Falcons waive rookie OLB Jacques Smith

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
12:45
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The Atlanta Falcons continued to shave their roster down to 53 players by releasing rookie outside linebacker Jacques Smith, a league source told ESPN.com.

As an undrafted player out of the University of Tennessee, Smith immediately developed a reputation for being rugged after several training camp fights with his teammates. Then he was ejected from the third preseason game against Tennessee when he took a shot at Titans rookie tackle Taylor Lewan. The latter cost Smith a $8,268 fine.

Smith could end up on the Falcons' practice squad, if he clears waivers. The coaches seem to like his passion and energy, as long as he doesn't cross the line.

Smith being taken out of the equation means Tyler Starr, another outside linebacker and seventh-round draft pick, should make the team.

Also let go by the Falcons on Saturday morning, according to multiple sources, were tight end Mickey Shuler and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert. Shuler was in a battle with Bear Pascoe as the No. 2 tight end behind Levine Toilolo. Shuler could be claimed off waivers. If not, he has one year of practice-squad eligibility remaining.

Ebert played well in the exhibition finale at Jacksonville, but the numbers at wide receiver did not work in his favor.

The Falcons entered Saturday needing to make 10 more cuts to reach the 53-man roster limit.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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