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Keith Smith from FB to TE? Arthur Smith Reveals Why

Fullback Keith Smith was listed on the Atlanta Falcons depth chart as a backup tight end. Head coach Arthur Smith reveals why.

Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith was listed yesterday on the depth chart as a backup tight end.

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Head coach Arthur Smith explained that Smith's versatility and how the depth chart was released was the cause, not a position change.

"Well, couldn't put 12 guys on there," Smith said with a wry grin when asked about Smith being listed as a tight end instead of fullback. "He can play multiple spots for us. Just made a little more sense to put him in that spot."

"Keith's gotta have a big role. He'll play multiple roles for us, but it was no big time change, other than we just put the depth chart out in 12 personnel (with no fullback)."

Smith began his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 as a linebacker.

He spent two years at linebacker with the Cowboys, playing in 15 games and registering 12 tackles. Smith made a home for himself at fullback with the Cowboys in 2016 and played in every game for three seasons before signing with Atlanta in 2019.

Smith played in all 16 games for the Falcons in 2019 and 2020. Primarily a blocker from his fullback position, Smith has carried the ball nine times in his two year stint with Atlanta.

Smith wasn't the only change at the running back position on the depth chart Atlanta released yesterday. Wayne Gallman made his first appearance behind Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson after being signed last week.

Gallman's ability to play special teams was a key factor in his being signed to the 53-man active roster ahead of Qadree Ollison who was waived and subsequently signed to the practice squad on Tuesday.

Here's a look at the Atlanta Falcons depth chart ahead of Sunday's game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart

OFFENSE

QB
Matt Ryan
Feleipe Franks (R) / Josh Rosen

RB
Mike Davis
Cordarrelle Patterson
Wayne Gallman

WR
Calvin Ridley
Tajae Sharpe / Christian Blake

WR
Russell Gage
Olamide Zaccheaus
Frank Darby (R)

TE
Kyle Pitts (R)
Lee Smith

LT
Jake Matthews
Jason Spriggs

LG
Jalen Mayfield (R)
Colby Gossett

C
Matt Hennessy
Drew Dalman (R)

RG
Chris Lindstrom
Drew Dalman (R)

RT
Kaleb McGary
Jason Spriggs

TE
Hayden Hurst
Lee Smith

DEFENSE

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DL
Grady Jarrett
Marlon Davidson

DL
Tyeler Davison
Ta'Quon Graham (R)

DL
Jonathan Bullard
John Cominsky

OLB
Dante Fowler Jr.
Adetokunbo Ogundeji (R)

LB
Deion Jones
Mykal Walker

LB
Foyesade Oluokun
Dorian Etheridge (R)

OLB
Steven Means
Brandon Copeland / Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

CB
A.J. Terrell
T.J. Green
Darren Hall (R) / Avery Williams (R)

CB
Fabian Moreau
Isaiah Oliver
Kendall Sheffield

S
Erik Harris
Jaylinn Hawkins

S
Duron Harmon
Richie Grant (R)

SPECIALISTS:

K
Younghoe Koo

P
Cameron Nizialek

LS
Josh Harris

H
Cameron Nizialek

PR
Avery Williams (R)

KR
Cordarrelle Patterson