Updated: Falcons sign two players, waive two players

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

The Falcons signed two players Saturday adding fullback Lousaka Polite and tight end Chase Coffman to the roster.

The team also waived two local products in tight end Adam Nissley and punter Dawson Zimmerman. Nissley (South Forsyth High) was injury waived after hurting his knee in Thursday’s exhibition game against the Ravens. If Nissley goes 24 hours without a claim he reverts back to the injured reserve for the season. Zimmerman (Brookwood High) also saw action against the Ravens.

Rookie fullback Bradie Ewing was officially placed on injured reserve.

Polite, who played his college football at Pittsburgh, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2004. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys.  He has also played with the Bears, Dolphins and most recently the Patriots, who released him in March. For his career, Polite has 95 carries for 296 yards and one touchdown.

Coffman, who played at Missouri, was a third-round draft pick (No. 98 overall) by the Bengals in 2009. He had a season-ending ankle injury his rookie season and stayed with the Bengals on their practice squad until 2011. He spent last season with the Buccaneers. He was waived on Aug. 6.

- Chris Vivlamore

79 comments Add your comment

senior falcon

August 11th, 2012
3:54 pm

With all due respect for Mr. Polite, is that the best we can do to replace an individual who was not only expected to start, but to excel?

bo joe ellis

August 11th, 2012
3:56 pm

95 carries for 295 yds is not much for 8 years. I believe more is needed.

Chris

August 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

Polite isn’t going to start you idiots. He’s a camp body.

Krammmit

August 11th, 2012
4:01 pm

Great signings, Polite gives us a good vet for the fullback battle and Coffman gives us a nice receiving TE.

Nite Owl

August 11th, 2012
4:05 pm

As dynamic as Ewing may have been as a pass-catching threat, and I hope he’s back next year, I think we’ll be ok throwing it to Julio a few more times instead.

Coffman looks like a nice no-risk pickup that could turn into something. Gets injured, team that drafts him gives up on him. Not sure why the Bucs didn’t want him, though.

I don’t know about just being a camp body, though. Polite would be one heartbeat away from being the starter if Cox goes down.

Curious to see who gets cut around the league late in camp.

PMC

August 11th, 2012
4:10 pm

This offense is not based around numbers for fullbacks. Polite is a veteran who will pick up run blocking and pass protections quickly. He will compete with Mike Cox.

Coffman is a pretty nice pull too. He was a good receiver in college. It’s worth a shot anyway.

JSS

August 11th, 2012
4:41 pm

Polite is also a player capable of special teams… What are you talking about “camp body?”

ernisTbass

August 11th, 2012
4:44 pm

if Polite can get 295 with 95 carries can he get 1 when you really need it???

The Grinch

August 11th, 2012
4:45 pm

“He only has X number of yards!” How many did Ovie have? That isn’t what he was signed for.

JSS

August 11th, 2012
4:48 pm

The Bengals gave up on Coffman because they got rid of that cancer of an offensive coordinator! They picked up AJ Green while Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell emerged from the TO/Ochocinco debacle as front line receivers… Their 4th receiver was Jordan Shipley…

lou mccauley

August 11th, 2012
4:49 pm

The ATL JUST SIGNED MORE THAN A CAMP BODY BUT AN EXCELLENT FULLBACK AND HE ALSO GIVES VALUE TO SPECIAL TEAMS JUST ASK BILL PARCELLS. TOUGH AND SMART. GIVE HIM A CHANCE AND THE RB’S WILL REALLY APPRECIATE THE HOLES HE WILL OPEN FOR THEM. IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE YARDS PER CARRY BUT THE GRUNT WORK THAT NOT MANY PLAYERS ARE WILLING TO DO.

nikcanon

August 11th, 2012
4:53 pm

Nite Owl

August 11th, 2012
4:54 pm

@JSS:

Thanks for the explanation, but I thought Coffman was a TE. Why would the WR depth affect him? Is he more of an Orson Charles type or a road-grader?

Nite Owl

August 11th, 2012
4:56 pm

@nikcanon:

Did you ever see Ren & Stimpy, when Stimpy wanted to press the “jolly, candy-like button?” You just did that to me, and I couldn’t resist. I guess I’m just glad it wasn’t worse and my computer isn’t infected with 10 different viruses now.

steven a smith

August 11th, 2012
5:04 pm

Great signings at this point. Coffman is a guy that should have been drafted by the Falcons anyway.

AlanFalcon

August 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

Some of you people, hell its not even necessary to comit for you couldn’t understand.

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hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
5:31 pm

nissely and dawson-2 players who have a much better shot at a championship now !

tyger

August 11th, 2012
6:05 pm

Fullbacks make running game go. see Ovi Mughelli…
Especially with a suspect offensive line…
Rash of managerial decisions biting Coons early…

Tatupu for Lofton, Ewing for Mughelli – 4 guys gone…
Lofton, Mughelli were strong; replacements not…

Esquire

August 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
5:31 pm
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hey hi, get it together. It’s either Adam and Dawson, or Nissley and Zimmerman. It’s just plain ignorant to say Nissley and Dawson. You’re a lousy troll. Try harder.

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atlnative

August 11th, 2012
6:33 pm

The Atlanta Falcons look like garbage!

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
6:37 pm

thanks for biting esquire- i figured the one with the least amount of brain power would be the first to complain about having to figure something out …and you won !!!

jerseyfalcon

August 11th, 2012
6:43 pm

Polite is a run blocking fullback…he isn’t supposed to ahve carries or many catches. Whoever said ” dynamic” Ewing…are you kidding me??!?! When has a FULLBACK ever been “dynamic”? As far as Coffman..he was a off the line tight end who caught a lot of passes in college but was garbage in the NFL because he couldn’t block. That’s why Cincy cut him..regardless what your 40 time is out really how fluid you run routes, if you can’t block…run or pass, then you won’t be sed in the NFL. He might be used an an H-back, if he stays on the roster. However, the falcons coaches said that Kerry Meier would fill that role…so why have two plays with teh same exact role?

Hugh Jass

August 11th, 2012
6:55 pm

Am I the only one who doesn’t care if a fullback has a single yard? Their job is to block a linebacker and free up other players, period. If you think any differently you don’t know anything about football. Ovie was known as the best fullback in the league. In Ovie’s last few yeasr with the Falcons he rushed for 16, 10, 36, and 1 yard.

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
6:57 pm

the best in the league? by who? he was good but -c’mon man

Earl

August 11th, 2012
7:14 pm

Coffman could turn out to be what Ben Sheets is to the Braves. Smart move, since there is relly nothing to loose here.

Amazing how so many people all of a sudden think the FB should be a 1,000 yard rusher.

Jamaaliver

August 11th, 2012
7:25 pm

These signings aren’t binding. As other teams make cuts in pre-season and training camp, we’ll get higher caliber players who are cap casualties.

JSS

August 11th, 2012
7:39 pm

NiteOwl, they went to more three and 4 receiver sets, they had the big TE from Oklahoma Gresham who split out… It made no sense for them to carry Coffman. When the

JSS

August 11th, 2012
7:48 pm

When he went to Tampa, they had Winslow and Luke Stocker in front of him… They went out and got Dallas Clark (duplication and Coffman’s way inferior)… Even with Winslow being banished, he couldn’t break through, thus he was released…

steven a smith

August 11th, 2012
7:50 pm

Chase Coffman, a former 3rd rounder, could very well be the next starting TE for the Atlanta Falcons.
After all, Tony Gonzalez is about 59 years old and should have already retired!! I beleive Coffam is 6″6″ 250.

jesse james

August 11th, 2012
7:50 pm

Most of you clowns probably never played football let alone organized football @ altnative to your incorrect analysis of the falcons the ” scrubs ” the ” backups ” lost game not the starters or even the 2nd string played much better than these guys. Most of them won’t be on the team anyway ! JACKASS!

yo mama

August 11th, 2012
8:06 pm

daryl blackstock and gary brackett are available MLB’s right now. not many out there, and i think the falcons need to add depth to the club’s biggest weakness, MLB

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
8:07 pm

so who plays when a starter goes down ?

JSS

August 11th, 2012
8:23 pm

Hiram…
Depth means nothing, come on…

John

August 11th, 2012
8:28 pm

I remember watching Coffman play a little in college and he’s certainly talented. Lets hope he comes out in shape and ready to play.

keep it real

August 11th, 2012
8:33 pm

Do not let the Saints trolls accomplish their purpose of ruining this blog for Falcons fans.

Ken Strickland

August 11th, 2012
8:55 pm

Mughelli was a Probowl FB and you’ll find that his production as a rusher wasn’t any better than Polite’s, on average. Judging a blocking FBs ability based solely on his rushing stats shows a basic lack of understanding of todays gm.

Big Ray

August 11th, 2012
9:39 pm

so who plays when a starter goes down ?

Here’s a more intelligent question – does a backup play better on the field with other 1st teamers, or does he play better when surrounded with the rest of the backups?

You and JSS only stop your two man circle jerk just long enough to post and wipe your cheese off the screen, I see….

hiramsaint

August 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

big gay , you sound like a man-?- of experience in that dept! the mid town boys are probably missin’ you so run along and you’ll be on your knees in no time -hahahahahaha

Lenox Square

August 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

I know one thing, Lousaka ia a very polite fullback.

Falconfever

August 11th, 2012
10:29 pm

Big Gay-Now that was funny !

Michael M.

August 11th, 2012
10:42 pm

D-led……????? seriously are you really serious ?????????????????????????

Michael M.

August 11th, 2012
10:47 pm

Big Ray ?…………………. What do we do with these idiots that keep insisting the Saints are Superbowl bound ?

Michael M.

August 11th, 2012
10:57 pm

Do I get a high five or more of this crap the Saints are going to win the friggin Superbowl ! keep me laughing out here Moron trolls cause you sure got mighty quiet when I hit the airwaves …………..

Jay

August 12th, 2012
12:01 am

I have no faith in Falcons coaching staff. Why play Dent on Special Teams??????

Dent is not a long-term solution.

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Blake

August 12th, 2012
2:11 am

@Michael M…..your the man….empty your barrels on em’ my friend….Do they really think Breez Is gonna Breez through this thing? They drag their knuckles along with their tongues not far behind. Monkee see…. monkee do.They’ll be fallin’ off that aints bandwagon when their team goes 8-8 !

Whopper Dawg

August 12th, 2012
2:30 am

Sounds like TD called his daddy in NE and asked him who he should pick up as a fullback.

In both instances of injury, fullback and MLB, TD placed all the chips in players that have not played a down of professional football at their positions with no quality backup plans if they fail.

In TD we trust, in TD we trust.

Chance

August 12th, 2012
5:13 am

For all of you idiots. Polite is a fb not a rb. He isent needed for running the ball. If he can be anywhere close to what he was in miami he might beat out cox. YouTube him lighting up the panthers.