Atlanta Falcons: Phillipkeith Manley

Falcons shore up O-line depth

September, 3, 2013
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The Atlanta Falcons now have another option at right tackle besides Lamar Holmes.

Coach Mike Smith said Tuesday afternoon that the Falcons have signed veteran Jeremy Trueblood. He previously was a starter in Tampa Bay before losing his job last season and spending this preseason with Washington.

Holmes, a second-year player, has struggled since taking over at right tackle when Mike Johnson went down with a season-ending injury. Holmes is likely to start the season opener, but Trueblood could challenge him as soon as he learns the offense.

To make room for Trueblood, the Falcons released offensive lineman Terren Jones. The Falcons also reached an injury settlement with Phillipkeith Manley.

Atlanta Falcons cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2013
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Most significant move: The Falcons were 13-3 last year and kept most of their team together. That’s why it’s more than a little surprising that four undrafted free agents made the roster. That’s a tribute to the scouting staff. OT Terren Jones, LB Paul Worrilow, LB Joplo Bartu and OT Ryan Schraeder made the team. Worrilow and Bartu should contribute immediately on special teams. Schraeder has shown the ability to play both right and left tackle.

Fan favorite: He was a long shot all the way, but Banks was being followed closely by fans. That’s because he had a unique history. Banks spent five years in prison and later was exonerated. Banks’ attempt to make the team was a great story while it lasted. But it may not be completely over. The Falcons reportedly may offer Banks a position working with the team.

What’s next: The Falcons could be combing the waiver wire for offensive line help. Second-year pro Lamar Holmes is unproven at right tackle and the Falcons, who lost projected starter Mike Johnson to injury, might want to bring in an alternative. Even if Holmes plays well, the line still could use more depth. It also is possible the Falcons could bring in a veteran quarterback because backup Dominique Davis never has taken a snap in the regular season.

Players cut: Waived LB Brian Banks, G Theo Goins, DT Neal Huynh, CB Terrence Johnson, S Charles Mitchell, DT Micanor Regis, T Alec Savoie, LB Pat Schiller, K Jeremy Shelley, CB Peyton Thompson, RB Ronnie Wingo, FB Patrick DiMarco, LB Robert James, WR Darius Johnson, CB Jordan Mabin, G Phillipkeith Manley, G Jacques McClendon, WR Martel Moore, DT Adam Replogle and WR James Rodgers. The Falcons also placed QB Sean Renfree and TE Andrew Szczerba on injured reserve.

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