The Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of tight end Mickey Shuler today, adding much-needed depth at the position given that starter Jacob Tamme is dealing with a concussion suffered in the team’s Week Three win over the Dallas Cowboys. To make room for Shuler on the roster, the team cut offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus.
The Falcons made the unorthodox decision at the start of the season to keep only two tight ends on their roster after cutting Shuler and Tony Moeaki. The team did sign Marcel Jensen to their practice squad, but presumably in Shuler want a player that is a more adept blocker.
With Tamme in the concussion protocol, his status for this week’s game means that the Falcons only have one healthy tight end on the roster in Levine Toilolo. Adding Shuler gives the team a much-needed backup as Toilolo also briefly exited the Cowboys game with a minor injury before returning.
Shuler was with the Falcons this past summer in training camp but was cut by the team in the first cutdown to 75 players. Shuler first joined the Falcons in 2013 as a member of their practice squad. He was cut by the team after training camp in 2014, and spent the first month of the season on the Jacksonville Jaguars before finishing that year on their practice squad. He was re-signed by the Falcons after 2014 to a futures contract.
Shuler will turn 29 on October 9. He first entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2010. He split time between the Vikings and Miami Dolphins as a rookie, starting twice for the latter team and snagging his only career receptions, a pair for 44 yards. Since then Shuler has spent time with the Vikings, Raiders, Bills and Cardinals before joining the Falcons in 2013.
Polumbus was signed by the Falcons this past May as much-needed depth at the time at offensive tackle. He struggled throughout the summer, prompting the team to shore up their depth by picking up Bryce Harris and Jake Long in the first two weeks of September. Polumbus has served as the team’s swing tackle and functioned as a sixth lineman in the first three games of the 2015 season. Presumably, Long will step into the role moving forward given his pedigree.