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Falcons release safety Zeke Motta

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The 6-foot-2 defensive back will not be a part of the Dan Quinn era.

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The Falcons today announced that they have released safety Zeke Motta. The Notre Dame alumnus was a seventh round draft choice (244th overall) by Atlanta in 2013.

Motta, 24, appeared in 10 games as a rookie, registering 16 tackles (nine solo) and one pass deflection. Unfortunately, his first professional campaign was cut short when he suffered a cervical fracture against Green Bay -- an injury that required neck surgery to fix. Given the severity of this procedure, he had to sit out all of 2014, as well.

With a big frame, sound tackling mechanics and noteworthy athleticism, Motta had some nice potential when he joined the Falcons organization. Hopefully he can return to full health and succeed elsewhere.