The Atlanta Falcons initial 53-man roster was released on Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t going to stay set for long.
The Falcons placed a waiver claim on former New York Jets offensive tackle Chuma Edoga according to a report from Ian Rapoport. Atlanta also claimed defensive tackle Matt Dickerson, most recently cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the league release.
“Former Jets OL Chuma Edoga is being claimed by the Falcons, source said, and he’ll come in and compete at RT,” reported Rapoport on Twitter.
Another offensive lineman was a priority after the Falcons trimmed their 53-man roster to just eight offensive linemen, with only three tackles. He can provide depth behind Kaleb McGary and Jake Matthews should he fail to win a starting spot.
Edoga is listed 6’3 and 308 pounds and is an Atlanta-area native having gone to McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. before heading west to play his college ball at USC.
He was originally a third-round pick of the Jets in 2019 and started eight games as a rookie and four games in 2020 before seeing action in just five games in 2021.
His run blocking grade from Pro Football Focus was 70.3 across 100 snaps played.
Edoga is in the final year of his rookie contract that sees his base salary of $965,000 for 2022, a good value for the Falcons looking to upgrade depth at the tackle position.
Dickerson spent three years with the Tennessee Titans. He played in just 18 games for the Titans in three years and hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2020.
The Falcons cut cornerback Mike Ford and safety Dean Marlowe from the initial 53-man roster to make room for Edoga and Dickerson.