Falcons Welcome Back Veteran Guard, Make Other Moves

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Getty Grady Jarrett #97, Steven Means #55 and Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrate sacking Teddy Bridgewater.

The Atlanta Falcons activated veteran left guard Josh Andrews from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday, November 30.

Andrews was placed on the list in Week 11, just before the Falcons’ 25-0 loss to the Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

He will be available this week when the Falcons face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

To make room for him, the Falcons released cornerback Chris Williamson, who could end up making his way to the practice squad.

The Falcons also designated veteran edge Steven Means to return from the injured reserve. Means was placed on the IR with a knee injury following the Falcons win over the Saints in Week 9. He will have 21 days to make his official return to the active roster.

So far this season, Means has recorded 19 tackles and a fumble return with eight starts.

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Falcons Week 13 Depth Chart vs. Buccaneers

The Falcons also released their depth chart agains the Bucs on Tuesday.

Here’s what it looks like:

OFFENSE

WR – Tajae Sharpe, Christian Blake
TE – Kyle Pitts, Parker Hesse
LT – Jake Matthews, Jason Spriggs
LG – Jaylen Mayfield, Josh Andrews
C – Matt Hennessy, Drew Dalman
RG – Chris Lindstrom, Drew Dalman
RT – Kaleb McGarry, Jason Spriggs, Colby Gossett
WR – Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Frank Darby
RB –  Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Wayne Gallman
TE-Lee Smith, Keith smith
FB – Keith Smith
QB – Matt Ryan, Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks

DEFENSE

DL – Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson
NT – Tyeler Davison, Anthony Rush, Ta’Quon Graham
L – Jonathan Bullard, Mike Pennel, John Cominsky
OLB – Dante Fowler, Brandon Copeland
ILB – Deion Jones, Mykal Walker
ILB – Foyesade Oluokun, Emmanuel Ellerbee
OLB – Adetokunbo Ogundeji, James Vaughters, Steven Means
LCB – A.J. Terrell, Darren Hall
FS – Erik Harris, Jaylinn Hawkins, Cordarrelle Patterson
SS – Duron Harmon, Richie Grant
RCB – Fabian Moreau, Avery Williams, Kendall Sheffield

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Younghoe Koo
P – Thomas Morstead, Dustin Colquitt (COVID list)
LS – Josh Harris
H – Thomas Morstead, Dustin Colquitt
PR – Avery Williams, Olamide Zaccheaus
KOR – Avery Williams, Cordarrelle Patterson

It’s worth noting that punter Dustin Colquitt is still on the COVID-19 list, meaning Thomas Morstead will continue to fulfill Colquitt’s duties until he can come back. The Falcons’ website also lists Mike Davis as the team’s No. 1 running back, but that will not be the case with the return of Cordarrelle Patterson.


The Falcons Are Rolling With the Rookie at LG

The Falcons are continuing to stick with the rookie left guard, Jalen Mayfield, over Josh Andrews.

Andrews, who was expected to be the starting left guard this season, has played just one game. As for Mayfield, he has started every game this season, even while clearly struggling at the position. But still, there have been some highlights for Mayfield, including his performance in the Falcons win over the Jaguars last week. Mayfield played a key role in helping to create holes for running back Cordarelle Patterson.

“Coach pointed out all week that we need to do better in the run game,” Patterson credited the offensive line for his career-high performance. “We all took it to heart and the offensive line, they came in and showed what they really can do. They really did.”

Overall, however, Mayfield has allowed the fourth-most pressures (42) among all offensive linemen across the league. We’ll see how many more chances head coach Arthur Smith and company give him.

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