Falcons add another player to reserve/futures class

Detroit Lions defensive back Corey Ballentine (36) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Detroit Lions defensive back Corey Ballentine (36) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Credit: Brynn Anderson

Bullard, Spriggs activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list

The Falcons signed cornerback Corey Ballentine to a reserve/futures contract Wednesday.

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Ballantine, 25, who’s 6-foot and 191 pounds, was drafted in the sixth round (180th overall) by the New York Giants in 2019. He played four games with the Lions last season.

The Falcons also activated defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard and backup offensive tackle Jason Spriggs from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Falcons signed 17 players, including two from the Canadian Football League, to reserve/futures contracts Monday.

Those players are defensive back Dee Alford, defensive back Cornell Armstrong, offensive lineman Willie Beavers, outside linebacker Quinton Bell, outside linebacker Jordan Brailford, inside linebacker Dorian Etheridge, wide receiver Chad Hansen, running back Caleb Huntley, cornerback Luther Kirk, tight end Brayden Lenius, punter Dom Maggio, offensive lineman Ryan Neuzil, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, tight end John Raine, outside linebacker Rashad Smith, defensive end Nick Thurman and wide receiver Austin Trammell.

Alford, 24, made 48 total tackles, four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown and had one forced fumble in 14 games for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2021. He played at Tusculum and Spalding High School.

Lenius, who’s 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, had 37 receptions for 471 yards (12.7 average) and four touchdowns in 11 games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2021. He played a season at New Mexico and three seasons at Washington.

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Defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn competes in the NFL Combine in March. Ballentine, was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants and injured in a shooting that killed his college teammate, Dwane Simmons.

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Defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn competes in the NFL Combine in March. Ballentine, was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants and injured in a shooting that killed his college teammate, Dwane Simmons.
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Defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn competes in the NFL Combine in March. Ballentine, was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants and injured in a shooting that killed his college teammate, Dwane Simmons.

Credit: Joe Robbins

Credit: Joe Robbins

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