Atlanta Falcons: Toone, Joseph signed; Faulcon released

Corey Peters in action here earlier this season against the Detroit Lions. AP

Corey Peters in action last season against the Detroit Lions. AP

In addtion to releasing linebacker Lofa Tatupu, the Falcons signed wide receiver Tim Toone, defensive tackle Elisha Joseph, placed defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot injury) on the active, non-football injury list and waived safety Chad Faulcon on Wednesday.

Toone, who played at Weber State, was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010. He was the last pick in the draft, earning the Mr. Irrelevant tag.

He has spent time on the practice squads in Detroit, Buffalo and Denver.

With Peters expected to miss at least three more weeks with a foot injury, Joseph, who’s 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, was needed for depth. He played at Temple. He’s spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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July 25th, 2012
8:46 pm

Wow.. All that talk of Lofa… and now he’s gone. Welcome to the starting line up Dent.

Flacons never learn

July 25th, 2012
8:51 pm

HAHAHAHA Flacons never learn


July 25th, 2012
9:00 pm

So much for you folks salivating over Faulcon! Like Andrew Brandt says” These rosters are 95% set!” This one is not impressing much in terms of depth!


July 25th, 2012
9:15 pm

Sign Bear Woods to back up Dent


July 25th, 2012
9:17 pm

Sign Bear Woods or trade for Jasper Brinkly to back up Dent


July 25th, 2012
9:36 pm

is Aron White still with the team or has he been released?

old qb

July 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

Hey, Tatupu is gone. So, we get Mike Peterson back. We didn’t bring him back because he’s lost a step, but he was a great warrior when he was a step faster. Steven Nicholas is hurt, but was never mentioned as all-pro even by his closest relatives. If Weatherspoon goes down we need Jesse Tuggle’s phone number. Robert James to step in on this paper-thin linebacker squad. Robert James weighs less than Jaquizz Rogers. Hey, somebody call Keith Brooking.
So, if Akeem Dent isa bust and Nicholas can’t come back we’re going to hear the famous, but no so comforting, “Hey, when someone goes down one of our other guys has to step up”.
The good news is we’re so thin at tight end maybe the fans won’t notice there’s not enough linebackers to fill out the squad.
Fortunately, there are so few injuries in the NFL we may not have to call Tuggle or Brooking this year.
And quit talking about Bear Woods. All he does is work his ass off and make tackles. But he’s already been cut twice and he’s not tall enough or weigh enough–you know, a football player. That doesn’t work in the world of GM and coach egoes.


July 25th, 2012
9:47 pm

Too the falcons nation whoever has the last word on picking these already broken ppplayers need to rethink his futher, each year its the same old thing, you dont see what i see, com on man


July 25th, 2012
10:14 pm

I think I’ll wait to see the scheme before I start worrying about the backup personnel too much… you know other than Left Tackle.


July 25th, 2012
10:15 pm

It’s past time for a lot of backups and practice squad players to either prove they are NFL players in real action or choose a different profession.

explosive safety

July 25th, 2012
10:16 pm

Faulcon was released by the Falcons.


July 25th, 2012
10:22 pm

Sign Keith Brooking to start at MLB as soon as possible……….Dent will learn soooooooo much from Brooking and he is a much better player than Peterson.

I fully expect we will sign a solid LT to start the season (IF a solid LT becomes available prior to game 1 of course!!!)

Big Ray

July 25th, 2012
11:00 pm

It’s kind of ironic because right about the same time Smith was announcing Tatupu will miss the season, New Orleans interim coach Joe Vitt was singing Lofton’s praises to the local media.

“What a great, pleasant surprise this player’s been. He’s just been outstanding,” Vitt said.

I find it hard to believe Lofton’s a surprise. The Saints knew he was pretty good when they signed him. The Falcons also thought Lofton was a good player, but they didn’t want to pay him big money.

Well, when your LB corps is that bad off and Vilma is over the hill (and over the barrel…LOL) then a guy like Lofton looks juicy as hell. Damn, I didn’t know the Saints stunk that bad at LB that they had to be “surprised” by Lofton. What, they don’t remember playing against him (and throwing at will on him)? Well, they’ll remember when we start throwing screens on him on 3rd down…and moving the chains….

Ike jones

July 25th, 2012
11:28 pm

Wow….lifetime Falcon fan but lived in Seattle for 7 years. A) told everyone that Jim Mora hiring would not work out..I was right. So…B) I’ve seen TATUPU play. He was amazing at one time…but always hurt!! C) all of us TRUE FOOTBALL AND ATL FANS…we KNEW,that signing TATUPU in exchange for letting Lofton go..was a horrible MISTAKE!! TD is a very good GM…but REALLY????? You mortgaged the team defense that EVERYONE KNEW WPULD FAIL!!!!


July 25th, 2012
11:46 pm

@old qb are you talkin bout Jessie Tuggle the 47 year old, RETIRED, EX-linebacker? -_-


July 26th, 2012
12:33 am

I hope Lofton is not the Harvey Dahl of this year. The one TD shouldn’t have let go????????? With these guys how can we win the SUPER BOWL???


July 26th, 2012
1:14 am

nash……believe White is still on the foster, for now!

[...] The Falcons waived Chad Faulcon and Lofa Tatupu, signed defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and wide receiver Tim Toone and placed Corey Peters on the active, non-football injury list. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] [...]


July 26th, 2012
9:00 am

You get rid of the guy that was going to replace your leading tackler for the past 3 years, for what reason, I just don’t get it and then you don’t have anyone with experience to replace him. This is the beginning of the downfall of the Falcons. I can’t wait to see Lofton just KILL the Falcons for 2 games this year, my prediction; the Falcons will not make the playoffs, who agrees with me ?


July 26th, 2012
10:37 am

We lost all of our depth because Dimitroff gave away way to many draft picks in his various trading up in the draft over his tenure. I hope he has learned the folly of his way and will think back to how New England hoarded draft picks. We hired him because of his learning under a highly successful program and when he got on his own, he forgot that crucial part of the success of New England. When New England has a starter go down, they plug in a 2nd or 3rd round draft choice from their system. We sign a free agent that is out of football at the time. Not smart, not smart at all.


July 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

Better Tatupu gone now than later, His body simply will not hold up. With two years spent without playing live football I think his career is over……


July 26th, 2012
5:56 pm

I will be patient and see what the final product looks like before I push any panic button. We lost a player to injury and he will not be the last. And if I hear one more comment about bringing back Brooking, I will puke.


July 26th, 2012
9:52 pm

Atlanta has no options for good LB depth or a quality LT to bring in besides Marcus McNeil. He is still worth bringing in cause he has the chance to suceed but the falcons gotta wait till teasm start trimming the roster.


July 26th, 2012
10:06 pm

sign Crowder now!


July 26th, 2012
11:09 pm

Signing Lofa Tatupu made absolutely no sense as he was already a worn out horse. I don’t understand why Atlanta has to go immediately into “desperate mode” and bring back Peters who had already slowed down. There are some good linebackers out there that we could have had for little or nothing. I don’t understand how the offense could be built so strong and the defense left so full of holes. What gives?