Keith Smith was one of the first players to hit the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Falcons, as he hit the list along with Jamal Carter back on July 29. Now two weeks or so later, Smith is cleared, and we’re just waiting to see when Carter will return.
Per Keith Smith’s Instagram and thanks to the eagle-eyed Evan Birchfield, Smith is back in the facility as of today. I’d expect an official announcement sometime today, and I believe the roster currently has one open spot, so there likely won’t be a move until they bring back Carter and/or sign Luke Stocker, as they’re expected to do shortly.
UPDATE: It appears the team has cuts ties with cornerback C.J. Reavis, who was competing for a practice squad spot at a pretty deep CB position.
We have waived DB CJ Reavis.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 13, 2020
Smith will head into the season as the team’s starting fullback, and he’s back in time to knock some offseason rust off in practice. A potent blocker, Smith will pave the way for Todd Gurley and company on the 25-40% of offensive snaps where Dirk Koetter decides to roll out a fullback. Smith is also a core special teamer and will get plenty of run there, especially with the team turning over some core special teamers this past offseason.
It’s yet another bit of small good news for this Falcons team with weeks to go until the season starts. Let’s hope everyone stays healthy, and welcome Smith back!