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Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart Preview: Punter

There's little doubt the Falcons made the right decision when they let the Tampa Bay Buccaneers overpay for punter Michael Koenen. Don't get me wrong, he's a good punter in his own right- but for over $3 million per season he should be the best punter in the NFL... he wasn't.

That doesn't mean Atlanta are sitting pretty at the position. Matt Bosher was 30th in the NFL in average punt yards, and tied 10th in punts inside 20-yards. Neither of these inspire long term confidence in the third year punter. It's easy to write off a team's punter as superfluous, but the truth is a good punter makes the life of a defense infinitely easier, and it's imperative the Falcons get better play from the position. Yes, Bosher was a rookie and still has a lot of room to grow, but the leash should be short.

Training camp will host a competition between the incumbent Bosher, and UDFA Dawson Zimmerman from Clemson, but realistically nobody is taking the spot from a drafted rookie punter after his first season. Bosher will remain the starter, and the Falcons will hope he's able to take the next step needed in 2012. If he's unable to it will be a long season before Atlanta can find a suitable replacement.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.