Falcons Swap In Two For Practice Squad

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The Atlanta Falcons announced earlier today the additions of offensive tackle Carter Bykowski and outside linebacker Davis Tull to the practice squad, replacing defensive end Nordly Capi and cornerback Devonte Johnson, who were waived yesterday.

Bykowski was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 out of Iowa State. He spent his first two seasons on the 49ers practice squad before being signed by the Minnesota Vikings off it at the end of the 2014 season. In the summer of 2015 he tore a pectoral muscle and spent the entire season on the injured reserve of the Vikings before being cut this summer. He was initially signed to their practice squad earlier this month, but was released a week ago.

He will add depth at offensive tackle, where the Falcons currently only have one reserve, Tom Compton, behind starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder.

Tull is a former fifth-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints from 2014. He too spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a torn labrum that he suffered prior to getting drafted.

He was a star of the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, outperforming the Falcons very own Vic Beasley in a number of categories including the vertical jump (42.5 inches) and broad jump (132 inches).

Tull played at Chattanooga, where he finished his career was the school and the Southern Conference’s all-time leading sack leader with 37. He also was named his conference’s Defensive Player of the Year three times.

He will likely be asked to play strong-side linebacker for the Falcons after playing defensive end in college.

Capi signed with the Falcons in June and led the team during the preseason with 1.5 sacks. Johnson was an undrafted rookie signed by the Falcons out of Weber State this past offseason.

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