Overbaugh signs with Atlanta, could play in Thursday’s opener

September 4, 2018

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Jeff Overbaugh

The Atlanta Falcons didn’t bring in long snapper Jeff Overbaugh of Anchorage to play right away, but that might be the case.

Signed to the practice squad only a few days ago, the second-year player has been called up to work out with the special team at official practice and has been alternating snaps with the team’s No. 1 long snapper, who is nursing an injury.

There is a chance Overbaugh will get promoted to Atlanta’s 53-man roster and play in Thursday’s NFL opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

“I feel really excited about it,” he told me about signing. “It’s definitely good to be in the mix and it’s definitely still exciting to be a part of an NFL franchise.”

Overbaugh, of Service High fame, last season played with the Minnesota Vikings and became just the 11th Alaskan to play in an NFL game. He was released after the season.

The 24-year-old former San Diego State star played in three preseason games with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. He has also been under contract with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.

The Falcons are the fifth NFL team to sign the 6-foot-2, 240-pounder.