Former South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry getting opportunity with NFL team
Former South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry appears to be getting his first opportunity to play an NFL game.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Fry is signing with the Atlanta Falcons and joining their practice squad. And if “all goes well in practice,” then Fry could be activated for their Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers, as kicker Younghoe Koo is dealing with a groin strain.
Fry was the Gamecocks’ kicker from 2013-16. During that time, he went 66-for-88 on field-goal attempts and 161-for-162 on extra points, playing 51 career games.
After college, Fry’s first opportunity came with the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football. He went 14-for-14 on field-goal attempts for the Steve Spurrier-coached team before the league suspended operations after eight weeks of its season.
Fry then signed with the Chicago Bears in April 2019, but he was cut in August after losing the preseason battle to Eddy Pineiro. Since then, Fry has spent brief time with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he has yet to make his NFL debut.
In May, Fry was claimed off waivers by the Bucs, but he was waived on Sept. 1.
The Falcons appear ready to give Fry his first big-time opportunity. Koo is “expected to miss some time,” according to Pelissero, so this could end up being more than a one-game appearance for Fry, assuming that all goes well.