The Atlanta Falcons had some luck on the defensive line to start training camp. First, veteran free agent signing Eddie Goldman opted to retire just days before camp began. Then veteran Vincent Taylor — who had worked with the starters in pass-rush packages — ruptured his Achilles during the first week of camp. On Saturday, we saw UDFA Bryce Rodgers get carried away with what appeared to be a knee injury. We have not yet learned the severity of this injury, so we will continue to hope that it is minor for Rodgers.
That meant the Falcons would have lost two defensive linemen early in camp, and it was only a matter of time before a move was made. On Sunday, the team added the expected reinforcements to the defensive interior, Abdullah Anderson’s signature. In a corresponding move, Atlanta placed Vincent Taylor on IR.
OFFICIAL: We have signed defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 7, 2022
Abdullah, 26, has ten NFL games under his belt and has spent the 2021 season bouncing between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans. He was originally signed as UDFA out of Bucknell in 2018 NFL Draft speak Chicago Bears, where he spent the 2018-2019 seasons. He also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020.
While he only played 165 NFL snaps, Abdullah showed some flashes. In 6 games, he had 4 total tackles (3 solo), 1.0 TFL, 3 pressures and 1.0 sacks in 2019, his most productive season in the NFL. Since then, Abdullah has only played four games in two years and had just 59 snaps in defense.
Abdullah now comes to Atlanta, where he will have a good chance to compete for the roster and practice squad on a suddenly thin depth chart.