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Falcons Undrafted Free Agents 2012: James Rodgers, Tyler Horn Lead 22 Signings

The Atlanta Falcons wasted little time in grabbing a large number of undrafted free agents as soon as the 2012 NFL Draft ended.

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Atlanta Falcons Give Former Georgia Tech WR Tyler Melton A Tryout

The Atlanta Falcons have given a local star a chance to make it on their roster, as former Georgia Tech wide receiver Tyler Melton has been given a tryout spot at the Falcons' rookie minicamp next weekend.

Melton had an underwhelming career at Georgia Tech, with a senior season stat line of 17 catches and 263 receiving yards. For his career, Melton hauled in 33 catches for 461 yards and just one touchdown. Melton's stat ledger is as much of a product of the Yellow Jacket's spread option run offense versus Melton's capabilities as a wide receiver.

Standing at 6'1" and 206 pounds and good speed, Melton has the physical tools to play wideout. The Falcons have brought in three undrafted wideouts to complete against Melton, including: Marcus Jackson of the Lamar Cardinals, Cody Pearcy from the Huntingdon Hawks (Ala.) and James Rodgers from the Oregon State Badgers.

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Atlanta Falcons Cut Two, Sign Rookie Free Agent Michael Calvin

The Atlanta Falcons continued shaking up their roster after the 2012 NFL Draft on Tuesday, signing undrafted free agent wide receiver Michael Calvin from California, and cutting long snapper Scott Albritton and offensive lineman Kyle Jolly.

Here's the quick bio on Calvin from AtlantaFalcons.com, and if you're curious how he got the contract with such pedestrian numbers, that 40 time might have a small something to do with it:

Calvin, 6-3, 215 pounds, played in 37 games with 10 starts and totaled 42 receptions for 528 yards with one touchdown during his career at California. He also recorded three tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. In 2011, he had his most productive season with career highs of 20 receptions, 269 receiving yards and one touchdown. Calvin posted a blistering 4.32 in the 40-yard dash at Cal’s 2012 Pro Day.

Neither Jolly or Albritton were ever major factors for the Falcons. Both were scout team players, and with the addition of two new offensive linemen as well as a new long snapper in Josh Harris, both were cut to make room.

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Atlanta Falcons Officially Announce Signing Of 22 Undrafted Free Agents

The 2012 NFL Draft came and went, and the Atlanta Falcons were able to address areas of needs despite not picking until the latter part of the second round.

After the draft, the team continued to add to its roster, and the Falcons have officially announced the signing of 22 undrafted free agents.

Here's the full list:

TE Lamark Brown (Minnesota-Mankato)

LB Rico Council (Tennessee State)

QB Dominique Davis (East Carolina)

S Chad Faulcon (Montclair)

RB Robbie Frey (Kutztown)

LB Max Gruder (Pittsburgh)

T Byrce Harris (Fresno State)

LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama)

LS Josh Harris (Auburn)

C Tyler Horn (Miami)

WR Marcus Jackson (Lamar)

DT Ray Kibble (Kansas State)

G Phillip Manley (Toledo)

CB Marty Markett (South Carolina)

TE Adam Nissley (Central Florida)

DE Louis Nzegwu (Wisconsin)

WR Cody Pearcy (Huntingdon)

DT Micanor Regis (Miami)

WR James Rodgers (Oregon State)

LB Pat Schiller (Northern Illinois)

CB Peyton Thompson (San Jose St.)

P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson)

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Falcons Undrafted Free Agents 2012: James Rodgers, Tyler Horn Lead 20 Reported Signings

With the 2012 NFL Draft complete, the Atlanta Falcons now turn their attention to undrafted free agents. The team wasted little time snapping up a large crop of players. Here is a look at all of the reported -- not official -- signings, along with links to each source.

Tyler Horn - Miami - Offensive Lineman - Started all 12 games at center for the Hurricanes in 2011 and was named as Second-Team All-ACC.

James Rodgers - Oregon State- Wide Receiver - Brother of Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Dual offensive threat that finished with 222 career receptions. Standout as a kick returner.

Cody Pearcy - Huntingdon (D-III) - Wide Receiver - Set receiving records at the Division III level with a 4.3 forty time and a 44-inch vertical leap.

Dominique Davis - East Carolina - Quarterback - Spent a season as the backup to Matt Ryan at Boston College before finishing his career up at East Carolina. Holds the NCAA record for consecutive completions in a single game.

Adam Nissley - Central Florida - Tight End - Caught 21 passes for 235 yards while earning All-Conference USA Honorable Mention in 2011

Phillipkeith Manley - Toledo - Offensive Line - Massive 6-foot-5, 309-pound lineman out of Hamilton, Ohio.

Jerrell Harris

Pat Schiller - Northern Illinois - Linebacker- Led team with 115 tackles in 2011 and was picked as Second-Team All Mid-American Conference.

Josh Harris

Chad Faulcon - Montclair State University (DIII) - Safety - Hard hitting and explosive defensive back who was an award winner at the Division III level.

Max Gruder - Pittsburgh - Linebacker - 6-foot-2, 230-pound versatile linebacker who played both inside and outside during his career at Pittsburgh.

Dawson Zimmerman - Clemson - Punter - Averaged 40.8 yards per kick during his career with the Tigers which was seventh best in school history. Lawrence, Georgia native.

Mike Calvin - California - Wide Receiver - 6-foot-3 wideout who appeared in 37 games for the Bears in his career finishing with 42 catches for 528 yards and a touchdown.

Micanor Regis - Miami - Defensive Tackle- Appeared in 10 games for the Hurricanes in 2011 and finished with 41 tackles and two sacks.

Louis Nzegwu - Wisconsin - Defensive Line - Started all 14 games for the Badgers in 2011 and led the team with 4.5 sacks.

Marty Markett - South Carolina- Defensive Back - Recorded 26 tackles and one pass defended in 2011. Was a solid special teamer and a former sprinter on the track team.

Casey Therriault

LaMark Brown - Minnesota State - Wide Receiver - Transferred from Kansas State to Minnesota State, where he switched from running back to wide receiver.

Robbie Frey - UConn - Running Back -

Bryce Harris - Offensive Lineman - Fresno State. Played in college for current Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill.

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