Falcons bolster secondary depth with 2 free-agent signings

April 8, 2014 

The Atlanta Falcons announced the acquisition of two free agents on Tuesday: Safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson.

Lowery is a former fourth-round pick (2008) of the New York Jets, but was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. He started the first three games of the season in 2013 before a concussion landed him on the injured reserve list. He started nine games in 2012 and 13 in 2011.

The 28-year-old Lowery is a free safety known more as a run stopper than for his coverage skills. As the Falcons’ depth chart stacks at this moment, he’d likely be the starting free safety. But there’s an enormous amount of time between now and Week 1 of the regular season.

Wilson has spent seven seasons in the NFL, three with the Seattle Seahawks, one with the Baltimore Ravens and three, most recently, with the Washington Redskins. He started all 16 games at cornerback for the Redskins in 2013 and picked off one pass and broke up seven more.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson played 526 snaps in coverage last season and allowed 46 receptions for 607 yards and five touchdowns. He was the league’s 29th-ranked cover corner.

Wilson should come in and slide into the fourth corner role with Atlanta. He may have an outside chance of pushing Robert McClain for time as the nickel corner.

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