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Falcons sign fullback Collin Mooney; Patrick DiMarco eyes him warily

The former Titans fullback will join Atlanta and compete for the starting fullback gig.

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The Falcons are trying to inject competition into nearly every level of their roster. Even fullback.

Mooney was present at last week's minicamp and must have shown enough to warrant another look. The 29-year-old has played in 14 games in his career after going undrafted in 2012, all of them with the Tennessee Titans from 2012-2013. He was released during August cuts last year and never did latch on with another team. If you're wondering why he's older despite only playing two years in the NFL, it's because Mooney went to Army and served in the military after finishing his college career back in 2008.

Because of his lack of playing time, Mooney's somewhat of a mystery, but he was a big, powerful runner in college who put up 1,339 yards in his senior season, and he displayed decent hands in his limited opportunities in the pros. He may not be able to unseat the versatile Patrick DiMarco, but Mooney got a multi-year deal from the Falcons and should be able to compete on even footing, at the very least. It's worth noting that Mooney also played linebacker in college, though it's a stretch to think he'd be converting there in the pros at age 29.

Regardless of how this one ends up, let's welcome Mooney warmly.