The Atlanta Falcons released rookie linebacker Dominique Tovell and signed linebacker Matt Wells on Tuesday. Will this move be any different from the last?
The Atlanta Falcons have had everyone’s head spinning over the past few days with their roster moves, leaving many asking the question, “What was the point of that?” Last Friday, the Falcons signed veteran wide receiver Lance Moore and rookie linebacker Dominique Tovell. Less than a week later, neither of those players remain apart of the team.
The Atlanta Falcons had found more veteran experience in former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore. However, after just one weekend with the Falcons, Moore was ready to call it quits. He announced his retirement on Monday morning after 10 seasons in the NFL. This move put the roster at 89-men.
Then, on Tuesday, news broke that the Atlanta Falcons released defensive lineman Dominique Tovell. His college days at Louisiana-Lafayette boast 238 tackles in 50 games. But much like Moore, there was little chance of Tovell securing a spot on the roster.
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The Atlanta Falcons picked up linebacker Matt Wells on Tuesday, though it appears his chance to make the roster will also be a long shot. New player – yes, but basically the same situation.
The 25-year-old linebacker played at Mississippi State where he was known as the “cheetah” due to his speed (4.43 40-yard dash at Pro Day). Wells was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
He spent just a few short months with the Patriots before he was traded to the Chicago Bears last year. Last season, the Bears waived Wells and he later joined the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. The Rams then cut him in June.
Though Wells hasn’t spent much time in the NFL, he has definitely been making his way around the league. Will his time with the Atlanta Falcons last longer? At 6’2”, 222 lbs., one could argue that he may be undersized for his position. If Wells has any shot at making it with the Falcons, he’s going to have to show head coach Dan Quinn that he can fit his playing style by being a versatile competitor.