Falcons sign AJ Jefferson

10 September 2016: Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive lineman A.J. Jefferson (47) celebrates after recording a sack of South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Perry Orth (10) during the Mississippi State Bulldogs 27-14 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire).
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The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive lineman A.J. Jefferson, according to Kelsey Conway of the team’s official website. In order to make room for Jefferson, the Falcons have waived wide receiver Bra’Lon Cherry.

Jefferson, who played his collegiate football at Mississippi State, went undrafted but signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent back in May. However, just last week, the Rams waived Jefferson. The 24-year-old had a solid four-year career at Mississippi State. During his first year with the Bulldogs, he played in 11 games and finished with 20 total tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. The following season, his production increased, as Jefferson registered 28 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks. two more forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 12 contests.

He then enjoyed his most productive year during his junior campaign, racking up 47 stops, 13.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble and three pass defenses. Jefferson finished out his collegiate career by totaling 30 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery during his senior season.

Cherry attended North Carolina State, and like Jefferson, he also went undrafted this past spring. He played four years of college ball, catching 30 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns during his final season with the Wolfpack last year. Over all four seasons, Cherry totaled 87 receptions, 1,144 yards and six scores.

The Falcons have lost the team’s first three preseason games. The NFC South franchise will play its exhibition finale on Thursday evening when Atlanta hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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