The Atlanta Falcons have helped fortify their defensive line by signing former Minnesota Vikings starter Jaleel Johnson to the practice squad the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A spot was opened on the 16-man practice squad on Monday when the Falcons promoted running back Caleb Huntley to the 53-man roster to replace Cordarrelle Patterson who went on injured reserve.
Johnson (6’3/316) was originally drafted by the Vikings out of Iowa in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games for the Vikings in 2020 at defensive tackle, racking up 44 tackles including three tackles for loss.
Johnson spent last season with the Houston Texans where he appeared in 12 games and had 23 tackle with two tackles for loss.
The Falcons got more good news on Wednesday when they announced cornerback Isaiah Oliver would be returning to practice from injured reserve. The Falcons have 21 days to evaluate him before making a decision to place him on the 53-man roster or put him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Atlanta is 2-2 heading into the weekend’s match up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The surprising Falcons find themselves 8.5-point underdogs to the Bucs according to My Bookie. The winner exits the game with sole possession of first place in the suddenly competitive NFC South.