Falcons add depth at RB by signing veteran Evan Royster

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released offensive tackle DeMarcus Love and signed three players, including running back Evan Royster.

Royster, a sixth-round draft pick by the Redskins in 2011, adds depth to a position depleted by injuries. Running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman and, most recently, Antone Smith have suffered hamstring injuries. Smith was hurt while scoring a touchdown in the Falcons' 31-24 preseason win over Tennessee on Friday night.

Royster ran for 416 yards on 81 carries while with the Redskins from 2011-13.

Love, listed as the third-team right tackle, played as a backup against the Titans.

The Falcons also signed cornerback Travis Howard and linebacker Terrell Manning. Howard most recently spent time on the Giants' practice squad.


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