FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ The Falcons released former Georgia
wide receiver Fred Gibson Saturday in a move that Atlanta coach Bobby Petrino called ``a football decision.''
Gibson, the second-leading receiver in Bulldogs history, was
just the second player to lose a job since the Falcons opened
training camp on Thursday.
Receiver Fred Amey was the first, but the coaching staff had
previously expressed hopes that Gibson could earn a spot on the
53-man roster, but the Waycross native didn't even make it to the
team's fourth practice.
Petrino and general manager Rich McKay both declined to say
specifically what transpired with Gibson, who has yet to play in in
the N-F-L since Pittsburgh drafted him in the fourth round of 2005.
Gibson spent the last two years on Miami's practice squad. He
signed with the Dolphins two days after the Steelers released him
before the start of his rookie season.
In four years at Georgia, Gibson started 34 of 45 games he
played in and caught passes for two-thousand-884 yards and 20
touchdowns. Gibson also briefly played basketball for the Bulldogs.
The Falcons still have four Bulldogs on the roster, defensive
Nic Clemons, tight end Martrez Milner, quarterback D-J Shockley and
linebacker Tony Taylor.
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