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Falcons Waive Roosevelt Nix-Jones Sign Safety Tyrell Johnson

The Falcons have cleared a roster spot by waiving fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones, and have signed safety Tyrell Johnson.

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The Falcons announced that they have waived fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones. Nix-Jones, a converted defensive lineman out of Kent State, was looking to challenge Patrick DiMarco for a roster spot, but DiMarco has performed very well throughout training camp.

The Falcons also announced that they have signed safety Tyrell Johnson. Johnson was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in Minnesota for four seasons, and was signed by the Lions for the last four games of the 2012 season. Johnson has started 23 of the 53 games he's played in over the course of his career, amassing 100 tackles, 26 assists, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed.

Safety depth is a significant concern for the Falcons with Dwight Lowery under the league's concussion protocol and Dezmen Southward's knee injury delaying his ability to get up to speed. The team is also cross-training cornerbacks, namely Robert McClain and Ricardo Allen, at safety.

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