The Atlanta Falcons announced today that running back Jahwan Edwards was signed to the practice squad, filling nine of the 10 available spots for that group. Edwards was an undrafted rookie out of Ball State that was with the San Diego Chargers this summer.
Previous reports had indicated that the Falcons had added running back Mike Gillislee to the practice squad, which may still be the case, but seems unlikely given that the team will probably not carry five running backs on their combined game and practice roster. The Falcons still have one spot available.
During the preseason, Edwards rushed for 55 yards on 17 carries (3.2 avg), with the bulk of those reps coming in the Chargers’ preseason-opener against the Dallas Cowboys. He was cut by the Chargers as part of their bid to get down to 75 players early last week.
Edwards led Ball State in rushing all four years he was at the school, finishing atop their leaderboard in attempts (884), rushing yards (4,558), touchdowns (51) and 100-yard games (18). His most productive season as a runner came during his sophomore year where he had 1,410 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior, he rushed for 1,252 yards, 12 touchdowns and also caught a career-high 29 passes. He earned the nickname “Quake” as a three-time All-MAC conference honoree.