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Falcons bring back CB Tyler Hall to practice squad, release DE Austin Edwards

The timing of this move is unusual, to say the least.

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The Falcons have been aggressive and active about re-shuffling their practice squad per their needs. That shuffling doesn’t appear to be slowing down as we close in on the Bears game this Sunday, as the team has now made multiple moves to shore up positions on the practice squad and add players of interest to them.

That continued today, as the team brought back recently released cornerback Tyler Hall and released defensive end Austin Edwards.

This is a mild surprise for a few reasons. The first is that the team already has two cornerbacks on its practice squad, with rookie Delrick Abrams Jr. being joined by veteran corner D.J. White earlier this week. The second is that the team currently is carrying zero defensive ends on its practice squad despite injuries to Takk McKinley and Dante Fowler Jr. looming ahead of this weekend, which means they’re either confident those players are available or they’re planning to roll with some combination of Steven Means, Allen Bailey, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Charles Harris. Edwards could be back—heck, Hall is back—but the timing makes the move a little surprising.

Hall is a player worth holding on to, so I’m glad he’s back. The 5’8” cornerback combines good speed and physicality with experience and proven success as a returner, though he did not really figure in the returner battle this summer. Long-term, with Darqueze Dennard and Blidi Wreh-Wilson on one year deals and Oliver entering the final year of his deal in 2021, Hall and Abrams could figure into the back end of the cornerback depth chart sooner than later if they stick around.

Welcome Hall back and we’ll see if Edwards re-joins at some point, as well.