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Falcons sign LB Edmond Robinson to active roster to fill Takk McKinley’s spot

The veteran has earned the spot with quality special teams play.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta has made a habit of protecting or calling up linebacker Edmond Robinson this year, as the veteran and former AAF and XFLer has proven to be a valuable special teamer and useful reserve defender when called upon. His hard work is paying off, because instead of parachuting on and off the roster each week as he sticks on the practice squad, Robinson has been added to the 53 man roster.

Robinson is taking the roster spot spot vacated by Takk McKinley, who the team announced they would be waiving yesterday.

Robinson has played 5% of the defensive snaps and 27% of the special teams snaps thus far in 2020, posting seven tackles and a quarterback hit. It’s not clear what will happen to his snaps now that he’s on the active roster—it’s possible he’ll have inactive a handful of times the rest of the way—but his special teams value and the fact that he did some good work as a pass rusher in the XFL might mean the Falcons find a way to work him into the lineup on a more regular basis.

Congratulations to Robinson, and we’ll see who the team signs to the practice squad to take his spot.