By Jake Saltzman
he Falcons didn’t specify how major a role linebacker Lofa Tatupu would see on defense this season, and with the news that the veteran will sit out the season with a chest injury, the Falcons have been forced to abandon any secret plan they may have envisioned for Tatupu. Just hours before the start of training camp, the Falcons made several minor moves to fill out the roster vacancies left by Tatupu.
Wide receiver Tim Toone and defensive tackle Elisha Joseph were both signed to Atlanta’s active roster, while defensive tackle Corey Peters was placed on the active, non-football injury list.
Also waived was aptly-named safety Chad Faulcon, who, despite his surname, was not likely to land a roster spot in a very deep Atlanta secondary.
Toone played his college ball at Weber State, and has seen time on the practice squads of three NFL teams since receiving the “Mr. Irrelevant” tag as the final selection in the 2010 draft. Given the Falcons need for bottom end receiving options, Toone may have a chance to make the 53-man roster as a special teams guy.
Joseph, who played collegiate ball at Temple, was brought on to add depth to the defensive line. With Peters likely out for the better part of August, Joseph will likely serve only as a camp body. He has spent time on Pittsburgh’s practice squad in his career.
The Atlanta Falcons opened training camp to the public early Thursday afternoon at the team’s facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia.