The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of fullback Collin Mooney today. Mooney played with the Tennessee Titans as recently as 2013 where he served as the team’s main fullback for most of that year. Per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, Mooney will sign a multi-year contract with the Falcons to provide competition for incumbent fullback Patrick DiMarco.
Despite being limited to just 136 offensive snaps in 2013, Mooney earned the fourth highest run-blocking grade among fullbacks according to premium website Pro Football Focus. Mooney appeared in 12 games that year, earning four starts before being sidelined with a knee injury. He finished the year on injured reserve and was cut by the Titans last summer. He’s spent the last eight months out of football.
Mooney, 29, is currently a member of the Army Reserve, fulfilling his service during the offseason. He went to West Point, where he set a single-season school record for 1,339 rushing yards as a senior in 2008. That year he started 12 games at running back, toting the rock 191 times and also scoring eight touchdowns.
After graduating, he spent three years in military service before signing with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent most of his rookie season on the Titans’ practice squad and but earned a roster spot in 2013 after an injury to fullback Quinn Johnson. For his NFL career, Mooney has five career carries for 19 yards with six receptions for 32 yards.
The Falcons also waived tight end Kyle Miller yesterday. Miller spent much of last year on the Falcons practice squad and was signed to a future contract at the end of the season.