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 94.5 percent of his tries on extra points. Walsh will be joined by Giorgio Tavecchio in Atlanta.
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