Falcons to Audition CFL Kicker

University of Guelph kicker/punter Rob Maver, the fifth overall pick of last weekend's CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders, will try out for the Atlanta Falcons during this weekend's mini-camp.

"It threw me for a loop when I got the call from my agent," Maver told the Calgary Herald on Wednesday. "I was kind of in shock, too. I was like, 'Wow, OK'.

"They're just bringing me down for the weekend to kick. That doesn't change the fact that contract negotiations are still going on with the Stampeders and I still plan on getting a place with (fellow 2010 Stampeders draft picks) Taurean Allen and Karl McCartney in a couple weeks, and I still plan on being in Calgary."

Maver referred to his tryout with the Falcons as "an alumni" thing, as Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff played safety at the University of Guelph. Dimitroff's father was the Gryphons' head football coach from 1979 to 1983, as well.

Still, Maver is excited to work with NFL veterans such as kicker Matt Bryant and punter Michael Koenen, as well as with an NFL special teams coach.

"This doesn't affect the bottom line," said Maver. "This is an opportunity to get my feet wet in a pro camp so that when the Stamps' camp opens on June 3, I'll have seen the speed that's going to be around me, so it's not going to be as big of a shock."

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