Earlier this morning, we wrote about a few interesting free agent fits for the Falcons, should they free up enough money to pursue them. They certainly don’t need to do that right now to fill out their 90 man roster, because they just plugged the last available spot by claiming former Cowboys and Cardinals tackle William Sweet.
Per NFLTradeRumors.co, the 24-year-old former undrafted free agent was claimed by Atlanta earlier today, making him yet another competitor along the offensive line. The Falcons have already started stressing competition across the board, and with plenty of questions about their depth on the offensive line, they’re throwing a lot of young options out there and letting the dust settle.
Per his NFL.com scouting report, Sweet has good size (he’s listed at 6’6”, 313 pounds), but has dealt with injuries and struggled in college with movement and strength. He’s had a couple of years now to work on his game and will be joining a team where a practice squad spot or even a roster spot should be open for a promising tackle, so Sweet will hope to catch on with a brand new coaching staff looking for quality depth. They liked him enough to claim him off waivers and fill their last open roster spot, which is a promising enough early sign for him.
As mentioned, the Falcons roster now stands at 90 men. They’ll undoubtedly shuffle that group throughout the summer, though, so don’t think the roster is remotely set. Give Sweet a warm welcome and we’ll see if he can carve out a role for himself heading into the 2021 season.