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Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims signed to Atlanta Falcons practice squad

Former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims (No. 6) celebrates 2014 SEC Championship Game win over Missouri: Jason Getz - USA TODAY Sports

Blake Sims will have another opportunity in the National Football League.

The ex-Alabama quarterback and 2014 Southeastern Conference champion was signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad as a running back on Tuesday, per the team’s social media handle.

Head coach Dan Quinn and Atlanta made room for the Georgia native by waiving running back Gus Johnson. Sims was not selected through seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft, but he did earn a tryout for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. After being turned down by both franchises, Sims turned to Canadian Football—where he was signed by the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was released from the Roughriders on Dec. 15, 2015 and despite his attempt at the National Gridiron League falling through, his primary goal has resurfaced.

Sims left Alabama as its single season passing record holder in 2014, totaling 3,487 yards and 35 touchdowns (10 rushing). He was a member on two national championship teams (2011, 2012).

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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