The Atlanta Falcons filled up their 90-man training camp roster by signing offensive tackle DeMarcus Love on Wednesday. Love will add much-needed depth at offensive tackle, where the Falcons are looking to supplement given last month’s injury to Lamar Holmes. Love most recently finished the 2014 season on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad.
Love, 27, made his bones mainly as a run-blocker at Arkansas playing both left tackle and guard before entering the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. In his first season with the Vikings, he spent every game on the team’s inactive list. His 2012 season was lost due to a torn pectoral he suffered in training camp.
Love was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to performance-enhancing drugs, with the Vikings subsequently cutting him when he came off suspension. He landed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, spending three weeks inactive on their roster before finishing the year on the practice squad.
In 2014, he spent a month with the New York Giants before training camp, but was subsequently cut. Love then spent two months on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad before getting cut last December, after which he was scooped up by the Broncos.
Love has never played in an NFL game but has experience at both left and right tackle.