The Falcons have made it through free agency and the draft with a far more complete roster than Arthur Smith’s prior two seasons at the helm. Terry Fontenot used a mountain of cap space and another top 10 pick to bolster a very barren depth chart.
For the first time in several offseasons, the club doesn’t have glaring holes that need addressing following the draft, but that hasn’t stopped Fontenot from trying to make the 90-man roster as competitive as possible.
According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, the Falcons are in the free agent market for a wide receiver, having brought in Slade Bolden and Penny Hart in for workouts.
Former Alabama and #Ravens WR Slade Bolden is working out today for the #Falcons, per source.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 2, 2023
#Seahawks WR Penny Hart, who played in 39 games over the last three years for Seattle, had a workout and visit with the #Falcons today, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 2, 2023
The one area that the Falcons still need to address is wide receiver. Outside of Drake London and Mack Hollins, the position group doesn’t have proven commodities. Scotty Miller is a field stretcher, and Jared Bernhardt is a very similar player to Hart and Bolden.
Bolden went to school at Alabama, where he was a standout on special teams while also contributing in the slot on offense. He joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent last year but never had a chance to play in Baltimore.
Bolden was waived in August, placed on injured reserve, and eventually cut in October. He stands 5’11” and 189 pounds but plays much bigger than his size would indicate. He’s the typical Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Julian Eldemen special teams/slot threat.
We also have heard that the Falcons’ workout with Slade Bolden went very well.
I’ve heard Slade Bolden’s workout with the Falcons went really well. Would be an intriguing addition to a thin wide receiver room
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) May 2, 2023
Hart is more established than Bolden, recording 11 receptions for 82 yards over three seasons with the Seahawks. Similar to Bolden, he’s able to contribute in the third phase of the game.
Regardless of who the Falcons add to the roster, it’s clear the club isn’t exactly comfortable with the wide receiver room.
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