D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that 2009 second round pick William Moore has been cleared to participate in the Falcons upcoming minicamp this weekend. Moore was limited to only two appearances last season after undergoing knee surgery in August, and then suffering a hamstring injury during the season which forced him onto injured reserve.
Per the report, fellow 2009 rookie Peria Jerry will not participate in the minicamp due lingering issues from a knee injury he suffered in Week 2 of last year. Cornerback Brian Williams and wide receiver Harry Douglas also will be held out as they recover from torn ACLs. Per Falcons head coach Mike Smith, all three of those players are not expected to participate in organized team activities later in the month and should return in time for training camp later this summer.
The Falcons got an early start on free agency, by retaining veteran cornerback Brian Williams per a report by Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. Marvez reports that Williams agreed to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. The free agent signing period kicks off at midnight tonight.
Earlier this month, the Falcons re-signed wide receiver Brian Finneran before he could hit the open market. Like Finneran, Williams ended the season on the Falcons injured reserve. Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 6 matchup against the Chicago Bears. He was signed by the Falcons a week before the season began after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams was immediately promoted to starting cornerback for the team and thru five starters recorded 18 tackles, 1 interception, and a fumble recovery.
Marvez’s report indicates that Williams is still re-habbing from his injury and may not be ready by the time off-season workouts begin later this month. But it’s likely Williams will be healthy by the time training camp commences in July.
The Falcons announced that starting cornerback Brian Williams was placed on injured reserve today, after suffering a torn ACL and other related knee damage in last night’s game vs. the Chicago Bears. Williams, an acquisition picked up from the Jacksonville Jaguars has served as the team’s starting corner since opening day. Williams finishes the season with 18 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.
The loss of Williams presents a large void in the Falcons young secondary. Williams was replaced by Chevis Jackson last night, who consequently was picked on for a touchdown pass on his first play on defense. Jackson, a third round pick in 2008 filled the role as a nickel corner for much of last season, but has gotten limited playing time thus far this year. The team also will look to veteran Tye Hill and rookie Chris Owens to help fill depth. Most likely, nickel corner Brent Grimes will fulfill Williams’ role as starting left corner.
The Falcons have an available roster spot that will be filled in the very near future according to head coach Mike Smith. Cornerback Glenn Sharpe is currently on the practice squad and could be promoted. Also the league’s trade deadline is tomorrow night, meaning it’s possible, albeit slim according to some sources, that the team could try to swing a last minute deal.
The Falcons signed cornerback Brian Williams, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams is a seven-year veteran that was released by the team yesterday. Williams joined the Jaguars in 2006, and served as a starter all three years there. He is familiar with many members of the Falcons coaching staff including head coach Mike Smith and defensive backs coach Alvin Reynolds from their shared stint in Jacksonville.
Williams was on the trading block earlier this week according to a report from NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora. Williams has started 93 games in his career and 18 career interceptions. He entered the league in 2002 as a fourth round pick with the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams will likely get a chance to compete immediately for a nickel position, with the potential to move into the starting lineup in the near future. Williams offers more size (5-11/202) than most of the Falcons corners already on the roster. He also has experience playing safety as well, offering versatility.
Williams signed a one-year deal. No word yet on which player was released to make room for Williams on the roster.