Tuimaunei signed to practice squad

S.C. State safety Raefel Bush delivering a shot against Clemson. Bush is from the same school that produced former Steelers great Donnie Shell (1970-73).

S.C. State safety Raefel Bush delivering a shot against Clemson. Bush is from the same school that produced former Steelers great Donnie Shell (1970-73).

UPDATE

Safety Suaesi Tuimaunei, a safety , was signed to the practice squad by the Falcons on Tuesday.

Tuimaunei, 6-1, 205 pounds, played at Oregon State and was the Beavers second leading tackler with 85 tackles (53 solo), five tackles for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles.

Originally from Laie, Hawaii, Tuimaunei  was in training camp in 2011 with the Falcons before being waived.

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Defensive back Rafael Bush was signed by the Denver Broncos off the Falcons practice squad on Monday.

Bush was originally signed as a safety, but saw time during training camp at nickel back. He was the longshot candidate in the competition with Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks.

He was released on Sept. 3 and then re-signed to the practice squad  on Sept. 4

Bush was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from South Carolina State after the 2010 draft.

Bush gives the Broncos depth at a position where veteran Brian Dawkins is returning from a neck injury and the rookie tandem of Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter struggled with their tackling in the team’s most recent loss to San Diego, according to the Denver Post.

Last season, the Falcons promoted Bush from the practice squad to the roster in December. A roster spot became available when safety Shann Schillinger, who was playing on special teams, was placed on injured reserved with a fractured ankle.

Bush, 5-11, 195 pounds, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State by the Falcons after the 2010 NFL Draft on April 26, 2010.

Bush was voted the S.C. State’s most valuable player as a senior after finishing the season with 54 tackles and three touchdowns. Following his collegiate career, was named to the South Carolina State All-Decade Team after making 222 career tackles.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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36 comments Add your comment

Ron Mexico

October 18th, 2011
7:44 am

Good luck son. It’s good to be first in life.

CGD..

October 18th, 2011
8:00 am

ozone therapy will help you Ron with that nagging virus…

CGD..

October 18th, 2011
8:00 am

10 ta go @ 3-3

jj

October 18th, 2011
8:07 am

Great opportunity…enjoy a great city!

Cal

October 18th, 2011
8:21 am

Do the falcons get any compensation from the Broncos signing Bush off their practice quad?

Rupe

October 18th, 2011
8:39 am

Hate to see him go, but it’s a great opportunity.
Go and continue to represent the SC State Bulldogs and the MEAC!

Rupe

October 18th, 2011
8:41 am

BTW way D Led…… Happy Homecoming…..Go Bison!

rick

October 18th, 2011
9:11 am

D Led, I have not heard Franks name called lately. Is he injured or did they release him

Samuel

October 18th, 2011
9:15 am

If he were all that, he wouldn’t have been on the practice squad. got to go, got to go………

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 18th, 2011
9:18 am

rick — Franks is playing on special teams.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 18th, 2011
9:18 am

Rupe — Thanks!! Same to you!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 18th, 2011
9:19 am

Cal — Falcons the do not receive any compensation from Denver for a practice squad signing.

rick

October 18th, 2011
9:43 am

tks D-Led, your my #1 source to the Falcons in Virginia!!!

Say It Aint So

October 18th, 2011
9:45 am

D Led, how does this affect our depth at DB by loosing Bush?

CGD..

October 18th, 2011
10:02 am

D Led, will the Mr. Jones be ready to go on this Sunday to help this “Explosive” offense?

Matt 1.0 (Decent Arm) vs. Matt 2.0 (Great Arm) (Former UGA Great)! Who will get the win? My DVR will be ready for the task to break down the film…..lol

Bluto

October 18th, 2011
11:29 am

Former UGA great? What great games did he win?

SimpleDawg

October 18th, 2011
11:39 am

It could be fugly in Detroit this weekend. Stafford and the Lions offense had a bad game this past weekend, and the defense failed to stop the game winning drive.

Matty better have his chin strap tight…..It could get rough. The Falcons defense is in for a difficult afternoon.

I hope the Falcons are up to the challenge.

fan

October 18th, 2011
11:49 am

The falcons would not been the worst team in the league in third down eff. (49%)if they would play more man to man coverage and stop that soft zone BS. You pressure the QB. QB’s in the NFL, even a rookie will pick you apart, if you give them time.

3rd down efficiency is overrated

October 18th, 2011
11:50 am

D-Led, saw your post about 3rd down efficiency…I think that is such a misleading and overrated stat. Carolina was 8 of 12–yet they lost! Falcons are last in the league–yet they are 3-3! So presumably the winless Dolphins and 1 win Rams are better on 3rd down than ATL…big deal. I think red zone efficiency is a much better indicator of a team’s success. Just sayin’

Section 121

October 18th, 2011
11:53 am

The falcons should be able to beat Detroit, Best will probably be out with that concussion which eliminates the run game and he is a danger to catch a pass and take it the distance, we should double cover Johnson( the former GT star) he will get his stats but we cant let him get loose for big plays. We need to keep the ball out of Staffords hands as much as possible by using all 3 of our backs and keeping them off balance with our passing game. Then we need to be solid on special teams and we can get to 4-3. RISE UP

rock

October 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

The Falcons’ 3rd down efficiency is one of several indicates on how teams are taking advantage of the Falcons porous defense.

tyrus

October 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

Enter Hey D_Led you why isn”t frank seeing the field on defense?/ comments here

yeahsure

October 18th, 2011
2:11 pm

I want to see Franks get a shot at returning kicks. Even though there have only been a few opportunities, I havent seen Weems do much. If HD is back at 100%, do we risk him returning punts? Special Teams needs a boost.

Pauls Johnson

October 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

I agree with yeasure,, Franks looked good in preseason on the return teams.. Weems call too many fair catches….

Elvis

October 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

WE can beat these guys. Rattle Stafford and make him throw it under pressure….NO STUPID PENALTIES!!! Yes that means you Roddy. Run it down their throats in the no huddle start off with a 2 tight end set, use Quizz and Ovie just like we did against Carolina.

Rev Blake

October 18th, 2011
3:50 pm

Concerning the article on third down efficiency (lack therof). VanGorder fans – I’m very sorry, but he’s the problem.

terrell

October 18th, 2011
4:35 pm

Cant be too good if he got beat out by Owens. PERIOD! But then again, TD handpicked Owens, so he had the upper hand. GM’s take a while before they admit a mistake.

Kashi

October 18th, 2011
4:56 pm

Don’t know where to post this but ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT DUNTE ROBINSION can’t stop CAM NEWTON from dirty bird dance? Watch this video at 9 sec. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMemOEFVgeM&feature=related Ask this punk to cut his hair and maybe he won’t get scare to take down any QB.

terrell

October 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

This just in: Dunte sux. Btw, that wasnt the dirty bird dance. That was Primetime’s dance. You must be a youngin. lol

Andy

October 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

Wow, possible TWO First Round-Picks for Carson Palmer. Maybe we should trade Matt Ryan for Three-Four First round picks. Matt Ryan is good, but not elite. He seems unconfortable throwing the long ball. If Aaron Rodgers had our offensive weapons, Super Bowl every year! We should start over in the draft….

BullSnickins

October 18th, 2011
6:41 pm

Mike Smith is an old school HC and only believes in playing veterans and top draft picks. The only reason Grimes was given a chance is because the CBs they had stunk up the place. Now Raphael will have success in Denver while we still have the likes of Decoud.

BullSnickins

October 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

If Smitty wants to solve the 3rd down problems he needs to takeover the play calling. But hey, wait a minute…Mike Smith was at the middle to bottom of the league when he was Jacksonville’s DC…so there goes that thought. BVG=Smitty as DC

MaxxFalcon

October 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

I would have much rather seen us keep Bush and put Schillinger on the practice squad, this smells like Charlie Peprah all over again…Tuimanei could end up being a good player though, I like this signing

CGD..

October 18th, 2011
11:23 pm

prediction: 0-3 playoff run for Coach Clean Shot if he gets in?

falconHapeville

October 19th, 2011
9:18 am

Hey Good for you Bushy boy…to be on the roster and make your own name in Nfl that is a sleeper Denver just found one.

tidog

October 19th, 2011
1:15 pm

I said it before, Bush’s development at stong safety was handicapped, hampered, sabotaged ( you pick a word) when the coaches gave the guy nickel back time in camp and preseason. Falcons may not regret the his departure but he’ll prove all he needed was a fair look while with them.