Falcons release former fourth-round pick Ito Smith


After a flurry of signings, the Falcons have released fan-favorite Ito Smith.

The recent two-year deal with Mike Davis made me think that he and Ito Smith would be the defacto RB1 and RB2, but it clearly isn’t in the team’s plans. One has to believe this move pushes the recent signing of Cordarrelle Patterson more towards a running back’s role rather than a wide receiver. Arthur Smith has already made it apparent that there is no workhorse in Atlanta like he had in Derrick Henry with the Titans, so the offense will have to use a running back by committee approach.

“We’re not going to have Derrick Henry here,” Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “So, it’s not like I think we’re going to have Derrick Henry.”

“The reality is that we’ll get multiple backs in here, and we’ll have the way we trust our schemes and the way we teach the details of it, and we’ll commit to it,” Smith said. “That should provide hope to people because of that mindset.”

[Ito] Smith finished last year with 268 yards on 63 carries and one score, good for 4.3 yards per carry. He did have four explosive runs, which are rushes for more than 10 yards or more. I truly thought he would get a chance to receive some carries behind Davis, but he or the team had other plans. He’s a wonderful person, and we at SportsTalkATL wish you nothing but the best, Judge!

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