The Atlanta Falcons have a pretty terrific set of defensive tackles with Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe as starters, and Ra’Shede Hageman, Jack Crawford, and Courtney Upshaw offer solid depth. The Falcons are still looking for another dedicated big dude, however.
Why do I say that? Because they reportedly hosted Sean Lissemore, a 29-year-old, 303 pound defensive tackle who has six-plus years of experience in the NFL. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Former Cowboys, Chargers DL Sean Lissemore is visiting the Falcons today. Team still looking for depth on the line.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 17, 2017
Lissemore did not get into a game in 2016, from what I can tell, but he has extensive experience and has started over 20 games in the NFL, accumulating a total of 6.5 sacks and 135 tackles. He also, awesomely, has a defensive touchdown in his career.
The Falcons are exceptionally deep along the defensive line, but they’re primarily deep with defensive ends who can also play some defensive tackles. Lissemore, if he joined the roster, would be the de facto fourth or fifth defensive tackle (depending on whether they view Crawford as purely an inside guy), and thus would not be called upon to do much unless the team suffered an injury. He’s a solid, experienced player, however, and the Falcons can always use more of those.
The Falcons will need to clear someone else out to make room for Lissemore if they do sign him, so stay tuned to see what happens.