Falcons sign guard, two fullbacks


The Falcons signed guard Hugh Thornton, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, and fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku on Tuesday.

Thornton, 25, was a third-round pick (86th overall) out of Illinois in the 2013 draft. Thornton has started 32 games for the Colts. He missed last season with a foot injury.

The Falcons haven’t re-signed starting right guard Chris Chester, who’s contemplating retirement. Ben Garland and Wes Schweitzer were next up on the depth chart behind Chester.

The Falcons didn’t re-sign Patrick DiMarco in free agency and didn’t have any fullbacks on the roster.

Coleman was signed by Minnesota following the 2012 draft. He played in 31 games with seven starts for Seattle and has 11 career receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also has 10 career rushing attempts for 35 yards.

Vainuku signed with Houston out of USC after the 2016 draft.



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