Falcons Sign Four Free Agents Including DT John Atkins, Cut Four

The Falcons announced on Thursday they have signed four free agents to the roster. 

In addition to the previously reported signings of WR Jeff Badet and OLB Shareef Miller, Atlanta signed DT John Atkins and OLB George Obinna

To make room on the roster, the Falcons waived WR Greg Dortch, OLB Jeff Holland, DT Eli Ankou and LB Alani Putuatu.

Atkins, 28, signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2018. New England waived him coming out of the preseason, and he caught on with the Lions’ practice squad. 

Atkins has spent time on and off the Lions’ practice squad since then, ending 2019 on the active roster after being promoted in October. Last year, Atkins decided to opt out of the NFL season due to COVID. He was waived a couple of weeks ago. 

In 2019, Atkins appeared in 12 games for the Lions and recorded 20 tackles with no sacks.

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