FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - The Atlanta Falcons selected Miami kicking specialist Matt Bosher in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday.
Bosher's arrival could affect the Atlanta futures of kicker Matt Bryant and punter Michael Koenen. Neither is under contract for the2011 season.
When the NFL lockout is lifted, it's likely the Falcons will attempt to re-sign Bryant, who was 28 of 31 on field-goal attempts and kicked three-game winners last season.
Koenen, the team's punter since the start of 2005, might be seeking too much money as an unrestricted free agent for Atlanta to consider bringing back.
In four seasons at Miami, Bosher had a 37.5 net average on 234 punts and he connected on 45 of 53 field-goal attempts. The Falcons like the strength of Bosher's right leg and likely would have him handle kickoffs.