The Atlanta Falcons announced on Thursday that they had signed former Green Bay Packers safety Henry Black to a one-year contract.
To make room for Black on the roster the Falcons waived tight end Brayden Lenius.
Black (25) has played the last two seasons with the Packers. He saw eight games as a rookie, mostly on special teams, before seeing action in all 17 games in 2021.
Black played 262 snaps on defense for the Packers as well as his role on special teams that saw him log 315 snaps. He had 38 tackles and an interception for the Packers last season.
Black was a standout at Baylor before signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He started 14 games for the Bears his final season at Baylor and had 62 tackles and an interception.
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Lenius was always a longshot to make the 53-man roster. He has yet to see time in an NFL game despite leaving the University of Washington in 2017. He could be an option to bounce in and out of the practice squad as we saw with several borderline NFL players last season.
Black has a chance to make the roster as the Falcons search for depth at the safety position. Second-year pro Richie Grant and veterans Erik Harris and Jaylinn Hawkins appear to have spots sewn up for the season, but Black could push for playing time.
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