Kicker Matt Bryant set a new franchise record in Week 7 against Detroit by hitting three field goals to make 27 straight kicks made, a streak that dated back to 2010. He would eventually miss one, but his streak of 30 consecutive field goals broke the 19-year-old record set in 1992 by Norm Johnson.
In 2011 Bryant was the most accurate kicker in the NFL, excluding the two guys in front of him who only attempted one or two field goals all year. With 93 percent accuracy, seeing Bryant miss a kick a complete shock the two times it happened.
18. Matt Bryant, K
19. Harry Douglas, WR
20. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB
Alex Welch’s opinion:
Honestly, was anyone more clutch than Matt Bryant last year? The Falcons can always count on him to put up three points on the board, as Bryant has only missed five field goals in the past two seasons combined. He gets plenty of rise on every kick so we don’t have to worry about opponents blocking him very often. Kickers aren’t typically the first players to come to mind when you think about best on the team, but Bryant certainly deserves recognition on this list.
Knox Bardeen’s opinion:
Bryant led the team in scoring—which isn’t unusual for a kicker—and led the league in accuracy. That’s almost all there is to say. Bryant doesn’t handle kickoff duties—Matt Bosher hits those—and focuses on just scoring points with his leg. He hasn’t missed an extra point in his three-year tenure with the Falcons and has a better-than-90-percent success rate in his two full seasons in Atlanta.