What the trade for former Patriots safety Jordan Richards means for the Falcons 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons played their final preseason game Thursday night and traded for Patriots safety Jordan Richards on Friday morning.

Richards, a former second-round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, will add depth at the safety position – specifically at strong safety.

The move means the Falcons liked what they saw in Richards and wanted to ensure they have a quality back up to Neal with the season beginning in less than a week. Richards also played some nickel and linebacker, showing his versatility, something we know coach Dan Quinn likes.

Richards played in all 16 games for the Patriots in 2017 with five starts. He's also played on New England's special teams unit every year since he's been drafted.

The Falcons' roster will be finalized by 4 p.m. on Saturday and the makeup of the strong safety position should become clearer by then. For now, we know the Falcons added a versatile player to their secondary.

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