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Falcons add a third quarterback to the practice squad, cut DT Taniela Tupou

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Trevor Knight, a 2017 UDFA, is the emergency quarterback now.

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The Falcons passed less than 24 hours before they made their first change to their 2017 practice squad, cutting ties with defensive tackle Taniel Tupou and adding former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trevor Knight to the mix. We had wondered when they’d add a third quarterback to the practice squad, given that it’s standard practice across most of the NFL.

Knight, 23, is an athletic passer who moves well in the pocket, avoids turnovers, and certainly has potential. He had several knocks coming out of college, most of which concerned his accuracy and mechanics, and that probably led to him falling all the way out of the draft. It would be hugely problematic for Atlanta if he ever had to get on the field in 2017, but as a developmental prospect, he’s at least moderately intriguing.

Why Knight? If you’ll recall, the team placed Matt Simms on injured reserve as part of their final cutdowns, cutting ties with undrafted rookie free agent Alek Torgersen around the same time. Simms will be shelved all season, in all likelihood, while Torgersen was signed to the Redskins practice squad.

Tupou, meanwhile, was one of two defensive tackles the team kept around after cutting ties with Ra’Shede Hageman. The team will go forward with Dontari Poe, Grady Jarrett, and a raft of inside/outside players available on the active roster, and with veteran defensive tackle Joe Vellano on the practice squad in case injuries pile up.

Welcome to Trevor Knight, fond farewells to Taniela Tupou.