Falcons Sign 2020 UDFA WR: Report

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Getty Calvin Ridley #18 of the Atlanta Falcons.

On Thursday, the Atlanta Falcons signed 2020 undrafted free agent wide receiver Juwan Green to a one-year deal.

Green didn’t get drafted following the 2020 NFL Draft but did spend some time on the Falcons’ practice squad last offseason.

Prior to entering the NFL, Green transferred from Lackawanna College to Albany for his last two season where had 106 catches for 1,815 yards and 21 touchdowns in 23 games.

Green will have a lot of competition during Falcons’ camp with Cavin Ridley, Russell Gage, Julio Jones, Frank Darby, Antonio Nunn, and Austin Tramell in the wideout mix.

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The Falcons Current Roster Editions

The Falcons drafted a total of nine players out of the 2021 NFL draft and also added 20 undrafted free agents and veteran backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

Falcons nine draft picks: 

Round 1, pick 4 – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Round 2, pick 40 (from denver) – Richie Grant, S, UCF
Round 3, pick 68 – Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Round 4, pick 108 – Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State
Round 4, pick 114 – Drew Dalman, C Stanford
Round 5, pick 148 – Ta’Quon Graham, DT, Texas
Round 5, pick 182 – Adetokunbo Ogundeji, DE, Notre Dame
Round 5, pick 183 – Avery Williams, CB, Boise State
Round 6, pick 187 – Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State

Falcons 2021 undrafted free agents: 

RB Javian Hawkins, Louisville
S Marcus Murphy, Mississippi State
DE Eli Howard, Texas Tech
OL Joe Sculthorpe, NC State
OT Kion Smith, Fayetteville State
DT Zac Dawe, BYU
DE Alani Pututau, Adams State
WR Antonio Nunn, Buffalo
CB JR Pace, Northwestern
RB Caleb Huntley, Ball State
OG Ryan Neuzil, Appalachian State
S Dwayne Johnson, Jr., San Diego State
OL Bryce Hargrove, Pittsburgh
DE/LB Kobe Jones, Mississippi State
LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State
TE John Raine, Northwestern
QB Feleipe Franks, Arkansas
OT Jack Batho IV, South Dakota School of Mines
WR Austin Trammell, Rice

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Signing Another WR Could Mean the Falcons Trade Julio Jones

Several reports are saying the Falcons are coming closer to trading Julio Jones post-June 1st when his contract allows it and signing yet another wide receiver makes it more surreal.

The Falcons passing on a quarterback in the draft means they have plenty of faith in Matt Ryan for the next few years, so that means they will be adding more firepower for him to work with. It starts with Kyle Pitts and then picking up Calvin Ridley’s fifth-year option.

The Falcons then adding four more wideouts to their depth chart gives them a total of seven receivers in line. They will likely only have three or four on the active roster when camp is over. At the end of the day, the Falcons are going to do what is best for the franchise and it could mean making a Julio Jones trade and saving the salary cap. The Falcons will, however, be prepared to move on from the seven-time Pro Bowler and prep the young guys to fill Jones’ shoes.

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