Falcons Add Size to Defense, Send RB to IR

Caleb Huntley

Getty Falcons backup Feleipe Franks #15 of the Atlanta Falcons hands the ball off to Caleb Huntley #42 against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game.

The Atlanta Falcons have signed 6-foot-4,360-pound defensive tackle Anthony Rush to their practice squad ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants.

In a corresponding move, the Falcons sent running back Caleb Huntley to the injured reserve list.

The Falcons are solid in the backfield and will continue to roll with Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson as their lead backs. Meanwhile, Wayne Gallman and Qadree Ollison are left on as depth on the practice squad.

Rush originally joined the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2019 and has spent some time with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans as well. In 15 NFL games, Rush has tallied 14 combined tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, a half sack and two pass deflections.

Check out this 2019 clip of Rush:

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Dean Pees on Falcons’ Defense Performance: “Do Your Job”

The Falcons’ defense has struggled since Week 1, but especially against mobile quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Philadephia Eagles.

On Sunday, the Falcons take on another mobile quarterback in Giants’ QB Daniel Jones. Pees was asked if facing Hurts would benefit the Falcons at all.

“The only benefit I see in it is how bad we played it the first time around,” said Pees said via Sports Illustrated. “Hopefully we learned our lesson to do what we’re supposed to do and not try do something we’re not supposed to do. Not do somebody else’s job.”

“Do your job.”

Due to the Falcons’ poor performance vs. Philly, Hurts was 27 of 35 passing for 264 yards and had three touchdowns. He also added 62 yards on seven carries rushing.

Pees also added that the Falcons can’t try to trick the Giants’ offensive line.

“There’s never going to be a time, trust me,” Pees said. “When we play a running quarterback that’s RPOs (run or pass option) or zone read that we’re not going to have somebody on the quarterback even though it looked like that was the case [against the Eagles].”

We’ll see if the Falcons against the Giants can turn things around on Sunday afternoon.


Falcons Depth Chart vs. Giants

The Falcons could be down two key players against the Giants due to injuries in wide receiver Russell Gage and cornerback A.J. Terrell.

For now, this is what the Falcons depth chart vs. NY looks like:

Offense

QB: Matt Ryan, Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks
RB: Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Wayne Gallman
WR: Calvin Ridley, Tajae Sharpe or Christian Blake
WR: Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby
TE: Kyle Pitts, Lee Smith
TE: Hayden Hurst, Keith Smith, Parker Hesse
LT: Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs
LG: Jalen Mayfield, Drew Dalman, Colby Gossett
C: Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Drew Dalman
RT: Kaleb McGary, Jason Spriggs

Defense

DL: Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson
DL: Tyeler Davison, Ta’Quon Graham
DL: Jonathan Bullard, John Cominsky
OLB: Steven Means, Brandon Copeland or Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
LB: Deion Jones, Mykal Walker
LB: Foyesade Oluokun, Dorian Etheridge
OLB: Dante Fowler Jr., Adetokunbo Ogundeji
CB: A.J. Terrell, T.J. Green, Darren Hall or Avery Williams
CB: Fabian Moreau, Isaiah Oliver
S: Erik Harris, Jaylinn Hawkins
S: Duron Harmon, Richie Grant

Special Teams

K: Younghoe Koo
P: Cameron Nizialek
LS: Josh Harris
H: Cameron Nizialek
PR: Avery Williams
KOR: Cordarrelle Patterson

 

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