Day two of XFINITY® Atlanta Falcons Training Camp was just as productive and intense as Friday's practice and that should surprise nobody. The entire team is approaching the 2014 season filled with optimism and high expectations, including the six latest players who were signed by the club.
1. T.J. Yates: The Marietta, Ga., native joined the Falcons via trade with the team that drafted him in 2011, the Houston Texans. Serving primarily as a backup QB in Houston, Yates shined in clutch situations, including a Week-14 win in his rookie year, throwing for 300 yards and two TDs to clinch the AFC South Division. He's a true "locker-room guy," who adds experience and insight at the QB position.
"I'm super excited," Yates said of joining the Falcons. "I grew up a Falcons fan, when I was here, and it's kind of like a dream come true, coming back here; getting the opportunity to play for the Falcons and learn from Matt Ryan and come into an offense like this is a big opportunity for me."
2. Pat Angerer: One of the team's newest additions, signed by the team on Tuesday, Angerer brings a resume that includes 54 games with the Indianapolis Colts (39 starts), totaling 327 tackles (194 solo), 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defensed. His motivation to excel in Atlanta will only fuel the competitive fire that already exists within the team's LBs group.
"I look forward of taking advantage of the opportunity to be here," Angerer said. "You're out there with good guys, who know what's going on and that makes it a lot easier. This is a good defense and I look forward to learning more. Everybody is great here and we're all learning from each other."
3. Jeremy Ebert: The former seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft, Ebert spent the 2013 season in Jacksonville, before signing with the Falcons, earlier this week. Prior to the NFL, he recorded 173-career receptions for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns at Northwestern. He'll continue to get his chances to prove his skills in camp, against a talented Falcons secondary.
"It's an honor to be here," Ebert said. "It's a great organization, a great team, so I'm just happy to come here and I'm ready to work. I'm going to learn all I can and try to make my mark on special teams and just find a way on the field, anywhere that there is."
2014 XFINITY Atlanta Falcons Training Camp practice 2 began with Falcon Walk, where fans had an opportunity to high-five some of their favorite players as they walked onto the field as part of Youth Weekend.
4. Courtney Roby: Despite not playing in 2013, Roby brings a wealth of experience to the Falcons WRs group, having played 88 games in seven seasons, including six starts, totaling 25 receptions for 332 yards and one touchdown. The former special teams captain for the New Orleans Saints (2011-2012) is hoping for an opportunity to help the Falcons in 2014, especially against his old team in Week 1 of the regular season.
"It feels good," Roby said about joining the Falcons. "We have a great team and I'm just looking forward to coming out here and doing what I can to make this team a better team by contributing and helping out wherever possible."
5. Tim Dobbins: Signed in the offseason, following a three-year career with the Houston Texans, where he logged 110 games (22 starts) and 253 tackles, Dobbins is ready for a new opportunity in 2014.
"My focus is just doing whatever the team needs me to do," Dobbins said. "Regardless if it's special teams, defense, whatever it is, to do whatever is asked of me and do it at a high level."
6. Jabin Sambrano: The 5-11, 190 pound WR signed with the team one day after it waived WR Darius Johnson. He participated in his first practice with the Falcons on Saturday and looked to fit right in with the receiving corps. Sambrano started for three seasons at Montana and totaled 1,787-career receiving yards.