The Falcons signed seven of their practice squad players to reserve/future contracts on Tuesday.
They signed tight end Marquez Branson, center Rob Bruggeman, wide receiver Tim Buckley, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens, wide receiver Andy Strickland and guard Jose Valdez.
The big name in this group is Valdez, who’s been developing nicely according to offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. After two full seasons on the practice squad, he’s expected to make a strong roster bid next season.
Three of the Falcons starting offensive linemen – Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo – are in the final year of their contracts. Depending on the labor negotiations, they all could be free agents of some classification.
Branson and Harvey were the only players that were not on the practice squad for the entire season. Branson was signed on October 28 and Harvey was signed on December 29.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter