|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 182 lb.|
|Born:||July 16, 1990|
|Drafted:||2012 / UDFA|
Tavecchio had a tryout with the Patriots on Tuesday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
Analysis: Tavecchio went 5-for-5 on field goals and 8-for-8 on extra points for the Falcons last season, but he struggled in the preseason and was let go at September's roster deadline in favor of Matt Bryant. The Patriots are testing their options with recent addition Mike Nugent missing two kicks in his first two games with the team.
Tavecchio was released by the Falcons on Saturday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Tavecchio hit only 4-of-9 field goal attempts this preseason. With reliable veteran Matt Bryant re-signed, it is no surprise to see Tavecchio released. He will look for a job with another NFL team.
Tavecchio succeeded on all three of his point-after tries, but missed a 53-yard field goal attempt during Thursday's 31-12 preseason win against Jacksonville.
Analysis: Tavecchio became Atlanta's presumed starting kicker upon Matt Bryant's release in February, but put forth a woeful 4-for-9 preseason showing and prompted the team to seek alternative options. In three appearances for the Falcons last season Tavecchio seemed capable of filling Bryant's shoes for a discounted price, knocking down all five of his field goals and eight-of-eights PATs. His inconsistency this preseason, however, convinced the Falcons to bring in Blair Walsh for a one-game audition, and subsequently Matt Bryant for a Friday tryout session.
Tavecchio made his only point-after try, but missed a 39-yard field goal during Thursday's 19-7 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Tavecchio was impressive in limited work during 2018, knocking down all five of his field-goal tries and going 8-for-8 on extra points over three games. He's 4-for-8 on field goal tries through four preseason outings, however, and with little proven NFL success outside of last year -- 76.2 percent field-goal conversion rate in 2017 during his only other active season -- the $2.8 million of salary cap space that was salvaged in cutting Matt Bryant doesn't seem quite as alluring as it did in February.
Tavecchio converted on his lone point-after try, but missed two of his three field-goal attempts during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Tavecchio's first attempt came on the Falcons' opening offensive drive, a 52-yard try that faded right after New York's Henry Anderson deflected the ball at the line. The 27-year-old Tavecchio converted on his next attempt of 24 yards, but missed another 52-yarder later in the contest. The post-Matt Bryant Era is off to a shaky start, with Tavecchio going 4-for-7 on field-goal tries to this point in the preseason.
Tavecchio converted one of his two field-goal attempts, and succeeded on his lone point-after try during Thursday's 14-10 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: The Falcons' offense managed only one yard over its first three drives, but finally was able to string together some first downs and get into scoring range early in the second quarter. On his first attempt of his second campaign with the Falcons, Tavecchio came up short on a 54-yard attempt, but was able to rebound in the second half by making a 27-yard kick that provided Atlanta with a temporary three-point lead. So long as he doesn't completely go off the rails this preseason, Tavecchio is comfortably in the driver's seat to be the starting kicker with Matt Bryant a free agent, and no other kicker currently residing on the roster.
Head coach Dan Quinn said that Tavecchio will take over for Matt Bosher as the team's kickoff specialist, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Despite his heroic Week 16 tackle against now-teammate Kenjon Barner, Bosher does not retain the kickoff duties, as the 29-year-old Tavecchio will now inherit the role. Tavecchio has demonstrated a strong leg in two seasons as a place kicker, knocking down 10 of his 13 career kicks from 40 or more yards out, and five of six attempts from 50-plus yards. Based on that proven ability to kick it deep, the coaching staff believes he is the man for the job and has nominated him accordingly three days out from the preseason opener.
Tavecchio is expected to replace Matt Bryant as the Falcons' kicker for 2019, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The team informed Bryant of his release, presumably intending to go cheap at the position. Tavecchio's strong performance in 2018 may have contributed to the plan, as he didn't miss any kicks (five FGs and eight PATs) in the three games he played when Bryant was injured. It is still possible the Falcons could bring in competition, considering Tavecchio missed five field goals with Oakland in 2017. He doesn't need to be great to provide fantasy utility, with the Falcons playing in a dome and coming off five consecutive seasons finishing eighth or better in total yards.
Tavecchio will be inactive Sunday but will remain on the Falcons' 53-man roster, vVaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Bryant appears to be fully clear of his hamstring injury, but the Falcons apparently want to see him in game action before fully moving on from Tavecchio. The 28-year-old converted all five field-goal attempts and all eight PATs during the three games in place of Bryant.
Tavecchio connected on a 40-yard field-goal attempt, and succeeded on his lone point-after try during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: The Milan-born Tavecchio has been flawless since taking over for the injured Matt Bryant (hamstring) in Week 7, converting on all 13 of his combined attempts (5-for-5 on FGA, 8-for-8 on PATs). He's proven capable of connecting from long range -- four of his five field goals are from 40-plus yards, and two of the five from more than 50 yards out. The issue is his lack of volume, as Tavecchio's 1.7 attempts per game prohibit him from providing assured starting value on a weekly basis (Atlanta's 14 FGA as a team are tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL).
Tavecchio is in line to serve as Atlanta's kicker Sunday at Cleveland, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Bryant is still recovering from a hamstring injury and doesn't seem to have shown enough progress at Thursday's practice. Tavecchio is attached to a high-powered offense and has yet to miss a kick this season, but a game in Cleveland isn't the best environment for success.
Tavecchio was five-for-five on PATs, while converting on his lone field-goal try from 27 yards out during Sunday's 38-14 win against Washington.
Analysis: Tavecchio remains perfect through two games as a Falcon, sinking all four of his field-goal attempts (three of which came from 40-plus yards out), while hitting on seven-of-seven extra-point tries. If Matt Bryant (hamstring) is ruled out for a third straight game in Week 10, Tavecchio will retain his kicking duties against Cleveland, a team that allowed the fifth-most field-goal attempts coming into the weekend (19). If nothing more comes of it, the "Italian Stallion" has performed well enough in substitute duties to open up potential starting opportunities down the road.
Tavecchio will remain the Falcons' kicker for Sunday's game in Washington with Matt Bryant (hamstring) ruled out for the contest, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After sitting out the Falcons' Week 7 win over the Giants with the injury, Bryant failed to show enough improvement coming out of the team's Week 8 bye to gain clearance for Sunday. As a result, Tavecchio will get a chance to build on his strong Atlanta debut versus the Giants, during which he converted both extra-point tries and all three of his field-goal attempts, including two from 50-plus yards. Though he'll be buoyed by an offense that ranks seventh in the NFL with 401 yards per game this season, Tavecchio's opportunities may be more limited than they were in Week 7 while Atlanta matches up with a stout Washington defense that has yielded just 19.1 points and one field goal attempt per contest.
Tavecchio connected on field-goal tries from 40, 50 and 56 yards out during Monday's 23-20 win against the Giants.
Analysis: Just as he did last week, head coach Dan Quinn put his kicker in a high-pressure situation in the waning moments of a one-possession game. And once again, his kicker delivered in spades. In Week 6, it was Matt Bryant who connected on a 57-yard attempt with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta put a much-needed inter-divisional win on ice against Tampa Bay (Bryant injured his hamstring on the play). In another tight game against the Giants on Monday night, the recently-signed Tavecchio nailed a 56-yard try to push Atlanta's lead to two possessions with under two minutes to go. Whether it be Tavecchio or Bryant kicking for Atlanta in the team's next game against Washington on Nov. 4th, expectations should be tempered somewhat facing a Redskins defense that has struggled to hold opponents to field goals this year (seventh worst red-zone defense in the NFL).
Tavecchio will take on kicking duties Week 7 against the Giants, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Falcons coach Dan Quinn gave an injury report on the radio Thursday morning, where he ruled out Matt Bryant (hamstring) in favor of the recently-signed Tavecchio. The second-year player converted 76.2 percent of his field goals lin his rookie year with Oakland, and should see plenty of opportunities in what's expected to be a high-scoring affair indoors Monday night.
Tavecchio is expected to sign with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With starter Matt Bryant unlikely to play this week due to a hamstring injury, the Falcons will bring in Tavecchio, who they waived on September 1 after he spent several days with them in training camp. The 28-year-old played his first NFL season in 2017 with the Raiders, where he converted on 76.2 percent of his kicks.
Tavecchio was waived by the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Tavecchio had little more than a cup of coffee in Atlanta, as he's headed out of town just five days after originally signing. The journeyman kicker will now look to catch on with another franchise after posting a 76.2 field-goal rate in 2017 with Oakland.
Tavecchio signed with the Falcons on Monday.
Analysis: Tavecchio, who was waived by Oakland earlier this preseason, seems an odd fit for a Falcons team which recently signed Matt Bryant to a three-year contract extension. While Tavecchio performed decently as an incumbent starter for the Raiders in 2017, Bryant is one of the league's top options at the position and has finished top-five among kickers during each of the last two campaigns. The addition of Tavecchio may indicate that the Falcons remain concerned about the lingering undisclosed injury that Bryant has dealt with this summer, despite the fact that the team's all-time leading scorer was able to suit up and kick two field goals in last week's preseason game against the Jaguars.
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