The former Alabama running back was a star for Smith, when he was the offensive coordinator of the Titans. Henry became the eighth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season in 2020.
“Hand it off and watch him stiff-arm 15 people and go 99 (yards),” Smith said. “You’d love to have that, but that’s not reality.”
The Falcons could also add to the position in the NFL draft, which is set for April 29-May 1.
“The reality is that we’ll get multiple backs in here, and we’ll have the way we trust our schemes and the way we teach the details of it, and we’ll commit to it,” Smith said.
Patterson has been used periodically as a running back over his career. He’s rushed 167 times for 1,017 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns.
Last season with the Bears, he rushed a career-high 64 times for 232 yards and a touchdown. He also caught 21 of 25 targets for 132 yards as a receiver/running back.
Falcons offensive coordinator Dave Ragone was with the Bears last season and is familiar with how Patterson was utilized.
Also, free safety Duron Harmon, 30, signed Thursday. He also has played some strong safety, where the Falcons have a vacancy in the starting lineup after parting ways with Keanu Neal this offseason. Before signing Harmon, the only strong safety on the roster was Jaylinn Hawkins, who played sparingly last season as a rookie.
Harmon, 30, has played in 127 games, making 45 starts, over eight NFL seasons, with the Patriots and the Lions. He has recorded 248 tackles (191 solo) with two tackles for loss and has 19 interceptions and 33 passes defensed in his career.
Harmon (6-1, 205) was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Rutgers.
Harmon started all 16 games for the Lions last season. It was his first season of starting all 16 games. He had two interceptions and 73 tackles 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 Lindstrom
RT 76 Kaleb 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 Deadrin Senat
DT 96 Tyeler Davison, 99 Jonathan Bullard, 50 John Cominsky, 79 Chris Slayton
DE 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 A.J. Terrell, 44 Tyler Hall
NCB 26 Isaiah Oliver, 42 Delrick Abrams
FS 23 Erik Harris, 39 T.J. Green
SS 21 Duron Harmon, 32 Jaylinn Hawkins
K 7 Younghoe Koo, 1 Elliott Fry
P 4 Sterling Hofrichter, 9 Dom Maggio
LS 47 Josh Harris
KO 7 Younghoe Koo
KR Cordarelle Patterson, 14 Chris Rowland
PR 14 Chris Rowland
Falcons’ 2021 draft position: Here are the top 10 picks in D. Led’s Mock Draft 4.0:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, (QB, BYU)
3. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
4. Atlanta Falcons: Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon)
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)
6. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
7. Detroit Lions: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
8. Carolina Panthers: Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)
9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain (CB, Alabama)
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