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Falcons sign former Saints WR Courtney Roby

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Saints special-teams player Courtney Roby picks up a blocked punt and runs it in for a touchdown during the 2012 season opener against the Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER)

Saints special-teams player Courtney Roby picks up a blocked punt and runs it in for a touchdown during the 2012 season opener against the Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER)

The Falcons signed wide receiver and special teams maven Courtney Roby, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, today, according to the team.

The Falcons created a roster spot by releasing wide receiver Dominique Croom on Tuesday.

Roby, 31, was the Saints’ special teams captain before being released in their cut-down to 53 players last season. He’s 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds and played at Indiana.

Roby was with the Saints from 2008 to 2012..

His biggest contributions were made on special teams as a return man and on punt and kickoff coverage. He was a “gunner” on coverage teams.

He played in 62 games with the Saints and was voted special teams captain by his teammates in 2011 and 2012.

He averaged 25.6 yards on 94 kickoff returns and had a 97-yarder for a score to open the second half against the St. Louis Rams in 2009, to help the Saints to their ninth win in a row to open the season while they were on their way to winning Super Bowl XLIV.

He was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the third-round (68th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft. He played with the Titans from 2005-06 and had a brief stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts in 2008 before landing with the Saints.

Roby is the cousin of former NFL punting legend, the late Reggie Roby.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Tuesday, July 22                                Rookies report

Wednesday, July 23                          Veterans report

Friday, July 25                                    Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 26                              Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, July 27                                 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp

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