Following a slew of players trying out to join the Falcons minicamp, a few came out of it with contracts.
The club announced deals with receiver Chris Blair, defensive lineman Albert Huggins and kicker Matthew Trickett on Friday. In corresponding moves, the Falcons parted ways with quarterback Austin Aune and receiver Justin Marshall.
The last roster apart was opened up with Avery Williams heading to season-ending injured reserve following a torn ACL during offseason training activities. Hopefully, Williams can make a full recovery because he was on his way to establishing himself among the best returners in football.
Back to the new Falcons. Huggins is a Clemson product and has bounced around the NFL. A practice squad spot would be the best case scenario for the defender. Trickett, on the other hand, really has no chance of making any roster with Younghoe Koo in the fold. More than anything, the Falcons are just keeping tabs on the Minnesota product for future consideration.
Blair is the most interesting of the bunch. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver spent time in Green Bay on the Packers practice squad after entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2021.
With the D.C. Defenders in the XFL, Blair posted nearly 600 yards and three scores on just 26 catches in 2023. Given the Falcons’ lack of established receivers, there is absolutely a pathway for Blair to squeeze out a roster spot, but it will have to include his contributions on special teams.
Good luck to these new Falcons!
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