Falcons add seven to practice squad

The Falcons announced more roster moves on Monday, including adding seven players to their practice squad. The team claimed two free agents as well, and made room by cutting two players. The players added were offensive tackle D’Anthony Batiste and running back Artose Pinner. Making room for them was linebacker Jordan Beck and running back Jason Snelling. The seven players added to the practice squad were quarterback Casey Bramlet, tight end George Cooper, cornerback Brent Grimes, offensive guard Kurt Quarterman, wide receivers Todd Watkins and Eric Weems, and linebacker Travis Williams.

Batiste was with the Carolina Panthers this past summer, after spending time with both the Panthers and on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad in 2006. Originally out of Louisiana-Lafayette, he played in both af2 and CFL prior to entering the NFL last season.

Pinner was a fourth round pick in 2003 by the Detroit Lions. He spent three seasons with the Lions before being released last year and was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings. For his career, he’s appeared in 40 games, starting 7 of them. He has 812 rushing yards on 245 carries (3.3 avg) with 8 touchdowns and 39 receptions.

Snelling led the Falcons in rushing this preseason after being a seventh round pick this past April. Beck was a third round pick of the team in 2005, but fell behind undrafted rookie Tony Taylor on the depth chart this summer.

Six of the practice squad players were released by the Falcons over the weekend. The lone newcomer, Watkins, was a seventh round pick out of BYU last year for the Arizona Cardinals.

The league allows up to eight players being on a team’s practice squad. That last spot may go to Snelling, who impressed this summer, if he is able to clear waivers.

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