FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons announced Monday afternoon that they have waived cornerback Deante Burton and longsnapper Jeff Overbaugh. In a corresponding move, the Falcons signed linebacker Corey Nelson and safety Keith Tandy to the active roster, and they signed wide receiver Christian Blake to the practice squad.
Nelson, 26, has spent the last four seasons with the Denver Broncos and was with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2018 preseason. A seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Nelson has appeared in 53 games with six starts during his career, recording 95 tackles, six pass defenses, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Tandy, 29, returns to the NFC South after spending six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tandy, who was selected by the Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was released by Tampa Bay prior to the start of the season. Following the season-ending injury to Keanu Neal, Tandy will provide the Falcons with another veteran option at strong safety. In his six-year career, Tandy has played in 84 games with 15 starts, registering 156 tackles, 14 pass defenses, eight interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one sack.
Blake, 22, signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent this offseason. In the preseason, Blake caught two passes for 13 yards. Over his final two seasons at Northern Illinois, Blake caught 75 passes for 899 yards and six touchdowns.
Burton spent the 2017 season on the Falcons’ practice squad after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent in the offseason. Burton moved from wide receiver to cornerback in his first year with the Falcons and was signed to Atlanta’s practice squad following the 2018 preseason. Prior to the Falcons' game against the Eagles, Burton was signed off of the practice squad and added to the active roster.
Overbaugh was signed to the Falcons' practice squad after the preseason, and he was then signed to the active roster prior to the season opener against the Eagles. Overbaugh started at longsnapper for the Falcons against the Eagles in place of Josh Harris, who sat out due to a hip injury.