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Falcons sign two draft picks and release two players

POSTED: June 17, 2009 12:57 a.m.
FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons signed third round draft pick cornerback Christopher Owens and fifth round selection offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The Falcons also released offensive lineman Renardo Foster and kicker/punter Robbie Dehaze.

Owens, 5-9, 181 pounds, graduated from San Jose University and finished his collegiate career with 228 tackles (132 solo), 13 interceptions, 20 passes defensed, one sack and seven tackles for loss. His 13 interceptions rank fourth on the school’s career records list. Last season Owens earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors after finishing the season with 68 tackles, eight passes defensed and one interception.

Reynolds, 6-7, 310 pounds, was voted a second-team All-ACC selection by the Associated Press and a first-team all-conference pick by The ACC Sports Journal following his senior season at the University of North Carolina. He competed in 45 games on the offensive line (starting in 31) and was the starter for his junior and senior campaigns. Reynolds’ size, agility and work ethic allowed him to be consistently graded out as the Tar Heels’ top offensive lineman.


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