The Falcons have opened up a roster spot by parting ways with a defensive lineman who joined the team last year.
The team announced that defensive tackle Taniela Tupou has been waived with a non-football injury designation.
Tupou signed with the Falcons after playing in the Spring League last offseason and joined the practice squad after failing to make the cut to 53 players. He was called up to the active roster in October, saw action in one regular season game and then returned to the practice squad.
Cowboys at Texans
Oct. 7, 8:20 p.m. Not only is this a battle for bragging rights in the Lone Star State, it involves two of the game’s most exciting, young quarterbacks in Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Houston’s Deshaun Watson, who’s coming back from reconstructive knee surgery. The Cowboys should also enjoy a full season from Ezekiel Elliott, while the Texans will be get J.J. Watt back from another injury-shortened campaign.
That profile complements outstanding college production. Vander Esch always seemed to be around the ball, finishing last season with 141 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
At 6-foot-3, Evans also has some good size, but is 20 pounds lighter and doesn’t have Vander Esch’s freaky wingspan. Still, Evans brings plus-athleticism and a knack for making things happen on the blitz.
In the middle rounds, Memphis’ Genard Avery has appeal as a rush linebacker. Standing only 6-foot-1, the compact 255-pounder recorded 22 tackles behind the line in 2017.
And not just because he’s a good story, the Lions should seriously consider Shaquem Griffin in the later rounds. Despite missing a hand, Griffin isn’t hindered by the disability, tallying 92 tackles for Central Florida last season, including 11.5 sacks.