Toone made most of his chance

Wide receiver Tim Toone made the Falcons roster after being on practice squads with the Lions, Bills and Broncos. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Wide receiver Tim Toone made the Falcons roster after being on practice squads with the Lions, Bills and Broncos. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Tim Toone knew he was running out of chances.

The wide receiver has been trying to land a roster spot with an NFL team since he was selected with the final pick of the 2010 draft by the Lions. He’s no Mr. Irrelevant any longer.

After bouncing around on the practice squads of the Lions, Bills and Broncos, Toone earned one of five wide receiver spots on the Falcons 53-man roster with his training camp performance. The Broncos waived him on April 30th and he was invited to try out with the Falcons on July 25th, the day before the start of training camp. He has come a long way after playing at Weber State.

“It’s been an interesting journey being released and at home for a couple of months thinking my career was over and moving on,” Toone said. “…This was probably my last year. It was the last year I could have been on practice squad. So, I just figured it was probably going to be my last preseason for sure. So I just went out and no worry about stuff and do what I know I could do.”

Toone said he was excited to make the team because it was a new sensation. “I kept getting cut,” he said. The Falcons kept only five wide receivers, choosing to keep an extra offensive lineman, making him an even greater long shot. The Falcons signed two wide receivers, Marcus Jackson and Drew Davis, to the practice squad.

Toone (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Davis against the Dolphins in the third exhibition game. He also returned punts during the preseason, something he may do during the regular season.

“I don’t know if there was any one thing that locked it,” Toone said of securing a spot. “I had a touchdown catch one game but no catches another game. I go out there and try to work as hard as I can and do what I’m capable of doing. If the team likes that, great. If not, you get released. My thing is to do everything I can and it’s up to them to make the decisions.”

- Chris Vivalmore

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12 comments Add your comment

Greg

September 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

Welcome to the Falcons and good luck, young man. With all the kick-offs going deep into the end zone these days, punt returning is where the opportunity is. I hope you can grab it.

Seen This B4

September 4th, 2012
3:28 pm

Cut by the Lions, Bills and Broncos. LOL!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

Gosh Darn…this article was posted at 3:00 this afternoon and the HATER was already posting a negative comment at 3: 28 PM.

This really proves my point that SEEN does not have a “real job” nor a “real life”. If you did why would you even care about the Falcons receivers????? Talk About Being A Tard!!!!

old qb

September 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

DOL you actually read my message. Until today not one word had been written about Toone. It wasn’t the touchdown catch that made me look at this kid although it was a nice grab and he beat the cornerback. No, it was watching him field punts in the rain, cradle a wet ball, pick up about eight yards and get out of bounds. Good hands.
Someone needs to fill one of the biggest holes–replacing Eric Weems. So far, Toone looks like he can do part of it, but Weems was great getting downfield on kickoffs and making tackles and someone needs to step up.
Toone reminds me a bit of Wes Welker and now he has his chance so I hope he takes advantage of it–the Falcons will be the better for it.

yo mama

September 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

To SeenThis: where did your starting MLB play last year? I rest my case. You are indeed a buttmunch. hehehehehe

The Real Rick

September 4th, 2012
4:51 pm

I hope the move is to put to one as the return man as well….he seems to take care of the ball….I’d rather see him down field than grimes or HD……I’m glad he made the team…good article

[...] Toone made the most of his chance [...]

Whadda Ya Know?

September 4th, 2012
5:48 pm

All I know is you (Toone) better be running like a bat outta h3ll everytime you touch the ball–especially on PRs. Show the staff that they kept you for good reason.

SeenThisB4

September 4th, 2012
5:53 pm

@yo mama’s boy: Our starting Mike LB does indeed still carry the nauseating stench of a rotting falcan’t corpse bloating in the heat of New Orleans; it’ll take weeks and weeks of stellar performance on his part to cleanse that georgian stink off him. Hopefully he has the gumption to overcome that handicap.

Mikey

September 4th, 2012
6:35 pm

So far, the Falcons leadership have been very good judges of talent. I suspect that he will do well and continuously advance as he gets on-field experience. He, as well as the other rookies, dropped too many passes in the pre-season games but I suspect they will do better once they get to feeling at home on the field with the big boys. Best of luck to Toon and please keep up the good work. We will all be rooting for you! GO FALCONS!

falconsjrt

September 4th, 2012
6:49 pm

Its TOONE TIME!!!!

T h e Burner Turner

September 5th, 2012
7:53 pm

good kid with good hands

darm I am hungry