John Parker Wilson added to active roster; Powell released

Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson was signed to the active roster today after the Minnesota Vikings tried to snatch him off the practice squad. Curtis Compton/

Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson was signed to the active roster today after the Minnesota Vikings tried to snatch him off the practice squad. Curtis Compton/

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons released defensive tackle Carlton Powell and added quarterback John Parker Wilson to the active roster on Friday.

The Vikings, who released Donovan McNabb yesterday, tried to sign Parker Wilson off the Falcons’ practice squad.

Also, running back Michael Turner and Julio Jones practiced today.

We’ll have the full injury report posted shortly after 4 p.m.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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December 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Will they still target him?


December 2nd, 2011
1:39 pm

The Falcons are probably planning to trade Wilson, with all the QB’s in the league coming down with injuries and the ineffective play of others, there seems to be a market for young QB talent. Could sure use some more draft choices in the upcoming draft. I doubt he will ever play for the Falcons.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 2nd, 2011
1:39 pm

Matt — Not sure. Don’t think so. Perhaps after the season.


December 2nd, 2011
1:47 pm

Falcons must feel like this kid can take over for Redman next yr.


December 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

Good move, keeping our guys in-house. We should have done the same with Dmitri Nance last year. Hope Powell clears waivers and makes it onto the practice squad.


December 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

Frazier needs to man up… Ponder and Wilson? That sounds like the stupidity that got Brian Billick run out of Baltimore… Leslie, don’t let Musgrave get you fired!!!

Die Hard Falcon

December 2nd, 2011
2:04 pm

Well hopefully we’ll be able to get something for him if he’s trade bait. If I recall we signed him as an undrafted rookie FA. If we can get a 5 or above, that’s a good move for us. Most likely I assume we’re just grooming him and plan to have him move into Matty’s back up in the next year or so and put Redman out to pasture or trade him, he’s been solid in the action he saw in 2009.

D Money

December 2nd, 2011
2:05 pm

@ Rikus…I don’t think they want Nance. He’s a free agent now and they had a chance to pick him up. I forgot who they chose instead, I think a back-up o-lineman that’s no longer on the squad


December 2nd, 2011
2:20 pm

Is Chris Redman retiring next year? If so we definitely don’t need to let go of JPW…we need at least one more QB here who knows our offensive system in case Ryan goes down. If Redman is no longer with the team next year they need to either 1 draft another developmental QB or get an established quality backup QB. As evident by the misfortunes of Houston and or Chicago…you are 1 snap away from having your season ruined if Matt Ryan goes down!

joe white

December 2nd, 2011
3:10 pm

Trade him and get some picks for the draft.

Tony Tiger

December 2nd, 2011
3:19 pm

LOL, look at the picture above. He’s throwing the football backwards. Haha…

Tony Tiger

December 2nd, 2011
3:22 pm

Donovan McNabb wasn’t released by the Vikings. He was released from prison. ;)


December 2nd, 2011
3:46 pm

How did Turner look in practice today…will Rodgers start if he is unable to go or will we go with Snelling….

Atlanta Jones11

December 2nd, 2011
3:50 pm

@TonyTiger bad snap by the center, but JP as a good grip on it

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December 2nd, 2011
7:00 pm

Why? Beside being a prototype physical quarterback in teams of height, weight, (should, I say hair & eye color) and great college record, this guy is developmental at best, not roster spot worthy.
He can not play special teams, and how many clip board holders do you need ?

Bipolar Bird

December 3rd, 2011
12:58 am

Hehehe John Parker Wilson would be fit for the Vikings….yeah?


December 3rd, 2011
1:31 am

I hope JPW is trade bait for next season. We can’t afford to lose him now.
What we need in the back up role to MR2 is a dual threat QB. A change of pace passer/runner who will give DCs another element to prepare for.
Dimitroff, Smitty and Mularkey are you feeling me man?

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