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Falcons work out linebacker Davis Tull

He’s got some pass rushing chops, and could fill one of the now-vacant spots on this Falcons’ practice squad.

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The Falcons let go of Falcoholic favorite Nordly Capi and cornerback Devonte Johnson today, which means there are two vacant practice squad spots that will be filled in the very near future. Expect one of them to be filled by Davis Tull.

Tull, 24, is a former Saint (blergh) who was a fifth round pick in 2015. He graded out well as an athlete, and is a rangy linebacker who produced at the collegiate level, but he hasn’t shown much as a pass rusher (or an NFL player, given that he’s out of work in the second year of his career). He was lauded for his hand usage, quick twitch athleticism, and explosiveness off the snap, but scouts didn’t love how easily he was taken out of the play, and apparently neither did the Saints. Given some of those measurables, though, it’s not stunning that Dan Quinn would want to take a look.

As a practice squad option for the Falcons, Tull makes some sense as a future role player who can rush the passer and may, with time, be able to become an asset on special teams. You’re not looking at a linebacker who is particularly likely to ever crack the starting lineup, but with Sean Weatherspoon, Philip Wheeler, and LaRoy Reynolds all on one year deals, Tull could get a look in 2017 if he can show this staff something.

Now we’ll just have to see if he signs.