Falcons Officially Sign 20 Undrafted Free Agents
On Sunday, I posted a list of 26 players that various reports indicated had signed undrafted free agent deals with the Atlanta Falcons. Monday, the team released their official list of 20 players that were signed after the 2014 NFL Draft.
Nineteen of the twenty names released today appeared on Sunday’s list, with Arkansas State wide receiver Julian Jones being the lone exception. Joining Jones are quarterback Jeff Mathews (Cornell), running back Jerome Smith (Syracuse), fullbacks Maurice Hagens (Miami) and Roosevelt Nix (Kent State), wide receivers Geraldo Boldewijn (Boise State), Freddie Martino (North Greenville), Bernard Reedy (Toledo) and Tramaine Thompson (Kent State), tight ends Jacob Pedersen and Brian Wozniak (both from Wisconsin), center James Stone (Tennessee), defensive end Nosa Eguae (Auburn), nose tackle Donte Rumph (Kentucky), outside linebackers Walker May (Vanderbilt) and Jacques Smith (Tennessee), inside linebacker Brenden Daley (Hawaii), cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright (Utah State), safety Kimario McFadden (South Carolina State) and punter Matt Yoklic (Pittsburgh).
Mathews was a record-setting quarterback at Cornell that holds school and Ivy League records with 11,284 career yards passing and 72 touchdowns. Mathews was a four-year starter, leading Cornell to 12 wins over the course of his career. His best season came as a sophomore, where he posted career-highs with 67.9 percent completions, 3,412 passing yards and 25 touchdowns on his way to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors.
Jerome Smith starred his final two years at Syracuse, leading the team in rushing in both seasons. He combined for 2,085 yards and 15 touchdowns in those two seasons.
Hagens started just 13 games over his career at Miami but served as the team’s lead fullback for his final three years. He finished his Hurricane career with 18 career receptions and 13 carries for a combined 46 yards.
Nix played defensive tackle at Kent State and finished as the school’s career leader with 65 tackles for loss and second on their all-time list with 24 career sacks. He earned All-Mid-American Conference honors all four years at Kent State and earned conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman with 10 sacks and 20 tackles for los. As a senior, he had 3.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, both of which were career lows.
Boldewijn spent only his senior season as a full-time starter for Boise State, and finished with a career-high 39 catches and 528 yards with two touchdowns. A native of the Netherlands, he played one year of high school football in Idaho and also changed his last name from Hiwat to Boldewijn after his freshman year in honor of his mother. His last name is pronounced “Bowl-devine.”
Jones posted career highs of 52 receptions and 641 yards as a senior. He posted a team-leading seven touchdowns in junior despite only catching 13 passes.
Martino led all Division II receivers with 146 receptions this past year and also posted a school-record 1,680 yards as well as 12 touchdowns on his way to earn All-American honors. He finished his career with 296 receptions, 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Reedy was a two-time All-MAC selection and three-year starter. As a junior, he caught a career-high 88 passes for 1,113 yards and six touchdowns and had four return touchdowns (three kickoffs, one punt). For his career, he averaged 23.7 yards on 76 kickoff returns and 10.2 yards on 29 punt returns.
Thompson finished his career at Kansas State with 109 receptions, 1,673 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 51 punt returns for an average of 14.1 yards with a touchdown and 30 kickoffs for an average of 26.5 yards with a touchdown.
Pedersen was a three-year starter at Wisconsin, serving primarily as their pass-catching tight end. He finished with a career-high 39 receptions and 541 yards as a senior. He had 104 career receptions and 17 touchdowns.
Wozniak was a two-year starter at Wisconsin, serving primarily as a blocker. He finished his career with 15 receptions for 127 yards and five touchdowns.
Stone started 39 games at Tennessee, with 34 coming at center and five at left guard.
Eguae was a four-year starter at defensive tackle and defensive end finishing his career with 6.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. His last name is pronounced “Eg-way.”
Rumph was a three-year starter at Kentucky, with seven career sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
May finished his career at Vanderbilt with 33 consecutive starts at defensive end. He posted a career-high four sacks as a senior, with nine tackles for loss as well. For his career, he had 11 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Jacques Smith missed the first month of his senior season with a broken thumb, but finished the year with 29 tackles, two for loss, 0.5 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown in nine starts. He played both defensive end and outside linebacker for the Vols, finishing his career with five sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss.
Daley is a former JUCO transfer from Ventura Junior College in California. At Hawaii he started 14 career games at middle linebacker. As a senior, he posted a career-best 90 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Glover-Wright is another former JUCO transfer hailing from Eastern Arizona before enrolling at Utah State. For the Aggies, he started at cornerback and also filled in as a wildcat quarterback on offense. As a senior starter at cornerback, he had 52 tackles, five for loss, one sack and 10 pass breakups. He combined for 105 rushing yards on 20 carries and five receptions in his two-year career at Utah State. He also returned 25 kickoffs for an average of 21.9 yards over his career.
McFadden was one of several attendees of the Falcons local pro day in April. Before landing at South Carolina State, McFadden had brief stints at Alabama A&M, Atlanta Prep Academy and Georgia Military College. He earned second team All-MEAC honors as a senior with 75 tackles, nine for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception and five pass breakups.
Yoklic is a former walk-on that served as Pitt’s primary punter for three years. During that span, he averaged 42.0 yards on 193 punts with 59 placed inside the 20-yard line. He also was a three-time All-Big East Academic team honoree, and also earned All-ACC Academic honors as a senior.