With training camp set to begin on July 25, the Atlanta Falcons added two free agents–linebacker Pat Angerer and wide receiver Jeremy Ebert–on Tuesday, filling their roster to a maximum of 90 players.
After a work-out session earlier in the day, Angerer was signed, and will provide depth to a depleted linebacker corps. The Falcons selected four linebackers in the 2014 draft to replenish the position, but also must find a replacement for Sean Weatherspoon, who was lost for the season on June 10, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon while rehabbing a knee injury.
Angerer was a second-round draft pick in 2010 by the Indianapolis Colts. In his four seasons with the Colts he played in 54 games and started 39. His best season was 2011, where he notched 76 tackles, one sack and one interception.
The 27-year-old linebacker was often injured with the Colts, playing just 40.2 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in his last two seasons. He’s dealt with multiple knee and foot injuries during his tenure in the NFL, and was placed on injured reserve last December, when it was determined he would require microfracture surgery.
The Falcons must have been happy with what they saw Tuesday in Angerer, who will enter camp and likely compete with Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu, and possibly even rookie Prince Shembo for a starting role in the middle of Atlanta’s defense.
Angerer was second on the team in tackles in 2011, and fourth the year prior with the Colts. He’s an active tackler, who, when healthy, was an option for light coverage duties in the middle of the field.
Ebert was a seventh-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2012. After practice-squad duty with the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, Ebert was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in May, 2013. He caught three passes last season and played in six games in Jacksonville.
With the likes of Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Darius Johnson and Devin Hester on the team, Ebert will have to fight just to earn a spot as organizational depth.