Bryant heads into the 2017 season at 42 years of age. It's unusual. As SBNation noted, the list of players 40 and older who have played in the NFL isn't long. The oldest ever was George Blanda, who was 48, followed by 47-year-old Morten Andersen, who was pretty remarkable in his own right. If we're narrow the list to players 42 and over, the list is only 25 names long, and 12 of those (13 including Bryant) have been kickers. In other words, he's in rare company, and it's fair to argue that he's performing at a higher level than any of the other 24 names on the list. Bryant hit 91.9 percent of his field goals a year ago, and while there are no guarantees he'll continue to kick at that level, he's broken age and injury barriers that have felled lesser kickers. It's not unreasonable to think he can do this another 2-3 years, and even with slightly diminishing returns, he'd still be one of the more reliable kickers in the NFL. And if the Falcons' offense continues to score like they did in 2016, Bryant will continue to come up big for fantasy owners.
Matt Bryant 2016 Outlook
Why is Bryant such a value this year? After all, he plays with a fairly potent offense -- one with the potential to be among the league's most productive. Well, the six games he missed due to injury last year are one reason. Another? Bryant had his first season below 85 percent field goals made in 2015 when he notched just 14 of 18 tries, with three misses coming from 40-plus yards. In addition, the injury raises some concern about Bryant's age. Yes, we've see kickers work well into their 40's time and time again and that's exactly what Bryant has done. He has 14 years under his belt and is just turned 41. So, as Fansided recently pointed out, Bryant's days in the league are numbered. The Falcons realize this. They signed Nick Rose out of the University of Texas to compete with Bryant for the 2016 starting job. Make sure Bryant wins that battle before you invest on draft day.
Matt Bryant 2015 Outlook
The Falcons signed Bryant to a contract extension this offseason. Although he’s no spring chicken, the decision to keep him around makes sense. Bryant has been one of the NFL’s most consistent kickers since joining Atlanta as a free agent in 2009, converting 88.6 percent of his field goal attempts. The veteran kicker has scored 666 points with the Falcons -- second in franchise history behind Morten Andersen. The 40 year old enjoyed a strong 2014 campaign, converting 29-of-32 field goal attempts while leading the NFL in kicks made beyond 50 yards. And the new PAT distance of 33 yards? Bryant is 19-of-20 for his career on field goals from 32 or 33 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Bryant has made 403-of-407 extra points through his first 14 seasons. With an offense led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, Bryant should continue to get plenty of opportunities in 2015.