Posted: Sunday, August 31st 2014 at 12:40am
Falcons cut down to a 53-man roster
By staff reports
FLOWERY BRANCH -Ė The Atlanta Falcons Saturday announced that they have waived cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Jacques Smith. The club has also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.
Allen, 5-9, 186 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Purdue. He earned All-Big 10 honors all four years with the Boilermakers and finished his career as the school record holder with four interception returns for touchdowns, 13 interceptions and 263 total tackles.
Baker, 6-0, 209 pounds, was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent out of Ball State following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent part of the 2013 season on the Falcons practice squad before being signed to the active roster for the season finale.
Ebert, 6-0, 195 pounds, was originally selected by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (235th overall) in the 2012 NFL draft. He played in five games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 and notched three receptions for 18 yards.
Gunn, 6-2, 310 pounds, was originally signed by the Cowboys as a college free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Falcons in 2012 and played in three games as a reserve offensive guard during the 2013 season.
Jones, 6-7, 341 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 29, 2013. He was a three-time All-SWAC performer and an AFCA All-American following his senior season at Alabama State University.
Reedy, 5-9, 175 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Toledo on May 12, 2014. He logged 195 receptions for 2,743 yards with 23 touchdowns in four seasons for the Rockets.
Robertson, 6-4, 304 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (249th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in 12 career games, logging five tackles (four solo).
Shuler, 6-4, 247 pounds, was originally selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (214 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad on September 1, 2013 where he spent the 2013 season.
Smith, 6-2, 258 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Tennessee on May 12, 2014. He totaled 120 tackles (71 solo), 21.5 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in four seasons for the Volunteers.
Boldewijn, 6-4, 220 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Boise State on May 12, 2014. He caught 87 passes for 1,151 yards with six touchdowns in four seasons for the Broncos.
In compliance with the NFLís mandatory roster cut down, the Falcons roster now sits at 53 players. Atlanta may establish a 10-player practice squad beginning on Sunday.
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