The former running Alabama was a star for Smith when he was the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to run for more than 2,000 yards for the 2020 season.
“Pass it on and watch it with the firm hands of 15 people and go 99 yards,” Smith said. “You would like to have this, but it is not a reality.”
The Falcons can also add to the position in the NFL draft, which is set for April 29-May 1.
“The reality is that we will get a lot of backing here and we will have the way we trust our schemes and the way we teach the details of them, and we will commit to that,”
; Smith said.
Patterson was used periodically as a step back in his career. He rushed 167 times for 1,017 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
Last season with the Bears, he rushed into his career 64 times for 232 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 21 of 25 goals for 132 yards as a receiver / run backwards.
Falcons offensive coordinator Dave Ragon was with the Bears last season and is familiar with the way Patterson was used.
Also, the free 30-year-old Duron Harmon signed on Thursday. He also played strong safety, where the Falcons have a vacancy in the starting lineup after parting ways with Keanu Neal this season. Prior to signing Harmon, the only strong defender on the roster was Jail Hawkins, who played sparingly as a rookie last season.
The 30-year-old Harmon has played in 127 games, making 45 starts in eight NFL seasons with the Patriots and the Lions. He has recorded 248 fights (191 solos) with two loss fights and has 19 interceptions and 33 assists protected in his career.
Harmon (6-1, 205) was drawn by the Patriots in the third round of the 2013 Rutgers draft.
Harmon started all 16 games for the Lions last season. This was his first season in which he started all 16 games. He had two interceptions and 73 battles for the Lions in 2020.
Here’s a look at the updated depth chart:
WR 11 Julio Jones, 13 Christian Blake
LT 70 Jake Matthews
LG 73 Matt Gono, 66 Willie Wright
C 61 Matt Hennessy, 68 Josh Andrews
RG 63 Chris Lindström
RT 76 Caleb McGary, 71 Willie Beavers
TE 81 Hayden Hurst, 85 Lee Smith, 87 Jaeden Graham, 80 Ryan Becker
WR 83 Russell Gage, 16 Greg Dortch
WR 18 Calvin Ridley
QB 2 Matt Ryan
HB 28 Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, 30 Qadree Ollison, 26 Tony Brooks-James
FB 40 Keith Smith
DE 55 Steven Means, 91 Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 90 Marlon Davidson, 94 Dedrin Senate
DT 96 Tyeler Davison, 99 Jonathan Bullard, 50 John Cominsky, 79 Chris Slayton
FROM 56 Dante Fowler
OLB 51 Brandon Copeland
LB 45 Deion Jones, 46 Edmond Robinson
LB 54 Foyesade Oluokun, 43 Mykal Walker
OLB 52 Barkevious Mingo
RCB 20 Kendall Sheffield, 22 Fabian Moreau, 29 Chris Williamson
LCB 24 AJ Terrell, 44 Tyler Hall
NCB 26 Isaiah Oliver, 42 Delrick Abrams
FS 23 Eric Harris, 39 TJ Green
SS 21 Duron Harmon, 32 Jaylinn Hawkins
K 7 Younghoe Koo, 1 Elliott Fry
P 4 Sterling Hofrichter, 9 Sun May
LS 47 Josh Harris
KO 7 Younghoe Koo
KR Cordarelle Patterson, 14 Chris Rowland
PR 14 Chris Rowland
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1. Jaguars Jacksonville: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
2. New York Jets: Zack Wilson, (QB, BYU)
3. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields (QB, Ohio)
4. Atlantic Falcons: Peney Sewell (Ontario, Oregon)
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)
6. Dolphins in Miami: Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
8. Carolina Panthers: Jaylan Waddle (WR, Alabama)
9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota)
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtein (CB, Alabama)
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