Falcons add 4 more assistant coaches

Falcons tight end Justin Peelle is dragged down after his one catch of the day for 9 yards.
Falcons tight end Justin Peelle is dragged down after his one catch of the day for 9 yards.

Credit: Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

Credit: Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com

Former Falcons tight end Justin Peelle was named the team’s new tight ends coach Saturday.

Peelle, who played for the Falcons from 2008-10, had been an assistant coach with the Eagles since 2013. He played in the NFL from 2002-12.

Also, Gary Emanuel was named the defensive line coach, Steve Hoffman a senior assistant and Matt Pees, son of the team’s defensive coordinator, a defensive assistant.

Emanuel, who has coached in the NFL for 10 seasons, was with the Giants in 2018-19. He also coached with the Colts (2012-17).

Hoffman, a long-time kicking and special-teams coach, started with the Cowboys in 1989.

Hoffman was most recently special-teams coordinator for the Titans in 2017. He also has worked with the Raiders and Chiefs, and he was assistant special-teams coach for the Falcons in 2006.

Pees was a defensive quality-control coach for the Titans in 2017 and 2018. He was the head football coach at Findlay (Ohio) High in 2020.

Falcons’ 2021 draft position

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

2. New York Jets

3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston)

4. Falcons

5. Cincinnati Bengals

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