FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Falcons released former Georgia wide receiver Fred Gibson today in a move that Atlanta coach Bobby Petrino called "a football decision."
Gibson, the second-leading receiver in Bulldogs history, was just the second player to lose a job since the Falcons opened training camp on Thursday.
Receiver Fred Amey was the first, but the coaching staff had previously expressed hopes that Gibson could earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but the Waycross native didn't even make it to the team's fourth practice.
Petrino and general manager Rich McKay both declined to say specifically what transpired with Gibson, who has yet to play in in the N-F-L since Pittsburgh drafted him in the fourth round of 2005. Gibson spent the last two years on Miami's practice squad.
He signed with the Dolphins two days after the Steelers released him before the start of his rookie season. In four years at Georgia, Gibson started 34 of 45 games he played in and caught passes for two-thousand-884 yards and 20 touchdowns. Gibson also briefly played basketball for the Bulldogs.
The Falcons still have four Bulldogs on the roster, defensive Nic Clemons, tight end Martrez Milner, quarterback D-J Shockley and linebacker Tony Taylor.