Day: March 21, 2017

Atlanta Falcons sign three players

atlanta falconsRelease from the Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons have signed fullback Derrick Coleman, guard Hugh Thornton, and fullback Soma Vainuku.

Coleman and Vainuku are being brought in to fill a void at the fullback position and to compete for the starting fullback spot. Coleman was signed by the Minnesota Vikings following the 2012 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in December of 2012. Coleman played in 31 games with seven starts for the Seahawks and has 11 career receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also has 10 career rushing attempts for 35 yards.

Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Illinois. The former Fighting Illini played in 37 games for the Colts, with 32 starts. During his three years with the team, he has switched between playing left and right guard.

Vainuku was signed by the Texans following the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California. As stated earlier, Vainuku was brought in to fill a void at the fullback position and to compete for the starting job.

Atlanta Dream Sign Darxia Morris to Training Camp Contract

Atlanta Dream logoRelease from the Atlanta Dream:

The Atlanta Dream have signed guard Darxia Morris to a training camp contract, the team announced Monday.

Morris, who originally signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Sparks before the start of the 2014 WNBA season, played in four games with the Sparks, where she averaged 1.5 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 7.8 minutes. In 2015, she signed a training camp contract with the Minnesota Lynx.

The 5-8 guard out of UCLA started all 33 games for the Bruins her senior year averaging 12.2 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 2011. Highly accomplished, she was honored with First-Team All-Pac-10 honors, Pac-10 All-Tournament and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive honors after leading the Bruins to a 28-5 finish.

The Dream home opener is scheduled for Sunday, May 21 against the visiting Chicago Sky.