Two more undrafted players sign with Falcons
The Falcons added two more undrafted free agents early Tuesday morning in Rhode Island linebacker Matt Hansen and Florida A&M running back Philip Sylvester. Both players are likely to compete for special teams roles with the Falcons.
Hansen, a 6-0/231-pound inside linebacker is Rhode Island’s all-time leader in tackles with 401 career stops. For his career, he also added 34.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 10 passes defended, 6 fumbles forced, and 3 fumble recoveries. He led the Rams with 114 tackles as a senior, also recording 8 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. His most productive year came as a sophomore where he had 111 tackles, 13.5 for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 interceptions.
At URI’s pro day, which the Falcons attended, he clocked a 4.55 40 time, 37-inch vertical jump, and did 26 bench reps of 225 pounds.
Sylvester, a 5-9/195-pounder, saved his best year at Florida A&M for last, rushing for a career high 968 yards on 170 carries (5.7 avg) and 10 touchdowns. He began his career as the team’s leading rusher as a freshman with 151 carries for 858 yards (5.7 avg) and 7 touchdowns. For his career, Sylvester rushed for 2,998 yards on 599 carries (5.0 avg) and 32 touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes during his career. He served as a kickoff returner as well, returning 32 kickoffs for an average of 23.2 yards.
At his pro day, Sylvester clocked a 4.42 40 time, with 18 bench reps, and a 32-inch vertical jump. He also clocked a 6.84 3-cone drill, which would have corresponded to be 7th best among running backs at the 2011 Combine.