Seven of the players released by the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday have been brought back to Flowery Branch to serve as the team's practice squad. Quarterback John Parker Wilson, wide receivers Kevin Cone and Drew Davis, guard Andrew Jackson, tackle Jose Valdez, linebacker Robert James and safety Rafael Bush.
Cone and Davis made the practice squad as undrafted free agents, an impressive achievement considering only Darrin Walls made the final 53 from Atlanta's UDFA crop. Both were renowned blockers out of college, with Davis being named one of his team's best blockers and Cone ... well, playing for Georgia Tech.
Wilson is apparently of more value to the team on the squad than he would be at No. 3 on the depth chart. With a little advance warning, he could be called up to serve as the backup in a system with which he's familiar, plus he'll be able to help prepare the defense each week.
At one point, Jackson and Bush were believed to be in line for potential backup spots, but the Falcons have decent depth at offensive line and just picked up a pair of veterans for their secondary.
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