Posted: 1:39 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014

LB Nate Stupar claimed, Tim Dobbins released as practice squad takes shape 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Falcons coach Mike Smith during training camp.

FLOWERY BRANCH – As expected, the Falcons have already started tinkering with their 53-man roster.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have the sixth position on the waiver wire and they opened a spot on the roster by releasing linebacker Tim Dobbins today, according to his agent David Cantor.

The Falcons claimed linebacker Nate Stupar, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder. He was drafted by the Raiders in the seventh-round (230th overall) of the 2012 draft. He’s spent time with the Raiders, Eagles, 49ers and Jacksonville.

He has played mostly on special teams in 12 NFL games.

Stupar, who played at Penn State, is the nephew of former NFL quarterback Jeff Hostetler.

Also, the Falcons have started rounding up their 10-member practice squad.

The Falcons signed cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, linebacker Jacques Smith, and running back Jerome Smith to the practice squad.

Robertson, a seventh-round pick in 2012, is beneficiary of the new practice squad rules.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have agreed to expand NFL Practice Squads for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Absent an extension of the agreement, the current rules will be reinstated beginning with the 2016 season.

Under the agreement, 2014 and 2015 practice squads will increase from the current maximum of eight players to 10 players.

In addition, the criteria for practice squad eligibility has been expanded in two respects.

First, a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a practice squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of practice squad service.

Second, each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two practice squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.

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24 comments
BillFalcon
BillFalcon

All the trees in Georgia tilt southwest because ...... NOLA sucks.

Michaelee
Michaelee

@doggoneit  @BillFalcon  The jokes were cool..


What will SeenThisB4's new name be on the blog after next Sunday's game?


"NeverSawThatB4"

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Like the practice squad picks. Like this Falcons team much better overall than last year. Might become interesting.

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

Q: What is th difference between a bucket of cow dung and an New Orleans Saints fan? 

A: The bucket.


BillFalcon
BillFalcon

If you want to see some real illiterate fans, go to the NOLA.com website and get on their sports blogs. The webfooted whodats are seriously delusional.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

This time in one week, the falcan'ts and their fans will be licking their wounds and uniformly calling for Dimitroff's and Mike Smith's heads! LOL! And you all know that's the truth!

DKrisGlover
DKrisGlover

Mad that Starr is with the team over Smith.  And would easily take Michael Sam, a  young player who can develop rather than a highly paid mediocre veteran coming off an injury who's more well known for his romantic entanglements than Sam is.

GuyGadbois
GuyGadbois

DLed -- what happened to Amsterdam?  injury settlement? why not practice squad.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

N E 1 esle glad they did not sigh the gay palyer form the Rams? 

WolfWithanE
WolfWithanE

Cant Wait to see the "TRIPPLE FRET" This Year


-Jones

-White

-Hester

gfw
gfw

Don't know Dobbins at all.  Must have been asleep when he was playing in the pre-season.  Also never heard of Stupar.  Does anybody know him?

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Can this guy play? I'm not concerned where he came from, if given the opportunity-- can he help win football games.

SOB
SOB

Just beautiful. Yet another Jacksonville Jaquar reject.  This team will never win anything as long as Mike "Granite Head" Smith is the head coach ate up with some kind of Jacksonville Jaquar fetish which seems to control him. By the way, how is Mike Smith's choice of offensive co-ordinator Mike Mularkey working out down there? Didn't think so. I'm begging you, Artie. Get us an NFL head coach in here now!

mxpxboy
mxpxboy

So happy that Reedy was retained. #SpeedyReedy

BradLowe
BradLowe

@doggoneit That ways VERY elegantly stated.... And Honestly, the cow dung should be offended! 

BillFalcon
BillFalcon

@doggoneit  Funny.  What do you have if you get 16 whodats in the same room?  A full set of teeth.

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@SeenThatB4 You dont speak for the falcons or their fans. not your place. your place is right where you are. A little hole in the ground where no one can find you

gfw
gfw

@DKrisGlover The NFL Network reported today that Sam is a 4-3 DE, while the Rams are a 3-4 team. This was part of the explanation of why he had difficulty making the team.  Our Falcons have essentially morphed into a 3-4 team (whether Smith will quite admit it or not), so I'm not sure there's room for Sam.  And note that seven (!) Falcon DEs made the 53-man cut for the Falcons.

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@Flacons_go_2-14  no they did not. the coaches are pretty smart. I'm sure they will make the right decisions.

TrueFan1
TrueFan1

@SOB Smith has had only one losing season since he has been here. Give him this season to turn things around. then throw him to the wolves

BIGDAWG31650
BIGDAWG31650

@SOB Are you really that delusional?  Mike Smith has won more games in just a few years than any falcons head coach EVER.  Dan Reeves did a good job but Smith has exceeded Reeves in winning season after season.  One bad season doesn't ruin a career.  Smith is the best thing to ever happen to the Falcons with the exception of Blank buying the team and spending the way that he has to bring in players.

gfw
gfw

@mxpxboy Agree totally!  Love the acceleration, and then, real speed.  Very few in the NFL would catch him.

SaintsInLosAngelesBy2020
SaintsInLosAngelesBy2020

@doggoneit Don't even read or reply to the Saints followers on here. When you see that a troll has posted, simply skip to the next comment. A reply encourages them to keep posting.

Have you ever been in a social situation where a loud mouth keeps inserting himself into the conversations of others? You probably have seen that before.