Falcons make flurry of roster moves early in training camp


The Falcons have completed a couple of training camp sessions as the team heads into the weekend, but not without a flurry of roster moves.

On Wednesday, the organization announced the signing of defensive tackle Darrion Daniels, which adds depth to a position group desperate for someone to step up next to Grady Jarrett. The Falcons signed Eddie Goldman earlier in the month, but the former Bear quickly retired after spending less than two weeks with the team.

Daniels is a massive human being standing 6-foot-3 and 311 pounds. He’s spent his entire career with the 49ers after initially going undrafted in 2020. Daniels has mostly been a practice squad mainstay, but with an open spot on Atlanta’s defensive front, he’ll have a chance at making the final 53-man roster. It’s a long shot, though.

And for the second straight day, Terry Fontenot and the front office are tweaking the bottom of the depth chart. The club announced Thursday that tight end Brayden Lenius has been released. In a corresponding move, they signed safety Henry Black to a one-year deal.

Black spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Packers, playing in eight games in his first year and doubling that last year. He totaled 38 tackles, two passes defended and a forced fumble.

Green Bay opted not to bring him back this offseason, and the Giants signed him; however, New York released him earlier this week. Black will compete for a spot on the roster through special teams because the safety position is pretty set in stone with Richie Grant, Jaylinn Hawkins, Erik Harris, and Dean Marlowe. Two young ascending players and two experienced veterans make for a difficult road to the final 53 for Black, but he could certainly make an impact in the third phase of the game and solidify his place on the roster.

Photographer: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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