FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. –- The Atlanta Falcons announced that Billy Devaney and Russ Bolinger are joining the organization as player personnel scouts on Wednesday.

Both men were previously with the St. Louis Rams front office. Devaney was the club’s general manager while Bolinger served as a national scout.

“Billy and Russ are experienced talent evaluators and I am pleased to add them to our personnel department,” said Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff in the team release. “I have had a great working relationship with Billy over the years and have always respected his approach to scouting.”

“Russ and I worked closely together in Detroit and developed a great professional and personal relationship,” added Dimitroff. “I am confident that by adding Billy and Russ we have made our personnel department better.”

Devaney was as an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Insiders last year, but returns to the Falcons staff after serving as general manager of the Rams from 2008-2011.

Prior to that, he served two seasons in the Atlanta front office as assistant general manager and senior personnel executive. Devaney has also worked as a pro personnel assistant with the San Francisco 49ers as well as the director of player personnel with the San Diego Chargers. He began his scouting career with the Washington Redskins in 1979.

Bolinger worked under Devaney in St. Louis and has likewise spent time with the Redskins as a national scout. He was also a college scout, college scouting director and college scouting coordinator for the Lions, where he worked with Dimitroff in from 1996-1997.

Though Bolinger’s scouting career began in 1994 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he also enjoyed a 10-year playing career as an offensive lineman for the Lions and the Los Angeles Rams.

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