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The Atlanta Falcons today signed three players, including defensive tackles Kindal Moorehead and Rashad Moore, and defensive end Simon Fraser.

Moorehead, 6-2, 285 pounds, joins the Falcons after spending the previous five seasons in a Carolina Panthers uniform. In 75 career games, he has totaled 138 tackles (85 solo), nine sacks, three forced fumbles, four passes defensed and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

The Alabama alum has competed in all 16 games for the past two seasons and totaled the second multiple-sack game of his career in 2006 against the Falcons in the season finale. In 2004, Moorehead totaled a career-high 50 tackles while his 17-yard interception return for a touchdown against quarterback Brian Griese and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sealed a Panthers 37-20 victory.

Moore, 6-3, 325 pounds, has collared 88 career tackles (61 solo), three sacks, two passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in four NFL seasons. He was originally drafted by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft and spent two seasons with the Seahawks. In 2004, he tallied 46 stops (32 solo), two sacks and three fumble recoveries, which were all career highs.

In 2006, Moore was claimed off of waivers by the New York Jets before joining the New England Patriots last season.

Fraser, 6-6, 300 pounds, spent the last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and compiled 54 tackles (28 solo), 4.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 48 games.

In 2006, the Ohio State graduate totaled 4.5 sacks which ranked second on the defensive unit while contributing with 36 stops, three passes defensed and a blocked extra point against Cincinnati.


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loozianafalcon (3/7/2008)
Looks like we sure are trying to shore up the old d-line -- does this necessarily mean that we will target someone else in the draft besides Dorsey or Ellis?? Thoughts??

None of these guys are starters, so I dont see our plans changing if they are to go for Dorsey or Ellis.

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Rashad Moore was part of that same UT rotation that included John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth. He's a solid NFL role player that can stuff the run.

What we are saying here is the first stage of the NE playbook. Rather than getting a lot of big name players, we are flooding our depth chart with reliable back-ups. We won't be getting any compensatory picks next year for sure, but frontline injuries won't be as devastating.

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d...e....p...t....h....???? Whats that?


Nice to see them doing the right thing.. a lot of depth.. no stupid big contracts. Does this mean no Dorsey or Ellis? I don't think so, hopefully not. But it might be a sign of a leaning towards Jake Long. Or at least, in my opinion, if we're not shoring up the DL then it better be the OL.

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jidady (3/7/2008).....


What we are saying (SEEING) here is the first stage of the NE playbook.....

I completely agree! I hope after we are finished with the defensive line, we work on the offensive line!!! I would love to see us get some reliable big guys for the O line and then have them all compete for the starting lineup!


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What do you think our depth chart would look like right now?

Abe and Jamaal are obvious. But where are the DTs ranked at this pont? Put another way, who if anyone among the three signings is perceived starter material, and who is more depth and not a starter unless needed. Might help flesh out the Dorsey vs. Ellis vs. O-Line at #3 issue.

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I really like what I'm seeing from TD and MS so far. On paper, it looks like we've started making some progress in shoring up some weaknesses, and these signinings will provide us with experienced players who are solid backups who can also start.

It would surprise me if we don't continue to focus our attention on drafting a Dorsey, Ellis or Long, with the ultimate objective of controlling the line of scrimmage.

Jidady has it right: this is the classic NE style of building a winning football team. Assemble solid, dependable players who can step in at anytime, make plays and not have a decrease in productivity at that position.

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