Atlanta Falcons promote CB Deante Burton from practice squad

  • The Atlanta Falcons got a little crazy with the cuts a few days ago Youth Alex Mack Jersey , and actually cut one too many players. With only a 52 man roster, the rumor has been the team would sign a veteran after game one, when base deals are no longer guaranteed. If you thought, “hey, they could probably have anyone on the active roster, just in case,” then you would be right. Dan Quinn may have kept the spot open in case they needed to promote Jeff Overbaugh in for an injured Josh Harris. After today’s practice, the team filled that last roster spot.For the uninitiated, Deante Burton was a former wide receiver in college, and is going through the Dan Quinn cornerback transformation. We saw some success from C.J. Goodwin, briefly, after making the same position switch. He’s got great speed for a 6-foot-2 corner, but obviously his role would be best as spot duty on defense, or more likely on special teams. He was on the team’s practice squad last year Womens Ricardo Allen Jersey , so Quinn definitely likes his potential.On Thursday night, Burton will almost certainly be inactive. Blidi Wreh-Wilson did not participate today, and Isaiah Oliver was limited with an ankle injury. Burton is probably just providing some depth. After Atlanta can sign a veteran without guaranteeing their salary, there’s a good chance that Burton drops back down to the practice squad. If Harris is indeed healthy, Atlanta will almost have their complete team at 100%, while the Philadelphia Eagles will be short Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, and perhaps a few other impact players.Falcons vs. Bengals: This week’s big question revolves around the safeties For all the questions facing the Falcons both now and in the future, few loom large than safety play. Atlanta has significant room for improvement in terms of their pass rush, need to figure out if Wes Schweitzer can hold up all year at left guard, and will keep a watchful eye on Duke Riley’s development, but the hits have been heaviest at a position that just four weeks ago featured Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen.With both of those high-end players lost for the year, the Falcons will turn to Damontae Kazee and Jordan Richards to start, with Keith Tandy and Sharrod Neasman waiting in the wings in case they’re needed. There is no universe in which this isn’t a real downgrade Youth Deion Jones Jersey , even if Kazee has shown real promise and quality play through 2.25 weeks thus far, and those safeties will be tested almost immediately this week against Cincinnati.Why? Cincinnati’s set to be minus A.J. Green, potentially, but have solid tight ends and a capable receiving back in Giovanni Bernard. Those TEs and Bernard figure to see plenty of Kazee and Richards, and Richards in particular is a well-known liability in coverage the Bengals will be keen to exploit. Again, Kazee should be fine. There are hiccups to be expected with a young player, but my concern is with how Richards will hold up. Chances are he won’t get too many weeks as a starter if he can’t hold steady early on, so this will be a pivotal game for him. If he falters and falters badly—and if Neasman and/or Tandy do the same if they get into the game—the Falcons are in trouble again on defense, and will likely have to face more uncomfortable questions about their unwillingness to try to substantially upgrade the position.So watch those safeties, is what I’m saying, and Jordan Richards in particular.