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Atlanta Falcons Sign Former South Carolina Gamecock DL

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday afternoon they had signed former South Carolina Gamecocks standout Kobe Smith (6’2/300) to the practice squad. In a corresponding move, Chris Hinton has been released.

Smith is an Atlanta-area native who went to Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. He started 11 games as a senior at South Carolina in 2019 and had 28 tackles.

Smith went undrafted out of college and spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles practice squads without making an appearance during the regular season.

Chris Hinton was signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent and is the son of the NFL great by the same name. Hinton went to Greater Atlanta Christian before becoming a star with the University of Michigan.


It’s been a busy few days for the Atlanta Falcons who also traded want-away linebacker Deion Jones to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night. The Falcons swapped Jones and a 2024 seventh-round pick for a 2024 sixth-round pick.

The move was more about Jones wanting a fresh start and the Falcons wanting Jones to have a fresh start than it was any kind of football move with limited salary relief and draft compensation.

The Falcons are next in action on Sunday at home against the San Francisco 49ers. They are a whopping 11-point underdog despite each of their five games having been decided by a single score.

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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.