The Falcons announced the addition of running back Josh Vaughan to their practice squad today. Vaughan replaces safety Mark LeGree, who was released. Vaughan is a former Carolina Panther, a team that the Falcons take on this Sunday.
Vaughn played 10 games over the course of the 2010-11 seasons with the Panthers. During that time, he carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards (3.1 avg) and a touchdown. An undrafted free agent out of Richmond in 2009, he was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After being cut at the end of training camp, he finished the 2009 season on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers the following May and briefly earned a spot on their practice squad to start the 2010 season. He would spend time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills before rejoining the Panthers. He appeared in 3 games before ending the season on the Panthers practice squad. He also began and ended the 2011 season on the practice squad for Carolina, bookending a 7-game stint on the roster. He was cut by the Panthers this past August before joining the Falcons.
Vaughan is a former collegiate teammate of Falcons defensive end Lawrence Sidbury. Both helped Richmond win a FCS National Championship in 2008. That year, Vaughan rushed for 1,884 yards and 20 touchdowns on 355 carries (5.3 avg). He finished his career with the Spiders sharing the school’s all-time record with rushing touchdowns (34) and was second behind Tim Hightower in career rushing yards (3,393).
LeGree joined the Falcons practice squad at the start of the season after spending time in the training camps of the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.