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Harvey Dahl

ORG / Atlanta Falcons

Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 308 | Sp: 5.47 | Exp: 4th yr.

College: Nevada | Jersey: 73

How acquired: Signed as UFA from San Francisco practice squad in 2007

A college left tackle best-known for working past the whistle and frustrating defenders with his physical, nasty temperament, Dahl is a tough, self-made overachiever who has earned a place in the NFL with his grit and determination. He was passed over by all 32 teams in the 2005 NFL draft before Bill Parcells gave the undrafted free agent a brief look. He barely survived a month in Dallas before being cut, only to be claimed by the 49ers. After spending the next 2½ years on the fringes of the roster, including a stint in NFL Europe playing for the Rhein Fire, Dahl was plucked from the Niners' practice squad by the Falcons midway through his third season. In his fourth year, after the arrival of GM Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, he earned the starting ORG job and helped set the tone for the league's second-best rushing offense, paving the way for Michael Turner as a tenacious run blocker. He still loses his balance more than scouts would like, lunging and aggressively overextending, and is not a great foot athlete. But Dahl is smart, tough and hardworking and brings an infectious attitude to the offensive line. He was fined three times by the league in his first year as a starter for playing with too much vinegar and has earned a reputation as one of the NFL's meaner players. What he lacks in athletic ability he overcomes with his long arms, extra effort and outstanding intangibles.

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I like Harvey Dahl and what he brings to our O-line. Talk about a bipolar gathering there! The left side is calm and collect, while the right side is more of a "shut-the-****-up-or-Im-gonna-place-my-fist-in-your-mouth..nm-gonna-do-it-anyway".

:lol::lol:

The Bipolar Bunch

I sense nickname potential here.

Coach already calls them the misfit gang or something like that.

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Harvey Dahl

ORG / Atlanta Falcons

Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 308 | Sp: 5.47 | Exp: 4th yr.

College: Nevada | Jersey: 73

How acquired: Signed as UFA from San Francisco practice squad in 2007

A college left tackle best-known for working past the whistle and frustrating defenders with his physical, nasty temperament, Dahl is a tough, self-made overachiever who has earned a place in the NFL with his grit and determination. He was passed over by all 32 teams in the 2005 NFL draft before Bill Parcells gave the undrafted free agent a brief look. He barely survived a month in Dallas before being cut, only to be claimed by the 49ers. After spending the next 2½ years on the fringes of the roster, including a stint in NFL Europe playing for the Rhein Fire, Dahl was plucked from the Niners' practice squad by the Falcons midway through his third season. In his fourth year, after the arrival of GM Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, he earned the starting ORG job and helped set the tone for the league's second-best rushing offense, paving the way for Michael Turner as a tenacious run blocker. He still loses his balance more than scouts would like, lunging and aggressively overextending, and is not a great foot athlete. But Dahl is smart, tough and hardworking and brings an infectious attitude to the offensive line. He was fined three times by the league in his first year as a starter for playing with too much vinegar and has earned a reputation as one of the NFL's meaner players. What he lacks in athletic ability he overcomes with his long arms, extra effort and outstanding intangibles.

Well the guy who posted something earlier stating that he was cut by Dallas was right! I did not know that. Good post jbo.

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