The Falcons cut ties with UDFA offensive lineman Scottie Dill recently, leaving an opening on the roster. They’ve filled that opening with tackle Ka’John Armstrong, who the team had worked out on Thursday.
Atlanta’s added the 24-year-old former Browns, Jaguars, and Broncos practice squad lineman to replace Dill and add competition along the offensive line, per their announcement. This comes as the team increasingly gives Matt Gono reps at tackle in practice, leaving the picture at the position a little cloudy. Armstrong will hope to latch on as a practice squad candidate, more than likely, especially if the team is pivoting to giving Gono the swing tackle job.
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With no preseason games in 2020, the time normally spent preparing for games has been used to better look at potential roster and practice squad talent. The Atlanta Falcons in particular have very intriguing position battles at left guard and at swing tackle.
On Thursday afternoon, the Falcons brought in two offensive lineman for workouts as they look to add more depth along the offensive line which currently has seven offensive guards and five tackles.
#Falcons had OT Ka’John Armstrong and OG Willie Beavers in for tryouts.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) August 20, 2020
The offensive tackle the team brought in was 24-year-old Ka’John Armstrong. Armstrong went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan in 2019 and signed with the Cleveland Browns, only to be waived and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos later that season. After signing a futures contract with the Broncos, he was waived in April of this year.
Also brought in for a workout with the Falcons was offensive guard Willie Beavers. Unlike Armstrong, Beavers has some in-game experience as he suited up for the Minnesota Vikings in two games during the 2016 season. Since being drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Beavers has spent time on several different NFL practice squads, such as the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. Most recently, Beavers was a member of the XFL’s Dallas Renegades, where he started at left tackle.
At this time, neither Armstrong nor Beavers have signed with the Falcons who currently have a full roster of 80. With the noticeable focus along the offensive line, I’d keep an eye out for offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile, who was recently released by Washington. Pamphile spent the 2015-2017 seasons playing for Dirk Koetter in Tampa.