The Atlanta Falcons have added depth to their squad by signing former Kansas City Chiefs safety Devon Key to their practice squad according to Scott Bair of the Official Atlanta Falcons site.
Key (6’1/210) was originally signed to the Chiefs practice squad in 2021 after starring four years at Western Kentucky. He was waived by the Chiefs prior to the 53-man roster deadlines in August.
Key was an extremely productive member of the Hilltoppers. He played in 50 games over four years and 344 tackles and six interceptions.
According to Western Kentucky’s Official Site:
Key capped his Hilltopper career as one of the most accomplished defenders in program history. In four years, he started 49 of a possible 50 games at safety, including 43 straight dating back to the 2017 season. With 350 career tackles, he set the program’s FBS Era (since 2009) record, surpassing Andrew Jackson’s 326 tackles from 2010-13. Those 350 career tackles also placed him 10th on the all-time charts in WKU’s 102-season history, and ranked fourth among FBS players who were active for the 2020 season. As a senior, Key recorded 92 total tackles (55 solo, 37 assisted) to lead the Hilltoppers, rank third in Conference USA and 23rd in the nation. He added three pass breakups to bring his career total to 19 and an interception in the LendingTree Bowl to push his career number to six. His 15 total tackles vs. Liberty were a career-high and he added four more double-digit performances that upped his career total to 12.WKU Sports
The Falcons are next in action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. While it’s unlikely that Key will see the field this weekend, the Falcons are going to need to be at their best in trying to slow down quarterback Justin Fields who leads Chicago’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack.