May 29 2015 - Charles Godfrey, S Charles Godfrey was working with the first team at free safety. The former Carolina Panther has played both free and strong safety.
"The range in the middle of the field is what we see," head coach Quinn said. "If he can do that and have an impact to go get the ball, those are things that kind of jumped out to us through his career up until now and through the first few practices."
May 29 2015 - Dezmen Southward, DB Dezmen Southward, who is being moved to cornerback, had a minor knee procedure. He did not practice with the team during OTAs on Tuesday, which was open to the media.
It is not known how long Southward will be out. He could be available for the team's minicamp, which is set for June 16-18. He'll likely be cleared before training camp starts in late July.
Southward, a third-round pick from Wisconsin in 2014, played 257 snaps last season in some of the Falcons' nickel and dime packages.
May 29 2015 - Prince Shembo, LB Prince Shembo, a promising second-year linebacker, will be released after the Falcons learned he was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend's dog on Friday (May 29).
Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who went through the federal dog-fighting investigation with former star quarterback Michael Vick, was involved in the swift decision to release Shembo.
"We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo," a Falcons spokesperson said in a statement. "We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo."
The announcement came after NFL business had closed Friday, so the transaction won't be official until Monday.
Shembo, who was set to make $510,000 in 2015, played in all 16 games last season and made three starts. He was moving to outside linebacker and had a chance to earn a spot in the team's pass-rushing rotation.
Shembo, 23, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.
A Yorkie named Dior died of blunt force trauma, according to a necropsy report. Denicia Williams had reported to police on April 19 that her former boyfriend killed the dog.
She said she took the Yorkie to Shembo's apartment and at one point left the dog with him. When she returned, she found the pet unresponsive and took it to an animal hospital, where it died.
The day after the dog's death, Williams told police that Shembo allegedly made comments about killing the dog.
Veterinarians determined that the dog had a fractured rib, lacerated liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising and hemorrhage in the muscles in her front leg and shoulders, head trauma, hemorrhage and edema in the lungs, hemorrhage between the esophagus and trachea, and hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries.
While at Notre Dame, Shembo was arrested for an alleged sexual assault of a S
May 29 2015 - Cassius Vaughn, CB Cassius Vaughn, who wasn't tendered as UFA by the Lions on May 12, was signed by the Ravens Friday (May 29).
May 29 2015 - Christian Yount, LS Christian Yount had his contract terminated by the Browns Friday (May 29). Yount has appeared in 53 games with the Browns since joining the team in 2011.
May 29 2015 - Matt Simms, QB Matt Simms was claimed on waivers by the Bills from the Jets Friday (May 29). Simms, the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, entered the NFL in 2013 when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Tennessee product has completed 19-of-39 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown in his NFL career.
May 29 2015 - Jeff Tuel, QB Jeff Tuel was waived by the Bills Friday (May 29).
May 29 2015 - Derrick Malone, Jr., LB Derrick Malone was waived by the Falcons Friday (May 29).
May 29 2015 - Trey Watts, RB Trey Watts received a four-game suspension from the NFL on Friday (May 29) for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Watts will sit out the first four games of the regular season before he is eligible to return on Oct. 5 after the Rams' game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 4.
But before the suspension takes effect, Watts will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and in preseason games with the Rams.
Watts made the team as an undrafted free agent from Tulsa last year and played in 14 games as a rookie, rushing for 30 yards on seven carries.
Watts is the son of former Oklahoma quarterback and U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts.
May 29 2015 - Ryan Clady, T Ryan Clady, who suffered a torn ACL in an OTA practice Thursday (May 28), was placed on season-ending reserve/injured by the Broncos Friday.
May 29 2015 - Ryan Harris, T Ryan Harris, who wasn't tendered as a UFA by the Chiefs, was signed by the Broncos Thursday (Mat 28) after Denver lost left tackle Ryan Clady for the season because of a torn ACL.
May 29 2015 - Brandon Bogotay, K Brandon Bogotay (6-3, 207) was signed by the Buccaneers Thursday (May 28). He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2013, spending the offseason and preseason with the team, before being waived as the team reduced its roster to the 53-man limit. He attended the Buccaneers' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis this offseason.
May 29 2015 - Ben Gottschalk, C Ben Gottschalk was waived by the Buccaneers Thursday (May 28).
May 29 2015 - Julian Wilson, CB Julian Wilson was waived/injured (broken leg) by the Ravens Thursday (May 28). Wilson will be placed on reserve/injured Friday provided he clears waivers.
May 29 2015 - Thomas Wolfe, CB Trey Wolfe was signed by the Redskins Thursday (May 28).
May 29 2015 - Tajh Hasson, CB Tajh Hasson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Redskins Thursday (May 28).
May 29 2015 - Matt Simms, QB Matt Simms was waived by the Jets Thursday (May 28). Simms, a three-year veteran, was buried on the depth chart behind incumbent starter Geno Smith, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie fourth-round pick Bryce Petty.
Simms, the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2012.
He completed 19 of 39 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception during backup duty for the Jets in four games over the past three years.
May 28 2015 - Tyler Kroft, TE Tyler Kroft, selected by the Bengals in the third round of the draft (85th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract (Wednesday) May 27.
Kroft started 24 of 37 games in three seasons at Rutgers and led the team in catches in 2013 as junior with 43 and in receiving yards with 573.
"We graded Tyler as the best of the tight end prospects in this draft," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He has a great upside both as a blocker and a receiver. It was really a blessing in disguise for him that Rutgers went to pounding the ball on the ground last year.
"He had to put his hand in the dirt and work that physical game, and that helped him in the eyes of people evaluating him, because we don't get to see that that much anymore with tight ends in college football."
May 28 2015 - Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, NT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Browns Thursday (May 28).
May 28 2015 - Damien Wilson, LB Damien Wilson, selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the draft (127th overall), signed a four-year contract Thursday (May 28). Wilson will receive a signing bonus of $466,316 and base salaries of $435,000, $525,000, $615,000 and $705,000.
The Cowboys have high hopes for Wilson as a backup at weak-side and middle linebacker. He will cross train at both positions as a rookie as Sean Lee and Rolando McClain, the two starters at the respective positions, have been known to be injury prone.