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Falcons promote RB Jeremy Langford, fill out practice squad

In wake of Ito Smith’s IR placement, we have moves to consider.

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The Atlanta Falcons officially placed RB Ito Smith on injured reserve this week, and made a few corresponding moves Tuesday to settle the numbers.

The team signed journeyman Jeremy Langford off the practice squad to fill the void Smith left on the roster, and added WR Christian Blake and OL Chris Durant to the practice squad.

They also waived WR Julian Williams from the scrimmage unit.

Langford was a 2015 Bears draft pick who did well at the start of his career before falling behind quickly in Chicago. He then bounced around the league trying to find solid footing, and has now landed in Atlanta.

He will probably contribute most on special teams, but could get reps behind Tevin Coleman and Brian Hill.

Blake was with the Falcons over the summer before being released, and makes for the second receiver on the practice squad outside of Devin Gray. Durant was a Chargers UDFA who ultimately didn’t make it out in LA.

Our sister blog Bolts from the Blue did a write-up about the William and Mary alum in May.

A few late-season moves to fill the gaps left open by injury, we’ll see if any of these guys can create some interest in their time here. We also wish Williams well in his future pursuits.

Langford is the most promising, so we’ll see if he gets some playing time when the team heads to Carolina this week.