The Atlanta Falcons added defenseman Abdullah Anderson to their active roster on Monday, September 19.
Anderson caught 11 snaps on defense and five on special teams in Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He ended the day with two tackles and a tackle for loss.
Anderson originally signed with the Falcons in August and was a player Atlanta has signed and re-signed in previous rosters.
After four impressive seasons at Bucknell University, Anderson was undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft despite being invited to private practices with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks a few weeks earlier.
He then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears. Anderson did not make the active list as a rookie, nor did he play a single snap. However, he stayed with Chicago the following season after signing a future/reserve contract.
That year, Anderson landed on the Bears finals list and made his first NFL debut in the season opener against the Packers. He was demoted to the team’s practice squad the following week and was promoted back and forth throughout the year. Anderson ended the 2019 season with his first NFL sack, in addition to a total of 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 3 pressures.
Chicago fired him early in the 2020 season and he was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent most of his time on the team’s practice squad except for the one game for which he was promoted.
More recently, the 26-year-old split the 2021 season with stops at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, plus a second stop at Green Bay.
In four NFL seasons so far, Anderson has played in 11 games and has eight tackles and one sack.