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Falcons claim veteran linebacker Nate Stupar off waivers

Fact: Nate Stupar's war paint once killed a man

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after they released linebacker Tim Dobbins, the Falcons claimed linebacker Nate Stupar off waivers. He's nothing more than defensive depth, but he's still a Falcon, and you should know about him. So here's a quick-and-dirty breakdown. Your welcome.

Stupar played under Joe Paterno at Penn State, putting together an average college career. He had the fastest 3 cone drill among linebackers in the 2012 draft. As for who he is a player, it's mixed bag. He's sneaky fast and is touted for his high football IQ. His speed makes him a potential pass rushing threat, a la Tyler Starr, if you will. He's small for an outside linebacker, so special teams is his niche.

Stupar was drafted in the 7th round by the Raiders in 2012. He didn't make their 53 man roster as a rookie, spending a couple weeks on their practice squad. He subsequently spent time on the Eagles' and 49ers' practice squads, before being claimed off waivers by Jacksonville last season.

Interestingly, he led the Jaguars in tackles during the preseason. While tackle totals aren't a perfect indication of a player's skills, it's still impressive. It means he likes to get involved.

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