The Atlanta Falcons announced roster moves today by re-signing safety Charles Godfrey and cutting linebacker Allen Bradford. The team also made two changes on their practice squad, adding running back Gus Johnson and wide receiver Devon Wylie to replace running back Juhwan Edwards and linebacker Derek Akunne.
The Falcons cut Godfrey last week for the second time this year in order to make room for linebacker Philip Wheeler on the roster, who has now ostensibly replaced Bradford on the roster.
Bradford served as the team’s reserve middle linebacker, while Wheeler is expected to fill in at weak-side linebacker. Nate Stupar will likely return to his former role as the backup behind starter Paul Worrilow at middle linebacker. Stupar began the preseason in that role before expanding to playing both strong and weak-side linebacker by summer’s end. Stupar had been filling in for injured strong-side linebacker Brooks Reed through the early part of the year, but Reed has managed to play without incident over the past four weeks.
Godfrey adds depth at both safety spots, but primarily has played only special teams in the limited action he’s received in Atlanta over the past two seasons.
Johnson was an undrafted rookie out of Stephen F. Austin with the Dallas Cowboys this past summer, leading that team in rushing during the preseason with 139 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries (3.8 avg). Johnson was a three-time all-conference honoree and was named Southland Conference Player of the Year as a senior with a school-record 1,638 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. He finished his career atop Stephen F. Austin’s all-time record book with 52 career touchdowns.
Wylie is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012, hailing from Fresno State. The dimunitive receiver (5’9″ 187 pounds) has bounced around the league since the Chiefs cut him prior to the start of the 2013 season. In 2013, Wylie spent time on the practice squads of the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. He finished 2014 on the St. Louis Rams practice squad after the 49ers cut him prior to the season. The Rams cut him in early August this past summer and he spent the remainder of training camp with the Oakland Raiders before being cut the week prior to the start of the regular season.
As a rookie with the Chiefs, he appeared in six games and started the season finale at wide receiver. He finished the year with six receptions for 53 yards and averaged 21.2 yards on nine kickoff returns and average 5.2 yards on five punt returns. He also played in two games with the Titans in 2013, averaging 18.8 yards on five kickoff returns and 2.0 yards on two punt returns, but his second muffed return prompted his release.
Edwards and Akunne were both signed to the practice squad at the start of the 2015 season by the Falcons. Edwards spent time with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Ball State prior to landing with the Falcons, while Akunne was with the Falcons during camp. Akunne hails from North Texas.