Monday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that the veteran wide receiver Lance Moore is retiring from the NFL after eleven seasons. Moore, 33, played eight outstanding seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Moore compiled 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns off 346 catches. His most notable season was the 2012 campaign, when Moore tallied 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons roster now stands at 89 players.
“One, I have a lot of respect for him as a man and I thought his approach was really admirable,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said about Lance Moore after Monday’s practice. “What a pro to say if my hearts not in it I don’t want to take an opportunity away from somebody else. I thought – man, what a classy guy. For me, my impression of him was ‘what a pro.’ I wish him the best and with a guy like that you know that he’s going to be very successful past football. He’s had a terrific career.”
As preparations continue for Thursday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Quinn talked about playing time relative to the Falcons releasing their depth chart.
“It will really be by position as opposed to unit. Some guys need more looks and exposures to have more and when I know other guys are game ready then we’ll move on from them. The young players, I’m certainly excited for them to play in the first preseason game. It’s always an exciting time for them as their career is starting to take off into the first preseason game. They quickly come back, it’s still ball, and it’s still competing and doing the stuff that they do. It’s kind of an exciting time for all the players, but especially the first year players.”
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Meanwhile, Keanu Neal, running back Terron Ward and tight end Levine Toilolo may not play Thursday. “There is nothing serious that will hold them,” Quinn said. “We’ll make a decision tomorrow or maybe even the next day regarding their availability for the game. If it’s not there, then it’s quick. It’s not a long-term (injury) for any of them. We are going to wait and take all of the time that we need to see if they are able to play or not.”
Transactions: The Falcons waived Dominique Tovell and signed linebacker Matt Wells. Wells is out of Mississippi State and was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2015.