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Falcons flex LB Edmond Robinson and DE Austin Edwards to the roster for Week 7

Robinson has become a popular player for the coaching staff, while Edwards is up for the first time.

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The Falcons have the option every week of flexing two practice squad players to the active roster, something they take advantage of every single week. This week is no exception, with one new name and one very familiar one.

This time out, it’s Edmond Robinson and Austin Edwards, providing some critical depth at linebacker and defensive end for the game ahead.

Robinson has played in three games thus far in 2020, playing 6% of the defensive snaps and 20% of the special teams snaps. He’s compiled three tackles and one quarterback hit (the one in the picture above) and has looked solid against the run in his limited time on the roster. The fact that he’s a quality special teams contributor and reliable veteran overall makes him a player the coaching staff clearly likes to have on the roster, and eventually they may choose to just add him to the 53 man.

Edwards, meanwhile, is a rookie defensive end who had a fine summer and has since bounced on and off the practice squad. This will be the first game where he suits up for the Falcons, and he’ll provide depth along a thinned-out defensive line that may be missing Takk McKinley and will be missing John Cominsky and Marlon Davidson. He had a nice career in college as a pass rusher and will get a chance, however small, to show his ability against the Lions.

Hopefully both players contribute tomorrow.