Now that the 53-man roster deadline has come and gone, all 32 NFL teams have begun to craft their practice squads. The Atlanta Falcons have signed an interesting player to their practice squad after getting a good look at him in the preseason, an offensive lineman who is the son of an NFL head coach.
Per Atlanta's official website, the Falcons have signed former Boston College offensive tackle Tyler Vrabel to their practice squad. Vrabel is the son of Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, and likely had a relationship with Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, who served under the elder Vrabel as a tight ends coach and then offensive coordinator for three total seasons. Vrabel was picked up by Atlanta as an undrafted free agent earlier this year. Originally a three-star recruit out of Houston Texas, per 247Sports, he committed to play for Boston College.
In 2020, Vrabel was an All-ACC honorable mention, as he played all 785 offensive snaps across 11 games at left tackle for an offense that rushed for 1,119 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, per Boston College's official website. If you're thinking Smith stole Vrabel away from his father and the Titans, Coach Vrabel actually has said that he wasn't interested in coaching his own son.