After making moves earlier in the week, the Atlanta Falcons shortened their roster to the mandatory 80 players they could have in camp without splitting the team into two parts. The team had three players in fullback Keith Smith, safety Jamal Carter and defensive tackle Tyeler Davison remaining on the team’s COVID-19/reserve list.
On Wednesday afternoon, the team announced that Davison was activated to the roster and they have waived linebacker Ahmad Thomas to keep the team at 80 players.
We have activated DT Tyeler Davison from the reserve/COVID-19 list and have waived LB Ahmad Thomas. https://t.co/NLguRIJS0m— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 5, 2020
Thomas went undrafted in 2017 and spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts prior to joining the Falcons last October. The 25-year-old appeared in two games for the Colts in 2018, playing 15 snaps on defense and 21 snaps on special teams. Thomas was eventually promoted to the Falcons’ active roster in December of last year, where he recorded one tackle.
It’s good to see Davison back with the team, as he either tested positive for COVID-19 or was being quarantined for possible contact with someone who had it. Either way, it’s an implication that he’s healthy and able to rejoin the team as he’s expected to again play a big part on the defensive line this season.
With Jamal Carter and Keith Smith still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team will need to eventually release two more players to maintain the 80-player roster. We’ll wait for those corresponding moves and see what cuts are made at the appropriate time.