The Atlanta Falcons got a little crazy with the cuts a few days ago, and actually cut one too many players. With only a 52 man roster, the rumor has been the team would sign a veteran after game one, when base deals are no longer guaranteed. If you thought, “hey, they could probably have anyone on the active roster, just in case,” then you would be right.
Dan Quinn may have kept the spot open in case they needed to promote Jeff Overbaugh in for an injured Josh Harris. After today’s practice, the team filled that last roster spot.
For the uninitiated, Deante Burton was a former wide receiver in college, and is going through the Dan Quinn cornerback transformation. We saw some success from C.J. Goodwin, briefly, after making the same position switch. He’s got great speed for a 6-foot-2 corner, but obviously his role would be best as spot duty on defense, or more likely on special teams. He was on the team’s practice squad last year, so Quinn definitely likes his potential.
On Thursday night, Burton will almost certainly be inactive. Blidi Wreh-Wilson did not participate today, and Isaiah Oliver was limited with an ankle injury. Burton is probably just providing some depth. After Atlanta can sign a veteran without guaranteeing their salary, there’s a good chance that Burton drops back down to the practice squad. If Harris is indeed healthy, Atlanta will almost have their complete team at 100%, while the Philadelphia Eagles will be short Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, and perhaps a few other impact players.