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Falcons | Koenen wins place-kicking job; team not sure if he will punt

Paul Newberry, of the Associated Press, reports the Atlanta Falcons have decided P/PK Michael Koenen will be their place kicker in 2006. They still haven't decided if he'll also be their punter. Head coach Jim Mora will wait until after Thursday's final preseason game, Aug. 31, before deciding if he wants to bring in someone else to handle the punting. He's concerned about giving one guy all three jobs, though Koenen certainly looks capable of handling the load. Frank Corral was the last kicker to do triple duty on a regular basis. In 1981, he had 89 punts, kicked off 70 times and attempted 26 field goals for the Los Angeles Rams. The Falcons will scan the list of available punters after NFL teams make their final round of cuts. If there's someone worth picking up, they might go that route. Or, if they decide to free up a roster spot for another position, they'll let Koenen do all three jobs. "That's a real positive, especially if we feel like we need someone else for special teams," Mora said.

2006-08-29 19:12:31 | Source:

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