Atlanta Falcons Sign Promising Young Defensive Lineman from Chicago Bears Practice Squad…

The Atlanta Falcons have secured the services of promising young defensive lineman Travis Bell from the Chicago Bears’ practice squad, as reported by NFL insider Tom Pelissero.

Bell, a seventh-round pick from Kennesaw State by the Bears this season (No. 220 overall), made history as the first player from the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) school to be drafted into the NFL.

Although Bell had an impressive preseason, he didn’t initially make the cut for the Bears’ 53-man roster, ending up on their 16-player practice squad. Now, the rookie defender is set to make his NFL debut with the Falcons, as he joins their active roster.

Travis Bell’s Time in Chicago Made an Impression

While seventh-round draft picks often face long odds in the NFL, Bell left a lasting impression during his time in Chicago.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive lineman showcased his skills during the preseason, recording six total tackles, 1.0 sack, and a quarterback hurry over 43 pass rush snaps. Pro Football Focus also awarded him a solid 68.2 run defense grade.

Bell is a young and talented defender with quick feet and remarkable lateral mobility, even though he still needs to develop the power and physicality to go up against more seasoned offensive linemen.

Bears general manager Ryan Poles spoke highly of Bell, emphasizing his character and fit with the team. Bears head coach Matt Eberflus also expressed optimism and enthusiasm about Bell.

Bonding Among Bears Rookies and Bell

The Bears selected three interior defensive linemen in the 2023 draft, with Bell being the final selection. Bell, along with fellow rookies Gervon Dexter and Zacch Pickens, formed a solid bond during their time together in training camp. They appreciated each other’s company, communicated well on the field, and developed a strong friendship.

Bell’s Collegiate Career and Opportunity with the Falcons

During his collegiate career at Kennesaw State, Bell played in 54 games, accumulating 124 total tackles (68 solo, 24.5 for loss), 11 sacks, a forced fumble, and three pass defensed. Despite not having played in a regular season NFL game yet, he might have a chance to make his debut in Atlanta, especially as the Falcons are dealing with injuries on the defensive line.

Grady Jarrett was recently placed on the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL, potentially opening the door for the 25-year-old Bell to make his NFL debut in Week 9 when the Falcons face the Minnesota Vikings.

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