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Falcons Sign Guard Harland Gunn

The Atlanta Falcons announced they have signed guard Harland Gunn today.

Gunn was first signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys following the 2012 NFL Draft. After he was waived, the New Orleans Saints signed him to their practice squad on September 2.

Gunn played college ball at The University of Miami.

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Falcons Release Polite, Re-sign Cox

The Atlanta Falcons have released fullback Lousaka Polite and re-signed Mike Cox to be the new fullback.

Polite was signed after Bradie Ewing tore his ACL in the preseason. Ewing was drafted in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin, and he was expected to compete for the starting role.

Cox was released during the final round of cuts in the preseason. He signed with the team in October of last season after former fullback Ovie Mughelli went down with a knee injury.

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Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins Preview

Matt Ryan looking for a call from the referees versus Carolina. (Kevin C. Cox)

The Atlanta Falcons are 4-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

The last time the Falcons rattled off four consecutive wins to start the season was in 2004. Incidentally, 2004 was the last time the Falcons won a playoff game (advancing to the NFC Championship).

The Falcons have already built a large lead over the rest of the NFC South after beating the Carolina Panthers last week. Both the Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are  sitting at 1-3, while the New Orleans Saints have yet to win a game at 0-4.

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Falcons Sign Jonathan Massaquoi

The Falcons have signed defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi. The Falcons’ 2012 draft class is now under contract.

Massaquoi was selected in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played his collegiate career at Troy.

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Falcons Sign Lamar Holmes

The Falcons have signed offensive tackle Lamar Holmes. He was the Falcons’ third-round pick from Southern Mississippi in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Five of the six rookies from the 2012 rookie class been signed; only fifth-round pick defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi remains unsigned.

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Falcons Ink Four Rookies

The Falcons have signed four of the six rookies from the 2012 NFL Draft class: guard/center Peter Konz, fullback Bradie Ewing, safety Charles Mitchell, and defensive tackle Travian Robertson.

Konz, formerly of Wisconsin, was selected in the second round (55th overall). Ewing, also from Wisconson, was drafted to replace recently released Ovie Mughelli. Ewing was selected in the fifth round (157th overall). Mitchell was the Falcons’ sixth round draft pick (192nd overall). He played college football at Mississippi State. Lastly, Robertson was the Falcons’ final pick in the seventh round (249th overall). Last season, Robertson was a defensive tackle for South Carolina.

Tackle Lamar Holmes of Southern Mississippi and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi of Troy remain unsigned.

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Falcons Release Ovie Mughelli

The Atlanta Falcons have announced they have released fullback Ovie Mughelli. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I knew the drafting of Bradie Ewing in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft was the writing on the wall for Mughelli.

Furthermore, Mughelli had a cap number of $3 million for this season after signing a six-year, $18 million deal in 2007 with then head coach Bobby Petrino at the helm. Any way you look at it, that number is way too high for a fullback. Add to the fact Mughelli suffered a torn MCL at Detroit last season, and the move ultimately makes sense.

Mughelli will undoubtedly be missed. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 for opening up holes for running back Michael Turner. After he was placed or injured reserve last season, the Falcons’ running game went noticeably downhill.

In any case, let the Ewing era begin.

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