Falcons sign TE Marquez Branson to practice squad

Marquez Branson (85) caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in front of Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett (49) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, while a member of the  Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

Marquez Branson (85) caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in front of Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett (49) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, while a member of the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed tight end Marquez Branson to the practice squad and placed tight end Robbie Agnone on injured reserve with a foot injury today.

Branson, 6-3, 247 pounds, was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft.

Branson spent his rookie season on the Broncos practice squad after playing in 23 games in two seasons at Central Arkansas.
The Starkville, Mississippi native totaled 82 career receptions for 1,236 yards (15.1 avg.) while at Central Arkansas. His 18 touchdowns ranked fifth in school history and in his senior season he posted 45 catches for 737 yards and 11 touchdowns, which earned him All

Tight end Robbie Agnone making a catch at for the Delaware Blue Hens.

Tight end Robbie Agnone making a catch at for the Delaware Blue Hens.

Southland Conference honors.

Agnone, 6-6, 260 pounds, was injured in practice on Wednesday. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2009. The Falcons signed him on July 31, 2010 after spending the 2009 season on the New England Patriots practice squad. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad after being waived as part of the final roster cut downs.

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Camaro Bob

October 28th, 2010
2:06 pm

Camaro Bob

October 28th, 2010
2:09 pm

I bet the Falcons R thinging this Brunsan guy can take Tony G place on the rooster next year.

Marcus

October 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

OK, I understand the TE prospects for 2011 are slim ……. I hope we have our TE-of-the-future already on the roster.

Marcus

October 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

I lament that we didn’t snag the TE from Wisconsin in 2009 or either of the 2 TEs that NE snagged this year (Hernandez and Gronkowski?)

Camaro Bob

October 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

All I can thing of is the Falcons R not happy with Tony G or thye feel his is over the hill.

Rob

October 28th, 2010
3:10 pm

Camaro Bob – Are you joking? The Falcons signed this TE to replace a practice squad TE (Robbie Agnone). Gonzalez might play for the Falcons again next year if we win some playoff games. Gonzalez has never won a playoff game.

spectator

October 28th, 2010
3:14 pm

Keep up people…Justin Peele is out for several weeks and the Falcons only have two tight ends on the roster. They need to keep a TE on the practice squad in case of another injury. This is their “tight end of the future”? Not even close.

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Kurt

October 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

MIchael Palmer is the tight end of the future for the Falcons. I believe the sky is the limit for him. Great size. Great hands. Hard worker. Hometown boy. And to think, he wasn’t even drafted. I just wish they would start using him a little more on Sundays this season.

realbirdofprey

October 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

Speaking of injuries how are weatherspoon,robinson,and decoud doing?

William

October 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Tony Gonzalez is a great TE, no matter what the age. Gonzalez is a pro’s pro. Now that teams will focus on Roddy, we will see Gonzalez’s stats skyrocket.

Camaro Bob

October 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Tony G hasnt looked 2 good latey. I think his age is catchin up 2 him.

SirReal

October 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

@Marcus Dont worry. Dimitroff can trade for Hernandez or Gronkowski one day.LOL We know how much he still has ties to the Pats.
@Camaro Bob I dont think he’s slowed down that much. We havent seen much of him b/c Ryan may finally be figuring out that he has another target besides Tony. I dont believe they think he’s over hill….they just understand that he has more football years behind him than in front of him.

cejay

October 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

camaro boob (Joe Tess) you have no idea what you’re talking about. Tony’s nowhere near done…..move on.

Falcon Jim

October 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

Camaro Bob, I know you are a great sage and prognosticator of football. All of us bow down to you. So we all hope you are not right about T.G. However, considering your brilliance, this obviously could be a problem.

coachx

October 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

This move is being made b/c of the Peele injury…. not to be the future replacement to TG you idiots !

Falcon Jim

October 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

Calm down coach. We don’t want to call names. We all know what a genius Camaro Bob is. How many times did his forecast seem so outlandish, and it turns out he is right? Have we not SeenThisB4?

Row3

October 28th, 2010
5:01 pm

He made the rooster, That’s Hilarious!

Falconrich

October 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

Yeah, we brought this second year practice squad player in to replace our current Hall of Fame tight end. Where’d they find you?

Falster

October 28th, 2010
5:16 pm

They are only “temporarily” covering a position which was “temporarily” taken out by an injury. We have seen our future and his name is… http://www.atlantafalcons.com/roster-players/michael-palmer/

Wash in ATL

October 28th, 2010
5:24 pm

If you guys lose Tony G. you have absolutely nothing behind him, at least if Cooley goes down we can plug Fred Davis in & not miss a beat. Same thing if you lose Roddy White, Dimitroff is a joke as a GM haha lol !!!!

Frozen Rope

October 28th, 2010
5:35 pm

THE ROOSTER!!! Bwahahahahahaha

Frozen Rope

October 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

Actually i’m shocked he spelled FIRST correctly,,,

Samuel

October 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

Thanks coachx for stating what the real deal is.Tony G can play another two or three years. Dudes on a serious diet. Palmer is the future. Some of these guys don’t need to blog. They are not well informed.

Frozen Rope

October 28th, 2010
5:43 pm

Hey Wash in ATL, how does it feel to be a total moron,,,,

JONESBORO SLIM

October 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

@Wash in ATL
Where do you get off talking about our team…and you have an owner who has tried for sometime to buy a championship….then you’ll come back on us…”well we’ve got rings”…the last time the Skins won rings was when the stones were made of glass…..and yes if we lose key players we would be in bad shape…but any team would be for that matter…ask New Orleans…..So get off it with those “silly” comments…..P.S. “I know who you really are”

Sid

October 28th, 2010
6:06 pm

Hey guys, Gonz will decide when he is done, he is a Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, he’ll let us know.

Sid

October 28th, 2010
6:28 pm

Vote for Ryan and Turner, Fed Ex voting is still open!! l

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pritdapit

October 28th, 2010
6:42 pm

Seen please keep changing names and posting its hilArious!!!!

stendek

October 28th, 2010
6:58 pm

Good! Bench Tony Gonzalez NOW!!

What an oxygen waste and piece of bullshet!!!

JONESBORO SLIM

October 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

@stendek

So whats your reason to bench him?

JONESBORO SLIM

October 28th, 2010
7:04 pm

@stendek

You must be referring to a high school player with the same name….huh?

Sid

October 28th, 2010
7:19 pm

Wash in ATL, in a previous post you said the following:

Wash in ATL October 27th, 2010 1:11 pm

Sid are you ok, WTH does 4th down conversions prove that your developing QB can’t move the ball on the first 3 downs, & that he’s having trouble executing the gameplan WOW great observation !!!!!
*****************************************************************************

I have been out of pocket since then and wanted to respond with some more stats, not that I think you will be able to comprehend it but it is speaks for itself except, of course, in your case.

Atlanta is #1 in 3rd down conversions

The Redskins are 31st

Well…………………………………..Bye!

JONESBORO SLIM

October 28th, 2010
7:28 pm

And with that GREAT respond I bid you all…… Good Night

Sid

October 28th, 2010
7:39 pm

Sid ……………………out

Falcon Jim

October 28th, 2010
7:42 pm

Sid, as usual you blew this neanderfrock out of the water. Kudos to you, my friend.

Tom Pridemore was tuff

October 28th, 2010
7:44 pm

Sid…I did…thanks for posting that…(although McFadden will win the RB poll) He was on Fantasy team last year….can you say B-U-S-T…

tr

October 28th, 2010
8:11 pm

Throw it to Palmer some more!

Falcon Jim

October 28th, 2010
9:39 pm

tr

I’m with you. Palmer came into the season on the starting roster as the 3rd string T.E.
Now Peele goes down, so Palmer is now Second string. We bring a guy in to the practice squad as an (emergency, forbid) third stringer. What is so hard to understand?

The little we have seen of Palmer was impressive.

F.J.

N

October 28th, 2010
10:11 pm

So, I guess the take away from this is that they REALLY didn’t like what Colin Peek showed them in preseason? I thought they would have brought him back, and would have liked to see him get the shot. Any inside info DOL?

Falcon Jim

October 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

Good question.

Dennis

October 28th, 2010
11:57 pm

Camaro Bob – back away from that bottle, especially on Sundays. It’s affecting your vision. And maybe your typing, too. Just a smidgeon. :-)

mo's gator s'wich ta geaux

October 29th, 2010
12:09 am

seen. i be haer. waer yo be.

stendek

October 29th, 2010
12:17 am

Were you waiting for a response? I was busy ravaging your wife.

mo's gator s'wich ta geaux

October 29th, 2010
12:18 am

mi restrant es da bist in all da swump. ples cum an viset mi famus gatar snot s’wichs. bist in da warld.

Jedi Falcon

October 29th, 2010
12:24 am

Tony G. is starting to show his wear and tear. He hasnt done much. Time to find his replacement.

Stendek

October 29th, 2010
12:24 am

Or just diddling at the ole P.C.

SeenAfishNaCamaro

October 29th, 2010
12:38 am

Paddy

October 29th, 2010
6:45 am

Joe Tess was a liar!

The Trippmeister

October 29th, 2010
7:01 am

Just a note to everyone – Palmer has been playing a good bit the past two weeks. I have noticed him blocking numerous times. Also, I think Ryan just missed him on a 20-yarder in the Bengal game. I believe Palmer will be the next #1 TE after Gonzalez retires. Of note – Gonzalez will probably play one more year (hopefully the labor situation is resolved).