Just when you think the Atlanta Falcons couldn’t possibly add another offensive lineman to their roster, they turn around and surprise you.
The team has added yet another tackle to its summer field. This time, it’s 2017 UDFA Dieugot Joseph.
Joseph entered the NFL from FIU in 2017 and has spent time with the Bears, Jets, Vikings and Ravens in his brief two-year career. He’s not made an active 53-man roster just yet and will be trying to do so for the first time with the Falcons.
His signing indicates the Falcons are going to throw as many darts against the wall with this position group to find the best candidates. The tackle group features Jake Matthews, Kaleb McGary and Ty Sambrailo as roster locks, but also has competition spots for Matt Gono, UDFAs Devon Johnson, Jaelin Robinson, Lanard Bonner and now, Joseph.
The team has plenty of guys to choose from for the roster’s last tackle spot (we’re assuming they’ll keep more than just a swing tackle as depth), so we’ll see who emerges, who makes the practice squad, and who will be the odd men out.
We welcome Joseph to the competition, and wish him all the best as he tries to latch on with Atlanta. Anything can happen once training camp gets going, so perhaps Joseph could surprise once the pads get hitting.
Update: The Falcons released UDFA tackle Devon Johnson to make some room, and signed DE Austin Larkin to replace Steven Means. Larkin was called a “sleeper” for the Dallas Cowboys in camp last year but did not make the final roster.