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Falcons Sign Defensive Tackle to Active Roster

The Atlanta Falcons elevated defensive lineman LaCale London from the practice to the active roster each of the past two weeks.

That won’t be necessary in Week 8, as the Falcons signed London to the 53-man roster on Tuesday.

NFL reporter Arye Pelli reported on October 24 that the Falcons signed London to a two-year deal.

London played as a practice squad elevation in Weeks 6 and 7 for the Falcons. His only other previous experience in the NFL regular season was in one game with the Chicago Bears during the 2021 season.

However, London only played one snap during that game for the Bears.

In two games this season, London has posted 4 combined tackles, including 1 tackle for loss. He has also recovered a fumble.

As Pulli noted on Twitter, London registered a 76.7 player grade from Pro Football Focus in Week 7. That was the fourth-highest grade for the Falcons defense, which held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 13 points.

London recorded a 63.9 PFF player grade in Week 6 against the Washington Commanders.

For the entire season, the PFF player grades have London ranked sixth among Falcons defenders with at least 50 snaps. The only two Atlanta defensive linemen who have played that much and fared better in PFF’s grading system are David Onyemata and Calais Campbell.

The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight argued in a Twitter post on Tuesday that London deserved the contract he signed with Atlanta.

“Congrats to LaCale London,” wrote Knight. “Falcons have been searching for a contributor to the interior rotation and appear to have finally found the guy.

“So far this year, we’ve seen Albert Huggins, Timmy Horne, Eli Anjou also get chances. London has flashed the most and gets rewarded.”

In addition to 42 defensive snaps, London has lined up for 2 snaps on special teams this season.