Former Tech star Kevin Cone added to 53-man roster

FLOWERY BRANCH — Former Georgia Tech standout Kevin Cone, who’s been on the Falcons’ practice squad, was added to the 53-man roster on Wednesday.

Also, linebacker Robert James was added to the roster. The Falcons had room after placing linebacker Mike Peterson (torn tricep) and cornerback Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe/turf toe) on injured reserved.

The Falcons also added linebacker Matt Hansen to the practice squad. He played strong safety while he was with the team in training camp, but he was a linebacker in college at Rhode Island.  

Cone was late to football. He didn’t start playing until his junior year at St. Pius X. He started his college career at Shorter College before transferring to Georgia Tech.

He also played basketball and ran track in high school.

Cone is probably the only wide receiver with just five catches during his senior season, who is on an NFL roster. He drew raves for his blocking in Tech’s vaunted triple-option attack.

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Kramer

December 28th, 2011
4:10 pm

Hate to lose Peterson.

Falconbikerdude

December 28th, 2011
4:20 pm

Peterson is a huge loss!! Get well Mike! Be ready next year!!

Dirty Bird Nation

December 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Will UGA’s Akeem Dent see in playing time @Linebacker. Peterson didn’t do anything against NO on Monday and Dent should have started that game.

the real Old Gold

December 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Cone is a worker. TO receivers can’t make it in the NFL. There’s also a 1st Round WR in Denver but I can’t remember where he played his college ball.

Dirty Bird Nation

December 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

Ball Coach

December 28th, 2011
4:35 pm

Hard work pays off Kevin Cone. Congrats

DesignerJacket

December 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

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DesignerJacket

December 28th, 2011
4:46 pm

He wasn’t even Tech’s featured receiver. He played (and when I say played I mean he was a downfield blocker) in the shadow of D Thomas and Stephen Hill. Anyone still believe triple option receivers can’t make it in the NFL? Also, he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. What a class act!

Mike Lum

December 28th, 2011
4:47 pm

Funny how catching five passes makes Cone a “standout”.

Ball Coach

December 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

If you caught a pass in the Triple Option, you are a superstar! Especially when the wounded duck took flight.

DesignerJacket

December 28th, 2011
4:54 pm

He was never a standout except for his blocking. But it’s great to see him chasing his dreams. Shows his work ethic!

Go Jackets!

Falcons4Eva

December 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

Matt Hansen are you kidding me? ? ? ?

Expecting a linebacker from Rhode Island (of all places) to help our team at this juncture of the season is lot like expecting a one-legged man to help you in a 2-man azzzz kicking contest.

What is this team doing?

Ball Coach

December 28th, 2011
4:56 pm

Could be a lot of standouts in the Tech system when you only attempt to pass 3 or 4 times a game. Jerry Rice could be hiding in there!

Sausage King of Chicago

December 28th, 2011
5:08 pm

Finally learned that Cone is a wide receiver in paragraph six?

captain ATL

December 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

Cone can fly. He might be the fastest player on the roster. My guess is he was added to the roster out of fear of being swooped up off the practice squad by the 49ers after releasing Braylon Edwards today. Cone can definetly stretch the defense and occupy the safety.

hiramsaint

December 28th, 2011
5:20 pm

scrapin’ the barrel for players going into the post season. reminds me of a team last year and we know what happened to them

jalex49

December 28th, 2011
5:23 pm

When the play off’s start it really doesn’t matter what your record is.. it’s how bad do want to be in the Super Bowl and are you tired of being the sport’s media lap dog?

What happened this past weekend is over ! Do I honestly think that New Orleans is that much better than the Falcons? No, but in that game on that Monday night, their team was without a doubt the best!

Being an Atlanta fan, I really hate having to admit that, but what was witnessed last Monday night was coming for some time. The Falcons never did go after any top DE’s or RB’s that could have helped their team and New Orleans did and it showed.

I am hoping Atlanta’s idea of just building thru the draft will take a back seat and they will build thru the NFL Free Agency until they have acquired quality and productive veterans. This would allow Atlanta to be a top tier team, if done correctly and allow drafted rookies time to develop.

If what I am saying is foreign to some, then look at all the DE’s that were free agents this past year and their productive with other teams, that Atlanta passed on. It’s amazing!!!!

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
5:57 pm

The Tampa game Sunday would be a good test for some of the young new blood to really see what they got because the Bucs will be playing all out to win the game but the way the Falcons handled their business MNF I would go ahead and let the Starters play and get them going again because they surely wasn’t ready to play on Primetime !

Me Too

December 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

CONE? Just what the Falcons need – another blocker!!! The Falcons need some people who can get into the end zone.

Mr. SaintsFan Jr.

December 28th, 2011
6:04 pm

@Jalex49, Sir, Do you realize that we are a better team than your Falcon team? For one, we are 2 years removed from a Superbowl apperance and win, two, we are 12- 4 this year and swept your team this year, thirdly, we took the division title back.

bird

December 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

Its just depth fella’s. Cone will not play a down, well maybe kick-off but that’s about it.

SeenThis B4

December 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

I’m watching Monday’s game on DVR and it’s definitely a great watch on tv, not as emotional as being there, but just as riveting! G E A U X. S A I N T S !!!

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
6:16 pm

one for the trophy case I am sure^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^….lol

Marco Polo

December 28th, 2011
6:21 pm

“For one, we are 2 years removed from a Superbowl apperance”

A typical Saints d o u c h e. You guys win once then bandwagon fans jump on board by the thousands and you put yourselves in the same circle as the Packers, Steelers, and Cowboys. And 1 Super Bowl win doesn’t cancel out the 40+ of mediocrity (and saying NO was mediocre then is being very generous) that is associated with that team pre 2009. I don’t like the Falcons either, but for cripes sake you guys are delusional….and this is coming from a Packers fan.

Firsttimer

December 28th, 2011
6:40 pm

Thank you Marco Polo. The Aints fans are delusional to get on this blog and talk as if they have a winning history and tradition. You are one Brees injury away from showing your true colors. Your team is good but there is no winning heritage there so get over yourselves. Atl wouldn’t it be great if we went back down to that swamp hole in two weeks and sent the Aints packing for the year. An appropriate end for Seen, Hiram and all the other Aint jerks. If you think you are hoisting the Lombardi trophy then think again. Until you beat the world champs you have not accomplished anything.

SeenThis B4

December 28th, 2011
6:44 pm

The Saints plan on beating the former world champs, assumming they themselves make it to the conference title game.

SeenThis B4

December 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

And someone is delusional in thinking that former winning history will dictate this year’s results. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, and the Saints will finish strong, very strong.

Big O

December 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

Ball Coach, right on! It’s good to see one or two comments on this blog having football savvy; and, doesn’t equate knowledge as being directly proportional to the size of your mouth.

tidog

December 28th, 2011
6:53 pm

It’s time to cut the Kerry Meier cord after the season ends. The Smith regime cut Laurent Robinson because he couldn’t stay healthy. A bad move but the move was made so now move on from Meier.

Preston Thompson

December 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

Folks, make no mistake. I’m a Falcon fan for the best part of 50 years, but don’t ever think Brees takes a backseat to any quarterback in the league. The man is good. Just plain good. And the best part with him, when he gets bumped, he don’t fall down. Like a certain other QB I can think of.

TheWad

December 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

Sorry fellow Falcons fans but these birds hardly stand a chance against NO, NE, GB, PITT, ….only SF is beatable with this crew. We don`t have the O line or D line to beat anybody. Not mention a running back that could beat me down field. Look at the best teams we played and they shut down Turner after the first two series of the game every time. And notice that all the teams listed above have rotating RB`s with barely any dropoff in production. We use a guy who has lost a step he never had in the first place. Time to look at the draft and Free Agents for next year. Don`t say the darft is wasted, NE has always drafted low and put together SB teams so it can be done.

All I remember is

December 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

Cone can BLOCK.

All I remember is

December 28th, 2011
6:58 pm

matty ice needs some blockers.

Mr. Panic Button

December 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

I hope they’re bringing on to replace Weems sorry butt as a punt returner.

Larry

December 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

Saints Fans,

Your team is better than ours this regular season and you have two (one very convincing) wins over us to prove it!

However, after this weekend the new season starts…hope to see you again soon!

tidog

December 28th, 2011
7:02 pm

Anybody can be beat on any day in the league. The top teams just don’t imtimadate and dominate the teams below their level of play.

wo

December 28th, 2011
7:06 pm

if Cone plays then and only then will I cheer for the birds

Larry

December 28th, 2011
7:06 pm

tidog,

Agreed!

One word: Seattle

Firsttimer

December 28th, 2011
7:27 pm

the old addage is dome teams do not fair well in cold weather. Aints could not beat Green Bay at Lambeau in September and diffucult to believe they can beat them in January. Coupled with the fact that the Aints are an average road team.

hiramsaint

December 28th, 2011
7:37 pm

since we won on the road against the failclowns -what does that make your team –DOUBLE BAM– truly you are a firstimer

Ball Coach

December 28th, 2011
7:57 pm

A real fan supports the decisions made by the organization. They see what goes on everyday. But in this world of fantasy football, every “article reading” person thinks they are the next Vince Lombardi. Congratulate the players that made it to the “Big Show”. They spent a lot of time and effort to get there. Maybe it will all work out for the good of the team. Think “positive”. Negative energy will get you a spot on the comment bench! haha

Michael M.

December 28th, 2011
8:06 pm

I would love to see The Falcons go back down there to that slum dog City and cram a Dawg Turd down their throats just to shut-up these so called Saints fans that can do nothing but just keep on rubbing it in and not knowing when to just shut-up about it and at least show some sort of respect toward the other Team’s Fans and most especially on the Atlanta Falcon’s Sports sites. So shaddup about it now cause we already know and no need just to keep on with the crap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hind tit

December 28th, 2011
8:48 pm

How much difference would Peppers have made on this defense? I’ll say at lest two more wins maybe more.

CONE HEAD SHOP

December 28th, 2011
9:05 pm

Cone has a better chance of catching a cold as he does a pass with the Falcons. Weak.
Matt Hansen? Weaker.

saintbim

December 28th, 2011
9:08 pm

Give some respect and you will recieve some respect. Interesting to read all your comments about your team.

saintbim

December 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

Your problem is upstairs. Not your players.

CONE HEAD SHOP

December 28th, 2011
9:11 pm

Saintpimp, must be boring on Alcoholic avenue.

saintbim

December 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

conedip; my avenue is a lot better off than yours. I live in north Louisiana, although New Orleans is a beautiful city.

Joe

December 28th, 2011
9:15 pm

Cone will make his prescence felt. He will be a hall of famer. He’s getting his opportunity and he’s about to make the best of it. He’ll be our 3rd receiver before long! Watch this!

CONE HEAD SHOP

December 28th, 2011
9:22 pm

Saintpimp, nobody gives a rats azz where you live or about cesspool Orleans. Conedip this.