02/18/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/18/2020 15:20
The Atlanta Falcons locked up the two men on their football team who are actually paid to use their feet to hit pigskin over the course of a game.
The team announced Tuesday it signed kicker Youghoe Koo and punter Ryan Allen to one-year contract extensions.
Both signed in Atlanta midway through last season and participated in eight games.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
Koo made 23 of his 26 field-goal attempts (88.5 percent) with a long of 50 yards in Atlanta last season. He also nailed 15 of 16 extra-point tries. Koo was named NFC Special Teams Player of the week twice last year, both for games in which he nailed four total field goals.
The 25-year-old also displayed a knack for booting perfect onside kicks, with the Falcons recovering three straight (one overturned by penalty) in a Thanksgiving night loss to the Saints. He also had another onside recovery taken away by penalty later in the year.
Allen, the former New England Patriot, stopped a turnstile of punters in Atlanta last season. He was the fourth player to punt for the Falcons in 2019. The 29-year-old averaged 42 yards on 28 punts, with 14 pinned inside the 20-yard-line and just three going for touchbacks.
Atlanta also recently agreed to terms with Australian-born punter Sam Irwin-Hill.