Falcons cut Barth, Thomas; add Shelley
The Falcons announced on Thursday that undrafted kicker Casey Barth and cornerback Momo Thomas had been cut by the team. It was also reported by sources that the team had signed former Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley on Friday.
Barth and Thomas were a pair of the 24 undrafted free agents the team signed following last month’s draft. They along with 17 other undrafted players participated in the team’s rookie mini-camp along with their draft picks and a few second-year players this past weekend.
Barth finished his career at North Carolina as that school’s record holder in terms of career field goals made with 66. For his career, he connected on 80.5% of his 82 field goal attempts. Barth missed a large chunk of the 2011 season due to injury, after earning All-ACC honors the previous two seasons. His older brother, Connor, currently is the kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thomas started every year at Colorado State, but had a pair of seasons (2010 and 2012) shortened by shoulder injuries. His most productive year came in 2011 as a junior, where he started all 11 games, recording 31 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 7 passes defended. For his career, he had 5 interceptions, included one returned for a touchdown, and 16 passes defended. He also was a productive punt returner for his career, returning 45 punts for an average of 8.3 yards. His real name is Gerard Santwan Thomas.
Shelley was perfect on 11 field goal tries last season at Alabama. For his career, he hit on 44 of 55 field goals (80%) during his collegiate career. He hit on 5 of 7 attempts in Alabama’s win over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game in 2011, a record for that game and for the school. He predominantly was their short-range kicker in college, and had minimal work as a kickoff specialist. His career long at Alabama was from 44 yards, and had a career record of 3 of 9 from kicks beyond 40 yards.