The Atlanta Falcons announced a pair of roster moves on Tuesday. The Falcons have signed safety Lukas Denis to the practice squad and placed offensive lineman Barry Wesley to injured reserve.
Denis spent the preseason with the Falcons but was part of cutdowns last week that saw the team go from 90 players to 53. Denis joins Micah Abernathy as the safeties on the practice squad. Like Denis, Abernathy also spent the preseason with the Falcons.
Denis started two years at Boston College in 2017 and 2018. The 26-year old spent time with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL, appearing in 10 games notching 37 total tackles (16 solo), two interceptions, two tackles for loss and 1.0 sack according to his Atlanta Falcons bio.
The Falcons have four safeties on their 53-man roster. Jessie Bates III, Jaylinn Hawkins, DeMarrco Hellams, and Richie Grant highlight how much better the talent and depth have gotten for the Falcons in the secondary.
Wesley was a former walk on at Colorado State and featured in the XFL last spring. The Falcons signed him after a tryout in May. He failed to make the initial 53-man roster, but he was brought back to the practice squad before being shelved for an undisclosed injury.
The Falcons are in action on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. They open as a 3.5-point favorite over the Panthers by MyBookie. The Panthers feature the No. 1 overall draft pick in former Alabama star Bryce Young.
It will also be the first game as Panther’s head coach Frank Reich who was fired in Indianapolis last year.