Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch. Here is your Falcons report following Sunday’s practice.
FLOWERY BRANCH –The Falcons placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list and waived quarterback John Parker Wilson Sunday, trimming their roster to 75 players. Peters will not be eligible to return to the active roster until after Week 6 of the regular season.
Peters has not participated this preseason due to a foot injury suffered away from the team’s training facility prior to the start of training camp. Peters has started 30 of 31 games over the past two seasons and recorded 73 tackles (57 solo), four sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed. The earliest Peters could return would be Oct. 28 against the Eagles, following the Falcons bye week.
Wilson was originally signed as a college free agent in 2009 out of Alabama. He has been on the team’s practice squad and was the No. 3 quarterback the past two seasons.
Unless the Falcons bring in another quarterback, Dominique Davis earned a spot on the roster behind Matt Ryan and Chris Redman. Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent, has impressed the coaching staff during training camp. He threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Tim Toone in Friday’s exhibition win at the Dolphins.
The Falcons were required to cut down to 75 players by 4 p.m. Monday.
Playing time for Dent
Starting middle linebacker Akeem Dent saw his first extended action of the preseason in Friday’s exhibition game against the Dolphins, taking about 30 snaps with the base and sub packages.
Dent missed most of the first and all of the second exhibition game with a concussion. It was important to get Dent on the field in game situations, according to coach Mike Smith.
“We wanted to get him a little work, especially in our sub package,” Smith said following Sunday’s practice. “It was a good experience for him because he hasn’t done it in a game. … We needed to get that evaluation done and I think he did a nice job.”
Dent had three tackles against the Dolphins. He figures to be one starter to see some more time in Thursday’s exhibition finale at the Jaguars.
“Things went pretty good,” Dent said. “I still have some things to work on but overall things went well. [There is] technique stuff I need to shore up.”
Wide receiver Kevin Cone (concussion) returned to full contact practice Sunday. Smith said he will play in the exhibition finale.
Cornerback Christopher Owens (hamstring), running back Jason Snelling (lower right leg) and defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot) continued to work with trainers. Safety Shann Schillinger (foot) and wide receiver Kerry Meier (leg) did not participate.
Cornerback Asante Samuel was excused from practice for a personal reason.
Starters or no starters?
Smith said he has not yet determined if starters will play against the Jaguars.
“I can speak historically, we’ve had games where we’ve seen them and we’ve had games where we have not seen them,” Smith said. “We’ll make that decision and finalize it in the next 48 hours. We still have some things that we need to get done. Hopefully we can get them done on the practice field but if not we’ll get them done in the game.”
Too many flags
Penalties are still plaguing the Falcons this preseason. They committed eight penalties for 40 yards in Friday’s exhibition victory over the Dolphins. In three exhibition games this preseason, the Falcons have 29 penalties for 282 yards. The number of infractions is tied for third in the NFL this preseason (going into Sunday’s game) and the total yardage leads all teams.
Last season, the Falcons were 23rd in the NFL with 93 penalties.
* Thomas DeCoud had his second interception of the preseason with a pick against the Dolphins. DeCoud led the Falcons in interceptions last season with four, all of which came inside the Falcons’ 20-yard line.
* Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal with 1:46 remaining in the first half against the Dolphins. It was the longest road field goal Bryant has hit during his 11-year NFL career. It also tied his longest field goal as a Falcon.
- Chris Vivlamore
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