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Falcons Make Initial Wave of Final Cuts

Posted Aug 29, 2014

The Falcons parted ways with 12 players Friday to get the roster down to 63 players. The deadline to be at 53 players is Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have waived defensive end Nosa Eguae, fullback Maurice Hagens, cornerback Jordan Mabin, wide receiver Freddie Martino, safety Kimario McFadden, tight end Jacob Pedersen, offensive lineman Adam Replogle, defensive tackle Donte Rumph, linebacker Yawin Smallwood. The club also released linebacker Pat Angerer, offensive tackle Pat McQuistan, and running back Josh Vaughan.

Eguae, 6-3, 269 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Auburn on May 12, 2014. He started 43 games in four seasons for the Tigers where he totaled 105 tackles (65 solo) with 21.0 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.

Hagens, 5-11, 250 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Miami (Fla.) on May 12, 2014. He played in 42 games with 13 starts in four seasons as a lead blocker for the Hurricanes.

Mabin, 5-11, 180 pounds, was originally signed by the Cowboys as a college free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the 2013 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

Martino, 6-0, 195 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of North Greenville on May 12, 2014. He was a four-year starter for the Crusaders where he caught 296 passes for 3,766 yards, and 26 touchdowns.

McFadden, 5-11, 197 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of South Carolina State on May 12, 2014. He recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception during his senior season for the Bulldogs.

Pedersen, 6-5, 240 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Wisconsin on May 12, 2014. He finished his career ranked seventh all-time at Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history.

Replogle, 6-3, 294 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 29, 2013. He spent the 2013 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

Rumph, 6-3, 320 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Kentucky on May 12, 2014. He He logged 126 total tackles in four seasons with the Wildcats, including 47 tackles (24 solo), six tackles for loss, and two sacks as a senior in 2013.

Smallwood, 6-4, 236 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Connecticut. He started 36 games at middle linebacker, and was the Huskies leading tackler in his final two seasons.

Angerer, 6-0, 236 pounds, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Colts, he played in 54 games with 39 starts while totaling 327 tackles (194 solo).

McQuistan, 6-6, 317 pounds, was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (211th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has played in 72 career games with 11 starts during his career.

Vaughan, 6-0, 225 pounds, was originally signed as a college free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 1, 2009. He has appeared in 16 career games over three seasons, including six games with the Falcons last season.

The Falcons roster now sits at 63 players. As part of the NFL’s mandatory roster cut down, Atlanta will have to trim its roster to 53 players by August 30 and may establish a 10-player practice squad beginning on August 31.


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