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Report: Falcons Work Out Linebacker Pat Angerer

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The Falcons are still searching for more linebacker depth, evidently.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have repeatedly shown they're not completely satisfied with their current options at linebacker by working out several options. Former Colt Pat Angerer is the latest in a line that has included former reviled Saint Jon Vilma.

This is another relatively low-grade potential signing, but one that could still improve the roster. The team currently has Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu, Prince Shembo, Tim Dobbins, Marquis Spruill and Yawin Smallwood as potential options at inside linebacker, and the 26-year-old Angerer is probably going to be better this season than Smallwood, at minimum.

That's the way to look at this signing, if the Falcons do consummate it: As depth. The team could sock Smallwood or Spruill on the practice squad, potentially, while adding one more semi-proven veteran in case injuries or ineffectiveness strike the Worrilow, Bartu and Shembo trio that seems likely to top the depth chart. Angerer started 12 games over the last two seasons but wasn't very effective doing so, so he makes the most sense as a run-stopping, hard-tackling reserve, assuming he is fully healthy and ready to go.

This could wind up being the latest in a line of workouts with no signings to follow, but the team does have open roster spots and camp opens in three days. Don't be surprised to see Angerer looking for a shot in Atlanta as soon as this weekend.

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