Jamaal Fudge – A player that is certainly known well by Falcons fans, but known even better by the coaching staff since he played for Coach Smith and Coach Van Gorder in Jacksonville and Atlanta. The loss of Brian Williams for the season prompted many fans to wonder if TD would pull the trigger on a trade for corner, scan the practice squads, or stick with what’s on the current roster. Many fans knew a big trade wouldn’t likely be coming down the pipe, but it was a bit surprising to see Jamaal Fudge re-hired for the Falcons. It certainly makes sense with Fudge being able to jump right in with the system and contribute immediately, but that leaves only 2 corners that have played significantly or started this season (Houston, Grimes), one who has barely seen the field (Jackson), one who is a true rookie (Owens), and one who was just activated (Hill). Fudge will likely play safety, nickel, and dime back.
Jamaal Fudge Bio
Height – 5’9, Weight – 194; NFL Experience – 3 years
Bio – Originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2006 by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Clemson. Played in six games in 2006 collaring 5 tackles. In 2007, Fudge played in a career high 14 games getting 10 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception. Claimed off waivers before the start of last season and served as a backup on the 53-man protected roster. Played in 11 games, staring one, and picking up 13 tackles. Very short (5’9) for NFL safety.
Speaking of Williams Absence – A great article from cbssports.com on Tye Hill chomping at the bit to have his number called after being activated. May allay some fears that Falcons fans have, at least speaking to Hill’s motivation and desire to succeed in red and black.
Shockley Officially No Longer a Falcon – The addition of Antone Smith as running back to the roster meant that DJ Shockley was officially released as an Atlanta Falcon. Many fans saw the writing on the wall back in the second preseason game when hometown hero DJ Shockley failed to grab hold of a the big opportunity against the Rams running with the first team offense. Shockley inconsistency’s that game was emblematic of his career in failing to find a rhythm, missing a season due to an ACL tear, and having to win jobs under three different coaches in 3 subsequent years. Perhaps he didn’t get in system that fits his style of play the best, or maybe it was just unfortunate timing, but hopefully he can get on somewhere and find success. Him being signed to the practice squad just delayed the inevitable. You won’t find a harder working, stand-up, and committed teammate than DJ.
RB Antone Smith – Smith may not be extremely well known outside of the ACC, but he certainly put on a show at his pro day running a 4.32 40-yard time, 36 vertical leap, and a 32 rep 225 bench press. He certainly has the speed, so maybe the Falcons coaching staff can find another diamond. Rest of the article located here. 5′9, 190. 2008 Stats: 792 yards, 15 rush TDs, 1 Rcv TD
Hometown Hero Keith Brooking – Without tearing away too much of the scab left from the hometown hero’s exit, was it the best solution for both sides pairing Brooking in a better fit 3-4 defense in Dallas, or did Brooking deserve one more contract to remain a Falcon? Enjoy…………
-How much do you dislike the Cowboys?
-Surprised or pleased with Jamaal Fudge’s resigning?
-Shocked to see DJ finally released as a Falcon? Will he catch on anywhere else?
-Is this Tye Hill’s big chance to remake himself from a fallen first round draft pick?
-Can Antone Smith’s raw talent help the Falcons at all?
-Best for all sides on Brooking, or still bitter over his exit?