The Falcons didn’t have to wait long for players to land on the league’s new reserve/COVID-19 list, as several players were placed there for contracting COVID-19 or having close contact with someone who did basically right after they arrived at training camp. It took a few weeks, but for the moment, there now are now Atlanta players on the list.
The last one to be activated is safety Jamal Carter, who was also one of the first ones to be placed on the list in the first place. The Falcons announced the move this morning.
We have activated S Jamal Carter from the reserve/COVID-19 list. https://t.co/RK505hB5Bv— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 18, 2020
Carter, 26, is a player we’re legitimately interested to hear about for the rest of training camp. He’s re-joining a crowded safety group where Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee, and rookie Jaylinn Hawkins are probably all locked in, leaving at most one spot open for him. He’s obviously working from a bit of a disadvantage because he’s missed so much camp, but Carter did show solid run stopping chops last year in the 10% of snaps he played in 11 games, and he was a useful special teamer who took 41% of the snaps there. At worst, he’s probably a strong contender for a practice squad spot, where he’s essentially competing with Chris Cooper.
Welcome back, Jamal Carter!