The Atlanta Falcons have filled the last two spots on their 90-man roster ahead of Friday’s opening of training camp by signing linebacker Pat Angerer
and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert
. Both players worked out for the Falcons today. Terms of their respective deals are unknown at this time, but are likely one-year contracts.
Angerer spent the past four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him out of Iowa in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. With the Colts, he started 39 of 54 career games mainly at 4-3 middle linebacker and 3-4 inside linebacker, but also played on the strong side in their 4-3 scheme during his rookie season. For his career, Angerer recorded 312 career tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Reports first indicated the Falcons interest in Angerer back in June, shortly after the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon was announced. Angerer has suffered a number of injuries himself over the past few years, requiring offseason surgery in each of the past three years. It was a knee that required surgery following the 2011 season. He then broke his foot during Colts training camp in 2012, forcing him to miss the first five games of the year. He then had surgery on that foot following the year, which limited him last summer. A concussion forced him out of the Colts’ 2013 season-opener, and his season was cut short by a knee injury that required offseason microfracture surgery.
If fully healthy, Angerer could figure into the competition between Joplo Bartu and Prince Shembo for the starting spot at inside linebacker vacated by Weatherspoon.
The 6-foot, 195-pound Ebert was originally a seventh-round draft pick by the New England Patriots out of Northwestern in 2012. Ebert spent his rookie season on the practice squads of the Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. After being waived by the Patriots the following spring, he was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He alternated between the Jaguars practice squad and active roster several times during the first several weeks of the 2013 season. He finished the season on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury, but managed to appear in five games with the Jaguars, catching three passes for 18 yards. He was waived by the Jaguars this past May, and had been out of football until the Falcons picked him up today.
Ebert likely gives the Falcons another candidate to compete for a reserve role on special teams given the recent injury to wide receiver Drew Davis that will keep him out for the first few weeks of camp.