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Falcons sign sixth round pick Schillinger


Flowery Branch, Ga.-- If you're scoring at home, the Falcons are already batting nearly .300.

We haven't yet reached the summer solstice, and the club has signed 2 of its 7 2010 NFL Draft choices.

Today the club agreed to terms with sixth-round safety Shann Schillinger of Montana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a separate move, the Falcons also waived quarterback Eric Ward, who they had signed on May 10.

Schillinger, 6-0, 200 pounds, participated in 57 career games at the University of Montana. During his four-year career with the Grizzlies he tallied 255 tackles, 19 passes defensed and 10 interceptions. In 2009, Schillinger competed in 15 games and collared 90 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed while assisting in Montana reaching the NCAA Division I National Championship game.

During the 2008 season, he started all 16 games and was Montana's second leading tackler with a career-high 108 stops. He added 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four interceptions, while garnering a second-team All-Big Sky selection. Schillinger was also the recipient of the school's Tony Barbour Award for the player who best exemplifies Grizzly football his junior season.

In a recent expose, Schillinger spoke of his small-town values and work ethic, as well as the experience of living in a big city for the first time.

Ward, 6-2, 213 pounds, was originally signed on May 10 as a college free agent from the University of Richmond. Ward inked his deal shortly after attending the Falcons' four-day May Mini Camp as a tryout player. The Atlanta native attended Southwest Dekalb High School and as a senior earned first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-region honors.

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