Falcons sign 9 more undrafted free agents

The Falcons released the names of nine additional undrafted free agents they signed following this past weekend’s draft. They are: P Gordon Ely-Kelso (Georgia), OT Renardo Foster (Louisville), S Jeramie Johnson (Mississippi State), WR Eric Newman (Louisiana Tech), DE David Patterson (Ohio State), OG Kurt Quarterman (Louisville), OLB Tony Taylor (Georgia), WR Eric Weems (Bethune-Cookman), and LS Ryan West (Tennessee).

Ely-Kelso (6′ 238) is the career record holder at Georgia with 220 punts for 8876 yards (40.3 avg). Dropped 69 career kicks inside the 20-yard line, displaying his accuracy.

Foster (6’6′ 331) missed most of his sophomore and junior seasons with torn ACL and back injury, respectively. He started 13 games as a freshman, and was also the Cardinals right tackle this past season.

Johnson (5’10” 209) was the starting free safety the past two seasons, combining for 136 tackles, 4 interceptions, 12 pass breakups, and 7 forced fumbles in that span. He was the starting strong safety as a sophomore, after splitting time at both safety spots during his freshman season. In those years, he tallied a combined 86 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 1 pass breakup.

Newman (6′ 195) was a two-year starter that finished his career with 104 receptions for 1608 yards (15.5 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He also was a good kickoff returner, returning 66 kicks for 1418 yards (21.5 avg).

Patterson (6’2″ 285) received most of his playing time at Ohio State as a left defensive end, but did started 11 games at defensive tackle during his sophomore year. For his career, he finished with 72 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Patterson was the highest paid undrafted free agent this year.

Quarterman (6’4″ 328) earned 1st team All-Big East honors as a enior, and was a three year starter at right guard for the Cardinals.

Taylor (6’1″ 236) tore his ACL in 2004 and missed nearly half the following season with other knee injuries. This past season he bounced back and had his finest, tallying 96 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 7 interceptions, and 2 pass breakups.

Weems (5’8″ 182) led the team with 69 catches, 918 yards, and 9 touchdowns as a senior. Also had 19 punt returns for 331 yards (17.4 avg) and 1 touchdown. Weems split time at running back and receiver during his career. For his career, he caught 185 passes for 2587 yards (14.0 avg) and 20 scores with 205 carries for 1504 yards (7.3 avg) and 23 more touchdowns on the ground.

West (6’3″ 260) served as Tennessee’s long snapper since his sophomore season.

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