Dalton was in that group, practiced with first and second units to establish a role in the defensive line rotation. He started Monday night’s preseason game against the Jets – Grady Jarrett didn’t play – and had a tackle for loss over 16 defensive snaps.
Injury obviously played a role here, though details on it might have to wait until Arthur Smith’s next press conference on Wednesday afternoon. If Dalton clears waivers, he’ll revert to the Falcons injured reserve and be out for the season unless an injury settlement is reached.
Tate was signed in free agency and thought to be a contender for significant snaps, but the 6-foot-5 veteran was typically with the lower units and was behind other options in the position group. Allison was signed after try out at the team’s rookie minicamp and had flashed as a playmaker.
Deng was an undrafted free agent from Cal and a relative longshot to make the roster. Pitts joined the Falcons practice squad on Nov. 10, 2021 and was elevated for a game last season. He had an uphill battle to earn a spot in a competitive position group.