Atlanta Falcons Claim LB Nate Stupar, Release Tim Dobbins


The Atlanta Falcons have claimed linebacker Nate Stupar off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a league source.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Stupar will immediately join the 53 man roster. Tim Dobbins, veteran linebacker, has been released according to Dobbins’ agent David Canter.

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Stupar was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Penn State University. He has flipped through many teams including the Raiders, Eagles, 49ers, Jaguars, and now the Atlanta Falcons. 

He will probably be an immediate plug up on special teams, rotating in once in a while at linebacker. A diamond in the rough? Maybe. Stupar was known to have a lot of potential when he was signed.

While the signing may interest some fans, it is still a bit of a head scratcher. Dobbins has had his moments, especially when he was with the Houston Texans.

During the divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, he stuffed Ray Rice on fourth-and-goal to preserve a goal-line stand. However, the Texans lost 20-13. Also, after starting linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL in week 5 of the 2012 season, Dobbins took his spot in the starting lineup.