The Atlanta Falcons’ special teams will continue with legs from the New England Patriots’ past.
Punter Ryan Allen and kicker Younghoe Koo have reached one-year contract extensions through 2020, the Falcons announced Tuesday.
Allen, 29, spent six seasons with New England after entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013. The two-time Ray Guy Award winner by way of Oregon State and Louisiana Tech was released last August and succeeded by rookie draft choice Jake Bailey. Allen signed with the Falcons in November, becoming the organization’s fifth punter of the campaign, and re-signed in December as incumbent Matt Bosher returned to injured reserve.
In eight games for Atlanta, Allen averaged 41.9 yards per punt and pinned 14 of his 28 punts inside the opposing 20-yard line. He remains the longest-tenured punter of head coach Bill Belichick’s stay in New England.
Koo, 25, spent the initial two weeks of October on the Patriots’ practice squad following Stephen Gostkowski’s placement on IR. The Georgia Southern product, who made previous stops with the Los Angeles Chargers and the Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta Legends, joined the Falcons before the calendar turned to November.
Koo would twice earn NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and finished 2019 having gone 23-of-26 on field goals and 15-of-16 on extra points. The impending exclusive-rights free agent converted four onside kicks in the process, with a pair nullified by Falcons penalties.