Earlier in the day we received word that the Falcons had signed defensive end Steven Means and linebacker Corey Nelson to the active roster, and as the afternoon wears on the moves continue to roll in.
The Falcons have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keith Tandy, presumably to add some depth and intrigue to the strong safety spot in the wake of Keanu Neal’s injury.
Tandy is a familiar face in Atlanta, as he spent six seasons in the Bucs’ defensive backfield before being released prior to this season. He’s a sturdy enough player, with his highlight season coming in 2016 where he tallied 46 tackles and four interceptions. Keith Tandy is an interesting addition to a safety position where the options for Keanu Neal’s replacement continue to evolve, and he was well-known during his stint in Tampa Bay for being a useful special teamer. He’ll be the fourth safety in Atlanta, more than likely.
In corresponding moves, the Falcons also waived cornerback Deante Burton and long-snapper Jeff Overbaugh, and assigned wide receiver Christian Blake to the practice squad.
Blake was an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois, where he reeled in 84 passes for 979 yards and six touchdowns.
With Keanu Neal’s season-ending injury and Deion Jones’ ailing foot, the Falcons are clearly not content heading into the week without some added depth. We’ll see how the team plans to utilize Tandy’s services on Sunday.