The Atlanta Falcons announced on Thursday they had signed former Oregon State Beavers running back B.J. Baylor to the practice squad.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m. EST: A spot was opened on the practice squad because defensive back Teez Tabor was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as cover for the season-ending injury to Jamal Adams.
At a listed 5’11 and 205 pounds, Baylor had a breakout season with the Beavers last year. He rushed for 1,337 yards and 13 touchdowns with Oregon State in 2021. Baylor was originally signed as an undrafted-free agent by the Green Bay Packers.
The move comes on the heels of starting running back Damien Williams missing practice on Wednesday because of the lingering effects of a rib injury he sustained against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Fifth-round draft choice Tyler Allgeier was surprisingly left off the active roster on game day against the Saints on Sunday, but it seems likely that won’t happen again as the Falcons found, and still find, themselves short-handed at running back on Sunday.
Baylor is currently the second running back on the practice squad, joining Caleb Huntley. Could Huntley see his role increase this week?
Allgeier should be the immediate benefactor of Williams missing, but Huntley could also have a chance to be flexed from the practice squad to the active roster as well.
The Falcons are next in action against the LA Rams. They’ll kick off in Los Angeles at 4:05 p.m. EST and the game will be shown locally on FOX.