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Falcons keeping Palmer

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Michael Palmer wasn't drafted and maybe that wasn't a bad thing at all. He got his choice of NFL teams as a free agent and he definitely picked the right one.

The Parkview graduate made his hometown team on Saturday as the Falcons announced their moves to get down the 53-man limit for the start of the season.

Palmer, a rookie from Clemson, beat out Keith Zinger and Robbie Agnone for the third tight end spot behind Tony Gonzalez and Justin Peelle after an impressive preseason in which he caught eight passes. He grabbed five for 45 yards in the Falcons final exhibition Thursday night in Jacksonville.

Chevis Jackson, who was the team's nickelback for most of the past two seasons, was released in final cuts. So was backup center Brett Romberg.

Among the other cuts was wide receiver Troy Bergeron, a former standout with the Georgia Force in the Arena Football League.

Palmer, who is 6-foot-5 and now weighs 260 pounds, wasn't drafted despite a senior season at Clemson in which he caught 43 passes -- more than his first three years combined. But he signed with the Falcons and started making a good impression in offseason workouts.

The Falcons, who finished the preseason 2-2, open the season at Pittsburgh on Sept. 12. The home opener is Sept. 19 against Arizona.