The Atlanta Falcons announced they have activated tight end Parker Hesse from the reserve/COVID-19 list, and placed him on the 53-man roster. He takes the place of cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Hesse spent the last two seasons on the Tennessee Titans practice squad learning to play tight end after being a defensive end in college. He has yet to appear in an NFL game, but that could change Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener.
Hesse played four years for the Iowa Hawkeyes, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors at defensive end in 2018. He played 52 career games with 182 tackles, 14. sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Sheffield's move to injured reserve leaves six cornerbacks on the Falcons depth chart. T.J. Green can also play safety.
NFL teams are allowed to bring two players each week from the practice squad to be the 54th and 55th players on the active roster . If the Falcons feel they need to activate another cornerback, training camp standout Chris Williamson would be a logical choice.
Here's a look at the Falcons updated depth chart heading into Sunday's game with the Eagles.
Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart
Feleipe Franks (R) / Josh Rosen
Tajae Sharpe / Christian Blake
Frank Darby (R)
Kyle Pitts (R)
Jalen Mayfield (R)
Drew Dalman (R)
Drew Dalman (R)
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Ta'Quon Graham (R)
Dante Fowler Jr.
Adetokunbo Ogundeji (R)
Dorian Etheridge (R)
Brandon Copeland / Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
Darren Hall (R) / Avery Williams (R)
Richie Grant (R)
Avery Williams (R)