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Falcons Add Defensive Line Depth

The Atlanta Falcons have made another addition to their defensive line.

NFL insider Aaron Wilson reported on June 7 that the Falcons have signed former seventh-round pick Carlos Davis. The 26-year-old spent the first three seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers drafted Davis with the No. 232 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. He has recorded 12 combined tackles, including 3 tackles for loss in 12 career NFL games.

Davis only played in one game during the 2022 season. But in that lone appearance against the Philadelphia Eagles, Davis picked up a sack during the second quarter. He played 12 defensive snaps and 1 on special teams.

The 26-year-old is joining a Falcons defensive line that has been revamped in several different ways this offseason. The Falcons signed defensive tackle David Onyemata from the New Orleans Saints and 37-year-old defensive end Calais Campbell.

Onyamata and Campbell had a combined 10.5 sacks last season.

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot also signed Joe Gaziano and drafted Zach Harrison at defensive end. Atlanta selected Harrison at No. 75 overall in the third round.

The Falcons are hoping these four new players will support Grady Jarrett better than the team’s defensive line did during the first two years of the Arthur Smith era. Jarrett made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and 2020 but hasn’t seen any recognition for his play the past two seasons despite little difference in his play.

Jarrett posted 61 combined tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and 6 sacks in 2022. That was his most in all three categories since 2019.

Davis will likely have to perform well in training camp and the preseason to earn a roster spot. He arrives in Atlanta behind Onyemata, Jarrett and Eddie Goldman, who the Falcons re-signed to a 1-year deal this offseason, on the team’s depth chart.