Falcons special-teamer Eric Weems, who went to the Pro Bowl in 2010, made an instant impact in the game on Saturday.
After being released by Chicago, the Falcons signed Weems on Thursday.
“I thought Eric did a nice job,” Smith said. “He had an assist on a coverage play. He brought a lot of energy. I was impressed with the way the special teams bounced back.”
Weems played for the Bears for the past two seasons. He was originally signed by the Falcons as an undrafted college free agent out of Bethune-Cookman after the 2007 draft. He played five seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012.
Weems set a franchise record for the longest kick return touchdown in Falcons history with a 102-yard return at Tampa Bay in 2010.
“For Eric to come in and recall the things that we were doing two years ago, it shows a lot about his football intelligence,” Smith said.
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