NFC South: Bryan Pittman

Day of shakeups on special teams

December, 1, 2009
We’ve had these over on our news side, but, just in case you missed it, there have been some shakeups on special teams in the NFC South today.

The Falcons released veteran kicker Jason Elam and replaced him with former Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant. The Falcons also release long snapper Bryan Pittman and signed Joe Zelenka to replace him.

The Buccaneers signed punter Sam Paulescu after losing Dirk Johnson to a hamstring injury on a fake punt during Sunday’s loss to Atlanta. Paulescu previously spent some time this season with the Redskins.

The biggest move here is easily Elam. He had been one of the best kickers in the league for years and had a joyful homecoming when he joined the Falcons and returned to his native Georgia last year. But Elam had been struggling with accuracy most of this season and the Falcons made it clear by working out four kickers last week that they were considering alternatives.

Elam struggled again Sunday and that forced the move. Bryant was released by Tampa Bay in an unpopular preseason move. He had been kicking in the United Football League.

One other move that has nothing to do with special teams. The Falcons signed quarterback D.J. Shockley to the practice squad and released tackle Jeremy Clark from the practice squad. Shockley has previously been with the Falcons on the regular roster and the practice squad.

Falcons switch long-snappers

November, 5, 2009
Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons had to make a quick change at long-snapper this morning after it was determined that a rib injury would keep Mike Schneck out for the rest of the season. The Falcons placed Schneck on injured reserve and signed Bryan Pittman.

The long-snapper for the Houston Texans from 2003 through ’08, Pittman signed with the Seahawks in May, but was released before training camp and has been out of football. Pittman once put together a string of 598 consecutive successful snaps. He also has 14 career tackles on special teams.