Laquon Treadwell has been on the practice squad much of the year after losing his roster battle to the likes of Olamide Zaccheaus, Brandon Powell, and Christian Blake. Having a proven veteran option in case of injury is a nice luxury of an expanded practice squad, even if the team hasn’t needed him to this point, and Treadwell may still be called upon at some point to contribute. It just won’t be in the next couple of weeks, because he’s headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
In a corresponding move, the Falcons picked up linebacker Jake Carlock, who they’ve sniffed around in the recent past. The team worked out Carlock last week and also had him in for a workout back in early October, ultimately electing to sign James Burgess instead. Burgess spent about ten days on the practice squad before the Packers signed him away, and now Carlock will get his chance to prove he warrants long-term inclusion on the practice squad. The 24-year-old linebacker has yet to play in an NFL game but has bounced around various practice squads, and while he’s likely only here until Treadwell comes off the reserve/COVID-19 list, an opportunity is an opportunity.
We’ll hope Treadwell is well and back soon, and hopefully Carlock can show the Falcons something.