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Falcons' practice squad includes two Super Bowl players

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Staff Writer

The Atlanta Falcons created a 10-man practice squad that includes defensive lineman Joe Vellano and tight end Joshua Perkins, a couple players who saw time in the Super Bowl.

Vellano and Perkins lead a list that includes wide receiver Marvin Hall, defensive end J.T. Jones, defensive back Marcelis Branch, tackle Daniel Brunskill, wide receiver Deante Burton, running back Jhurell Pressley, nose tackle Taniela Tupou, and tight end Alex Gray.

Gray, an international import from England, does not count against the 10-man roster limit. So technically, the Falcons can add another player.

Vellano, who had an impressive preseason, played 22 snaps in the Falcons' 34-28 overtime loss to his former team, New England, in Super Bowl LI. Perkins, who was pushed off the 53-man roster by rookie fifth-round pick Eric Saubert, played 13 snaps on special teams in the Super Bowl.

Hall and Jones, who made flash plays during the preseason, are two other practice-squad players to watch. Hall's speed led to some spectacular plays -- he led the team with eight catches for 151 yards in exhibition play -- but the Falcons had a bigger need at slot receiver than on the outside, leading to Nick Williams landing a roster spot as the sixth receiver. Hall should give the Falcons' defensive backs a good look in practice on a weekly basis.

Jones showed up as edge rusher during the preseason and even caught the eye of some of his veteran teammates. He should give Matt Ryan and the first-team offense a solid look in terms of pressure as the Falcons prepare for Sunday's regular-season opener in Chicago.

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"but the Falcons had a bigger need at slot receiver than on the outside, leading to Nick Williams landing a roster spot as the sixth receiver."

Well, there you go.

If either Julio or Sanu have to miss a couple games this year, at least we have a guy that can come in from the PS and fill in rather than relying on someone like Justin Hardy to go outside.

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Falcons' practice squad includes two Super Bowl players

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Staff Writer

The Atlanta Falcons created a 10-man practice squad that includes defensive lineman Joe Vellano and tight end Joshua Perkins, a couple players who saw time in the Super Bowl.

Vellano and Perkins lead a list that includes wide receiver Marvin Hall, defensive end J.T. Jones, defensive back Marcelis Branch, tackle Daniel Brunskill, wide receiver Deante Burton, running back Jhurell Pressley, nose tackle Taniela Tupou, and tight end Alex Gray.

Lance Zierlein called it back in February.

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes San Diego State T Daniel Brunskill's athleticism but worries that he's too small and not strong enough to play an effective NFL tackle.
Brunskill moved from tight end to left tackle prior to his senior year and earned second-team All-Mountain West honors at his new position. "Intriguing athletic ability for the tackle spot, but will need time on a practice squad for additional schooling and weight work to get his skill and size where it needs to be," Zierlein wrote. "Teams could decide to use him as a big blocking tight end, but his best shot to make it in the NFL will likely be as a tackle for a zone-scheme team." Feb 24 - 3:05 PM
Source: NFL.com

 

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