Atlanta Falcons Sign former Raiders, Ravens OL

The Atlanta Falcons made another addition to the offensive line, a UFL standout who also saw time with the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders.
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith on Monday night.
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a contract with offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith on Monday night. / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons won’t return to the practice field for nearly five weeks, but they’re not done making moves.

Atlanta agreed to terms with offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith on Monday night, according to NFL insider Aaron Wilson.

Jones-Smith, who stands 6-7, 320 pounds, has played in six NFL games at offensive tackle — three with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020 and three with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021 — since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

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The 28-year-old Jones-Smith has also spent time with the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Commanders but never appeared in a regular season game. Last summer, Jones-Smith signed with the Commanders and spent the entire season on the practice squad. He became a free agent once the season ended.

Jones-Smith, who played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, signed with the St. Louis Battlehawks for the 2024 UFL season and earned a nod on the honorary All-UFL team. A native of Camden, N.J., Jones-Smith appeared in 11 games for the Battlehawks and allowed only two sacks, according to United Football Media.

In Atlanta, Jones-Smith joins an offensive tackle room spearheaded by starters Jake Matthews and Kaleb McGary. Storm Norton and Tyler Vrabel are the favorites to be the Falcons’ reserve tackles.

NFL teams often carry around eight or nine offensive linemen on their 53-man roster, and the Falcons have a solid group behind a fully cemented starting five. As such, a path to an opportunity post-training camp doesn't appear likely for Jones-Smith, but he'll nevertheless get the chance to fight for one later this summer and possibly earn a spot on the practice squad.


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DANIEL FLICK

Daniel Flick is an accredited NFL writer for Sports Illustrated's FanNation. Daniel has provided boots-on-ground coverage at the NFL Combine and from the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters, among other destinations, and contributed to the annual Lindy's Sports Magazine ahead of the 2023 offseason. Daniel is a co-host on the 404TheFalcon podcast and previously wrote for the Around the Block Network and Georgia Sports Hospitality Media.