The Falcons have added some interior offensive line depth through the waiver wire — signing a Cumming, Georgia and North Forsyth High School native Colby Gossett to the 53-man roster. In addition, running back Caleb Huntley, safety Dwayne Johnson Jr., and 13 others have been signed to the practice squad.
Gossett is a Cumming, Georgia native that was a 6th round pick out of App State in 2018
— SportsTalkATL Jake (@cantguardjake) September 1, 2021
#Falcons are signing RB Caleb Huntley to practice squad, per source.
— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) September 1, 2021
Falcons are also bringing back S Dwayne Johnson Jr to the practice squad.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) September 1, 2021
We have signed 15 players to our practice squad. https://t.co/oGQXVfuePq
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 1, 2021
Also, none of the players the Falcons waived were claimed, so they are all eligible for the practice squad. So far, Gossett is the only name the Falcons have put a claim in on, and it makes even more sense following the recent news regarding Josh Andrews.
Believed to be the frontrunner for the starting left guard spot, Andrews broke his hand in practice yesterday and is heading to the IR.
The #Falcons are placing starting left guard Josh Andrews on injured reserve after he broke his hand in practice Tuesday, per source.
Andrews will have minor surgery. Not expected to be long-term and IR rules this year allow players to return in as little as three weeks.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2021
As if the Falcons offensive line wasn’t thin enough; this news is simply devastating. Perhaps the Falcons go with rookie Jalen Mayfield to begin the season as the starter, but he didn’t look very impressive during the preseason, which could lead to the newly added Gossett starting Week 1 against the Eagles.
Gossett has made four career starts, but it’s exciting to get a guy who comes from a group as talented as Cleveland’s offensive line (imagine saying that four years ago). Of course, as an App State alum, he played under Dwayne Ledford for a few seasons. We saw Ledford get a lot of his guys as undrafted free agents, so I’m not shocked to see the trend continue. However, Atlanta could be in trouble if Gossett is starting right off the bat.