Less than 24 hours ago, the Falcons unexpectedly placed veteran safety Shann Schillinger on waivers, but now, we have evidence that it was simply a predecessor to another roster move.
The Falcons have signed WR Darius Johnson to the active roster from the practice squad. #TBvsATL
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) October 19, 2013
As announced by the team (see above), the Falcons have promoted wide receiver Darius Johnson from the practice squad, and he will join the active roster for Sunday’s game with the Bucs. This move shouldn’t come as a surprise in the wake of Roddy White being ruled out for Sunday’s game, and the team desperately needed another body to help Harry Douglas, Kevin Cone, Drew Davis, and Brian Robiskie on the outside.
Johnson is no stranger to the Falcons, as he was actually the leading receiver for the team in the 2013 preseason. The 5-foot-10 rookie from Southern Miss caught 13 balls for 158 yards and a touchdown during the exhibition campaign, and there was even buzz that he would break camp with the team.
It is unclear whether Johnson will remain with the team after White is available, but for now, it’s a great opportunity for the young man to make a potential impact.