Dimitri Nance signed off practice squad by Green Bay Packers

Atlanta Falcons running back Dimitri Nance (30) does a little "Dirty Bird" dance in the endzone after scoring a 1-yard touchdown run for a 17-3 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs during 4th quarter action in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons running back Dimitri Nance (30) does a little "Dirty Bird" dance in the endzone after scoring a 1-yard touchdown run for a 17-3 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs during 4th quarter action in the exhibition season opener at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 13, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Running back Dimtri Nance was signed by the Green Bay Packers off the Falcons practice squad on Tuesday.

Nance lost a competition for a roster spot with running back Antone Smith. After clearing waivers, he was signed to the team’s practice squad on Sept. 5.

After playing four years at Arizona State and rushing for 1,934 yards and 19 touchdowns, Nance was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 26

He was an early star of the preseason rushing for two touchdowns in a 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Packers were in the market for running back depth after Ryan Grant suffered a right ankle injury that will cause him to miss the remainder of the 2010 season.

With the open spot, offensive lineman Rob Bruggeman was signed to the practice squad.

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52 comments Add your comment

Sabrina

September 14th, 2010
7:15 pm

We will see if signing up a rookie was a good idea or not.

Charles J.

September 14th, 2010
7:56 pm

Dog, don’t that just beat all. I really wanted him to stick I really like this guy.
Good Luck D. Nance hope it work out for you up their.
Good job D. Led you’ve been working it man. And I know you enjoyed see your son nephew or what ever he is too you winning the starting job last week.

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Ron-NS-Fan

September 14th, 2010
8:03 pm

Good going rookie..Knows when to jump a sinking ship. This offense is offensive..When will they begin to panic 0-3?

Robert

September 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

We like the Atlanta castaways in Green Bay….The last one lasted many years….LOL

Bangkapi Ajarn

September 14th, 2010
8:21 pm

DOL-
Maybe a dumb question that has been answered a gazillion times, but I am still confused:

Do the Falcons get any compensation when another team signs a player from the Falcons practice squad?

Dale

September 14th, 2010
8:52 pm

We are gonna REGRET losing this guy. Mark my words. CRAP!

Geoff D.

September 14th, 2010
9:07 pm

Note to Ted Thompson… Willie Parker is STILL a free agent… and if you want to talk about complimenting 2 bruisers like Jackson and Kuhn, throw in some speed…

tay

September 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

i got faith in tha falcons!!!!!!!!! frist game not to panic YET

Greig

September 14th, 2010
9:35 pm

Packers should have kept Kreg Lumpin he was having a great pre-season at RB. Maybe they could trade with the Bucs to get him back for like a 5th round pick or something?

tom

September 14th, 2010
9:46 pm

Welcome to the Green Bay Packers, this is your opportunity, don’t waste it, we’ve got a great running backs coach

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mark

September 14th, 2010
10:27 pm

bangkapi – no

hiramsaint

September 14th, 2010
10:31 pm

well at least he has a very good chance at a winning season now and after all thats what he probably wanted from the start. well now he gets

FalconFan85

September 14th, 2010
10:33 pm

Great running back gets away……

Hobbler

September 14th, 2010
10:33 pm

Nance should have been on the team and Smith gone. Another dumb Falcon blunder.

Hobbler

September 14th, 2010
10:36 pm

Nance quickness would have won us the game Sunday instead of the slow fat Turner.

ryan

September 14th, 2010
10:37 pm

Didn’t Smith fumble in one game well i guess Nance well win a Super Bowl and we have bags over are heads .

ryan

September 14th, 2010
10:44 pm

Are Atlanta teams really this dumb i guess the ATL will be world champions when hell freezes over .

Trojan Fan

September 14th, 2010
10:57 pm

What a great kid! I’ve known him since 5th grade. Not a harder working player, student, or person. Proof that hard work, focus, and doing things that right way makes a difference!

POLOBOY

September 14th, 2010
11:20 pm

RIGHT THEY SHOULD TRADED SMITH AND KEPT NANCE.

Notgood

September 14th, 2010
11:37 pm

Nance is FRESH LEGS unlike Turner,Norwood,and Antone who?
Bad call Dimitroff. Again. He cant FIND talent. He can only OBSERVE AND BUY talent after its been in the NFL.

This Gets Old!

September 15th, 2010
12:31 am

Funny, all offseason all everybody could write about was how much they trusted TD and MS. Now after one out of conference road loss everybody is bailing. Yeah, some of the preseason problems transferred to the regular season but come on now. The team proved last year that they’re resilient. The season isn’t played out so let’s at least get a bit farther into it and not pull a Michael “the ship be sinking” Richardson.

Having said that…if you can’t throw effectively in today’s NFL, you can’t throw. We knew that you can’t turn it on and off at will but I can’t remember the last time it was turned on.

Packerfan414

September 15th, 2010
12:33 am

So ATL,,, from what I’m reading you guys are saying Nance is pretty good huh??? I was just about to start looking at some video on the net when I found out.

more cowbell

September 15th, 2010
12:44 am

so does this guy have speed??

E

September 15th, 2010
1:19 am

Once again the minor league Falcons give away speed and continues to keep all the TURTLES on the team like Turner, Snelling, Jenkins, etc. Did anybody pay close attention to the young talent Kansas City Chiefs put on the field last night. WOW! When will the Falcons ever get it. The NFL is build on speed not TURTLES or being so loyal to the same old players that does not produce but good at hyping the fans every year by keep say this is the year and no moves are being made but the fans run out and buy tickets to the same old CIRCUS of football clowns that calls themselves PROS.

The TRUTH

September 15th, 2010
1:25 am

No matter how much they try the Falcons organization can not keep trying to fool the fans as if we do not know football as if they are trying to trick us because if they spend the entire offseason working on that same old boring offense and bringing in one player every year we will always wonder what if. It most feel good to be a SAINTS fan to be able to experience a SUPER BOWL WIN…. MAN THAT’S ALL THIS

The TRUTH

September 15th, 2010
1:26 am

continue… CITY

waynelaster

September 15th, 2010
2:19 am

Nance is a sub & he i not going to start in GB. The Packers probally watched him in college; Plus they pass 70% of the time; He is what the roster say he is, a sub lol
We don’t need him& for the band wagon fans. we don’t need you either. 1 game & you panic, oh I fee sorry for the Cardinals.

edog

September 15th, 2010
3:15 am

Does anyone remember Sam Gado? I’m just saying:
On November 13, 2005, Gado started his first NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons. He responded to the challenge with an outstanding performance that instantly turned him into a household name for Packer faithful. Gado rushed 23 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre, as the Packers won 33-25. Gado received the NFL Rookie of Week 10 award for the game. Gado became the first player in NFL history to score three touchdowns on his 23rd birthday.

Whopper Dawg

September 15th, 2010
5:57 am

Good for him, he just moved up in class.

tpay

September 15th, 2010
5:58 am

When you hear the same rhetoric after four pre-season games and the first game of the season, it is not panic. Hearing that we must correct our mistakes thru five games makes one wonder if the mistakes can be corrected with the olayers currently on the roster.

tpay

September 15th, 2010
5:59 am

Correction: Players on the roster

FalconUGAFan

September 15th, 2010
6:06 am

@hiramsaint-Your act is really getting old. No really it is.

Greg

September 15th, 2010
6:20 am

Hobbler was a bit harsh about Turner, but he did look slow and tentative on Sunday. Where was the “explosion” TD is always talking about? I know they weren’t exactly blasting open holes for him, but he seemed to exercise poor judgment in sliding east and west so many times looking for a crease. He should have figured out early on that against a fast defense like Pgh. that just isn’t going to work. I thought that several of his 1-2-yard gains would likely have been 4-yard gains if he had just hit the damn hole with power.

YOOPERBILL

September 15th, 2010
8:49 am

This kid doesnt wear number 4 too does he,the last pickup from the Falcons worked out pretty good,once he learns the playbook and shows what he can do in practice the skies the limit for this kid in GB because Jackson isnt really a starter and never has been,more like a relief pitcher in baseball.and Kuhn is more the fullback type, so the door is wide open if the kid shows speed and some elusiveness,and does not fumble,welcome to the Packers son,one thing is certain for you in GB,you will at least see the playoffs this year and hopefully a Super Bowl.

packers1

September 15th, 2010
9:18 am

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Falcon Law

September 15th, 2010
9:27 am

Everybody please calm down. The Falcons didn’t give away Nance. As far as I know, when you’re on a team’s practice squad, any team can sign you without compensation; that happens all the time. DOL would you confirm this? I love this Nance kid but it is a great opportunity for him, to be on someone’s active roster a get paid well.

On being 0-1, let’s not panic yet, but I’m disturb on how our organization doesn’t realize that most successful teams have 2 to 3 dependable wideouts (i.e. Packers, Vikings, Colts, Ravens, etc…) but yet, we’re hanging on with what we have regardless of the fact that there has been some decent free agents players with decent resumes; Our average starting receiver Jenkins has been hurt but yet the team hasn’t explored other options. Harry Douglas is a decent player at this point of his career but a starter he’s not. Right now he’s an average slot receiver with good speed and agility.

Mike Mularkey is incompetent in my eyes. Not to say that I’d do a better job but even the Bucs (a team in rebuilding mode) aren’t conservative as much as our team is on offense. I’m praying for a playoff berth, but I don’t think even Samuel L. Jackson believes in that RISE UP promo, especially after game 1. I would say this though, it is a long season and I’m not throwing in the towel yet.

Matt Ryan hasn’t totally won me over yet, but I think he has the potential of being a consistent QB. I just wonder those tapes that he spent the offseason studying has done him any good. I could blame everybody from the O Line to the O Coordinator but his game 1 showing reminded me of some first year QB. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and I hope he proves me wrong.

I’m not giving up, just a worried Falcons Fan…

packers1

September 15th, 2010
9:37 am

try this again , in a 16 game schedule anything can happen , when I heard Grant was out for the year ( even though the Pack like alot of other teams are a throw first offense ) it was pretty deflating news , not that Grant is a top level back in this league , but at the least is a durable and reliable back , one of only 2 halfbacks on the Packers roster. Nice to hear good comments from you Falcon fans on Dimitri Nance , can,t wait to see him run !

Green Bay...All Day

September 15th, 2010
9:51 am

ATL…ATL….ATL….when will you learn? We take your rejects and make them STARS! When Grant went down My first though of Tyrell Sutton and letting a good back go. My 2nd thought was Let’s try and get Rashard Choice or M. Lynch…but when i heard Nance was picked up my 1st thought was “this kid was nice” in pre-season! Kinda had that spark like Norwood first showed but a bit more powerful….Dimitri welcome to “God’s Team” and a winning organization!

packers1

September 15th, 2010
9:57 am

Ditto …. Welcome Dimitri !

YOOPERBILL

September 15th, 2010
10:04 am

Come on there GBAD,Gods team? I thought that was reserved for the Cowboys,this is Aaron Rodgers team pure and simple,it is Gods Country though way up North,its even better 190 miles due North of Green Bay.

fedup

September 15th, 2010
11:13 am

yea man nance has explosiveness, what a loss

fedup

September 15th, 2010
11:17 am

what a joke , hookie dope, smith depands improvement, yeah well start with the pathetic coaching himself included.filed goal champ , yeah right, go for those short yardage, or is it that he don’t belive in his team , week coaching staff , time to kick rocks, and quit all the lame excuse we need to improve , get better we are a good team..;; well you got to win and prove that stop settling for we did ok

Frozen Rope

September 15th, 2010
11:32 am

your right Waynelaster,,, The Cardinals are in for a bad day sunday. This Falcons team is pissed. We will dominate sunday..

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marvin

September 15th, 2010
1:24 pm

why didnt the pack pick up willie parker or sumthing god there dum

Season Ticket Holder

September 15th, 2010
2:56 pm

D Nance was one of the few bright spots during the preseason. Another Falcon is off to the Packers to become a star. (Favre)

GT97

September 15th, 2010
3:22 pm

I have been preaching to anyone that will listen since last year that the Falcons need to address the running back position. Norwood should have been traded or cut. He has always ran like a clux nearly tripping over his feet. This guy can not stay on the field nor consistently catch the ball. Some dude made a comment on another post that we did not run screens. Actually on the last Offensive play for ATL , a nice downfield screen for Norwood was set up with a blocker to his left, remember, he dropped the BALL so we never will know if he could have picked up that first down. At least, we would have gained another 10 yards to try and pin them further instead of them having the ball at the 50 after the punter’s worst punt of the day.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 15th, 2010
5:42 pm

Nance should have made the team without having to be placed on the practice squad over Smith and Bergeron is another one that should be on the team as a WR. Instead we have Finneran (who can’t get separation cause he’s so slow) and Jenkins (for every one he catches he’ll drop two)….go figure????