Matt Bryant named Falcons' kicker after Shayne Graham let go

Matt Bryant, the 41-year-old going into his 16th NFL season, will maintain his duties as the Atlanta Falcons' placekicker.

The team made the announcement Friday after the 75-man roster was trimmed to 64 players. Included in those cuts was veteran kicker Shayne Graham, who was signed this preseason to fill in for an injured Bryant and ended up competing for the job.

Bryant, who has been sidelined with muscle tightness, returned to action Thursday night and converted a 27-yard field goal along with a pair of extra points. Meanwhile, Graham missed a 32-yard field goal.

Last year, Graham finished the season as the Falcons' kicker after Bryant went down with a quad injury.

The other cuts Friday included defensive end Malliciah Goodman, a fourth-round pick in the 2013 draft. Goodman became the fourth member of the '13 draft class not be on the roster, joining fifth-rounder Stansly Maponga, seventh-rounder Sean Renfree, and seventh-rounder Zeke Motta, who suffered a career-ending neck injury.

Also released/waived were the following players: T Bryce Harris, DE Nordly Capi, T Laurence Gibson, DT Cory Johnson, CB Devonta Johnson, S Damian Parms, OL Collin Rahrig, WR Corey Washington, and LB Matt Wells.

The Falcons' roster officially stands at 64, although a source indicated linebacker Tyler Starr, a seventh-round pick in 2014, also will be waived. The team also is expected to reach an injury settlement with fullback Will Ratelle, who injured his ankle in Thursday night's final preseason game.

That would leave the Falcons with nine cuts to make to reach Saturday's 53-man roster limit by 4 p.m. (ET). There will be tough decisions to make at wide receiver, where Nick Williams and rookie J.D. McKissic are fighting for likely one roster spot, and at tight end, where four players could legitimately be kept out of a group that includes Jacob Tamme, rookie Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea, and Joshua Perkins. Perkins could be the wild card of the group with the speed he's shown at the position.

Also, the third running-back spot behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman is worth monitoring, with Terron Ward having an impressive final preseason game coming off a high ankle sprain. His competition, undrafted rookie Brandon Wilds, was a preseason standout before suffering a sprained LCL in his knee. The injury might lead to injured reserve consideration for Wilds.