Falcons special-teams ace Weems shines

Weems recorded six tackles on special teams to become the 11th player since 1994 to reach that mark in a game, according to Stats LLC. Weems had all but four of the Falcons’ total special-teams tackles against the Panthers.

Weems’ six special-teams tackles are the most in a game since Mike Tolbert had six for the Chargers in 2011, according to Stats. Jerald Sowell set the NFL record for special teams tackles in a game when he had seven for Jets against the Patriots on Oct. 15, 2000.

“He was a one-man tackling machine,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

The Falcons signed Weems in August to shore up their special teams. He had played for the Falcons from 2007 to 2011 before joining the Bears in 2012. The Falcons signed Weems soon after the Bears released him this year.

Weems also played 24 percent of the offensive snaps (18) against the Panthers but was not targeted with a pass.

“He is a very good wide receiver and has a skill set we like in certain situations,” Smith said.

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