Atlanta Falcons: Jacques McClendon signed to practice squad

Jacques McClendon from his days at Tennessee. (Associated Press)

Jacques McClendon from his days at Tennessee. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Offensive lineman Jacques McClendon was signed to the practice squad Wednesday.

McClendon, 24, takes the spot vacated by Phillipkeith Manley, who was activated to the 53-man roster after Garrett Reynolds was placed on injured reserve.

McClendon, 6-3, 324 pounds, is from Chattanooga and played at Tennessee.

He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts (129th overall) in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

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12 comments Add your comment

Man.....

November 7th, 2012
2:55 pm

scot

November 7th, 2012
3:02 pm

Chris Eagle

November 7th, 2012
3:26 pm

First true comment. I was wondering who the Falcons would sign to replace Manley. It seems that we really want to develop the OL further.

I usually just read but...

November 7th, 2012
3:46 pm

He’s sure nuff got the size. Can he play?

Statick

November 7th, 2012
3:49 pm

If he played in the SEC, I’m sure he can play.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 7th, 2012
3:53 pm

Glad to see that TD continues to try to locate bigger linemen for the team. Bigger linemen is long over due for the Falcons. It was real obvious against the Cowboys that both our O-Line and D-Line were a lot smaller than the Cowboy’s players.

I believe this is why the O-Line continues to struggle in the run game opening holes for the RBs and the D-Line struggles to consistently stop the run.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

November 7th, 2012
5:29 pm

Thats a big ole boy but he probably wont be used

Sidbery Sighting

November 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

Can anyone tell me what is up with DE Lawrence Sidbury. I thought he had a good preseason and looked to be a good choice to give John Abraham a break from time to time. It like Sidbury and Ray Edwards are irrelevant in Mike Nolans Defense. Can someone shed some light on this matter???

LL

DBN11

November 8th, 2012
2:22 am

TD needs to check out Trenton Brown…………

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3bNx8he6ls

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 8th, 2012
11:56 am

Statick
November 7th, 2012
3:49 pm

If he played in the SEC, I’m sure he can play.

Which explains why he was not on an NFL roster?

Esquire

November 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

Welcome aboard McClendon………….make sure you got those Falcon talons razor sharp!!

torgo

November 8th, 2012
5:57 pm

Not much detail in this article, so I’ll fill in some gaps for anyone still tuning in…

After being drafted in 2010 by the Colts, he appeared in four games in his rookie season. He didn’t make the roster coming out of training camp the following year. (He couldn’t make the roster of the 2011 Colts? Ouch!!)

The Lions picked him up, and he bounced between their roster and practice squad last season. He was still with Detroit for training camp this year but didn’t make the team.

The Steelers briefly added him to their practice squad last month, but last week he became the odd man out in a roster shuffle, making him available for us.

So he hasn’t panned out elsewhere up to this point. But he’s big (lists at 324 pounds), strong (37 reps at Tennessee’s pro day in 2010 and set the school record by bench pressing 645 pounds), and was regarded as having enough potential to rank among the top 20 guards in most draft rankings.

The question now is what line coach Pat Hill can do to turn him around and resurrect his career. He’s here now just to fill in as a big body on the scout team, but he’s also getting an extended audition for a possible shot at making next year’s roster. Based on the improvement we’ve seen this year in Garrett Reynolds and Sam Baker and the progress being made by Phillipkeith Manley, odds are he’s the right coach to get McClendon back on track.

Interesting side note… we opted to sign McClendon rather than bringing back Andrew Jackson. AJ was released with an injury settlement at the end of preseason and should be eligible to return right about now, if he’s healthy.