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Falcons make roster moves, announce signing of backup quarterback

With Marcus Mariota possibly heading to injured reserve, the Falcons have brought in help behind new starter Desmond Ridder. 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons have officially signed a backup quarterback to the active 53-man roster, announcing on Monday afternoon the signing of former Tennessee practice squad quarterback Logan Woodside. ESPN's Field Yates was the first to report the signing on Dec. 10.

This signing comes after Arthur Smith announced on Monday afternoon that Desmond Ridder would be the Falcons starting quarterback moving forward, and that it is anticipated that Marcus Mariota will be placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the Falcons regular season.

Woodside is another offensive player with at least a little prior knowledge of Smith and his style as a play caller. Woodside joined the Titans organization in 2020. Smith was the Titans offensive coordinator in 2019 and 2020 before taking the Falcons head coaching job prior to the 2021 season.

Woodside has also faced the Falcons, completing 10-of-15 passes for 84 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons 23-3 loss in the first week of the 2021 preseason.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Logan Woodside (5) looks to throw a pass during pregame warmups prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the Titans, 23-10. (Ryan Kang via AP)

To make room for Woodside, the Falcons released inside linebacker Nate Landman from the 53-man roster.

In other roster-related news, the Falcons have signed cornerback Javelin Guidry to the practice squad after the Titans picked up John Reid from the Falcons practice squad.


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