Atlanta Falcons announced the re-signing of LB Kemal Ishmael and the addition of G Adam Gettis today.
Bringing back Kemal Ishmael adds depth to several areas for the Falcons as Ishmael has proven to add depth at both Safety and LB during his time in Atlanta and he is another good piece for special teams; which has been area the Falcons have bolstered and made a priority over the last year.
Ishmael will be the seventh linebacker on the Falcons roster heading into the 2019 season and it will be interesting to see just how the depth breaks down and who is on the opening game active roster. During his six seasons as an Atlanta Falcon, the 2013 seventh round pick, has five interceptions, 231 tackles and three fumble recoveries.
Adam Gettis is a familiar name to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as Gettis was a member of the Bucs during the 2018 NFL off-season. Gettis has only appeared in four games since the start of the 2014 season. He has spent time on the practice squad and active roster for the Redskins, Steelers, Giants and Raiders.
We can only assume the Falcons are trying to add affordable pieces to the interior of the offensive line as we approach the start of the Falcons OTA’s. Despite the signings of several guards this off-season, it would be great to see the Falcons target a guy like Wisconsin’s David Edwards in the middle rounds of this month’s NFL Draft.
Falcons local Pro-Day attendees
According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are going to bring in former UGA players Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley, Deandre Baker as well as Tech standouts Desmond Branch and Clinton Lynch. The most intriguing name that the Falcons will host during their local pro day on April 5th is former Kennesaw State star WR, Justin Sumpter. Sumpter was seen several times during his KSU career on Sports Center’s Top 10 with a few insane and acrobatic catches.