Today the Falcons made more moves in part of finalizing it’s final 53-man roster and 8-man practice squad. The team signed linebacker Tony Gilbert and tight end Justin Peelle. To make room for them, on the roster, they released linebacker Tony Taylor and tight end Jason Rader. And to fill out their practice squad the team added defensive end Sean Conover and running back Ken Darby.
Gilbert played in Jacksonville the past five seasons, gaining experience with many coaches currently on the Falcons. Like Taylor, Gilbert was a Georgia alum. In his career, he has appeared in 56 games primarily on special teams. For his career, he has 13 tackles on defense and 1 sack. Taylor started the first two preseason games at middle linebacker, but was surpassed by second round draft pick Curtis Lofton by the end of preseason. Gilbert will now serve as Lofton’s backup.
Peelle was released by the Miami Dolphins. He spent several years with the San Diego Chargers (2002-05) and Dolphins (2006-07). In his career, he has 85 catches for 614 yards (7.2 avg) and 7 touchdowns , having started 39 of 93 games. Throughout his career, he has been used primarily as a blocker. Peelle will replace Rader as the team’s backup tight end behind Ben Hartsock.
Conover, recently cast off from the Tennessee Titans. He has played in 11 games the past two years with 2 starts, recording 10 tackles.
Darby was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. He played in only 1 game last year, rushing for 9 yards on 2 carries and having 2 catches for 16 yards. During this past preseason with the Bucs, he rushed 32 times for 102 yards (3.2 avg) and 4 catches for 32 yards.