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Here are five things Atlanta Falcons fans should know about Younghoe Koo.

With the release of kicker Matt Bryant, the Falcons signed 25-year-old Younghoe Koo to be the team's new place-kicker. Koo made a brief NFL appearance in 2017, but most NFL fans probably don't remember him very well.

Here are five things to know about Koo:

1. Koo was born in Seoul, South Korea, making him one of just four Korean-born football players to appear in an NFL game. The most notable one, of course, is former Georgia and Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

Koo came to the United States, moving to Ridgewood, New Jersey in sixth grade. He played defense and special teams for the Group 4 New Jersey powerhouse and earned team MVP during his senior year.

2. Koo went on to kick four seasons at Georgia Southern from 2013-16. He made 89.7 percent of his field goals, including 19 of 20 during his final season. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is college football's award for the best kicker in the FBS.

3. After going undrafted in 2017, Koo joined the Los Angeles Chargers. He earned the starting job during training camp, but his NFL career did not get off to a good start.

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His potential game-tying field goal from 44 yards away on Monday Night Football against the Broncos in Week 1 was blocked. Koo missed another 44-yard attempt in the final seconds of a 19-17 loss the next Sunday against the Dolphins.

Koo made all of his extra points, but he went only 3-for-6, including 1 of 4 from beyond 39 yards in the first four games of the season. The Chargers cut him after their 0-4 start to 2017.

4. The 25-year-old hasn't kicked in an NFL game since then, but Koo played for the Atlanta Legends in the AAF this past winter. The league folded, but Koo went a perfect 14-for-14 with the Legends.

5. Koo resurfaced in the NFL on the New England Patriots practice squad a few weeks ago after the Patriots placed kicker Stephen Gostkowski on IR. He spent 11 days on the practice squad before New England released him.

Koo also tried out for the Chicago Bears kicking vacancy this past summer but didn't sign with the team. Koo will take his first official NFL attempt in more than two years next week when the Falcons visit the New Orleans Saints.