Falcons reportedly had discussions with free agent WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

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With Calvin Ridley suspended for at least the 2022 season and Russell Gage signing with the Buccaneers, the Falcons are short on pass catchers. Atlanta tendered Olamide Zaccheaus, but that isn’t going to cut in today’s NFL. Zaccheaus hasn’t shown he can be anything more than a WR3 yet, so the Falcons still have some work to do.

The good news is interesting prospects remain on the free agent market, which the Falcons have to be doing their due diligence on. One name, in particular, has been at least in discussions with Atlanta — Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

MVS spent his first four seasons with the Packers, but his best year in Green Bay came in 2020, when he recorded 33 receptions for 690 yards — a league-leading 20.9 yards per catch — and six touchdowns. Limited last year, Valdes-Scantling hauled in 26 catches for 430 yards and three touchdowns over 11 games.

One of the premier deep threats in this league, MVS would undoubtedly add an element to Arthur Smith’s offense that was missing in 2021. However, that is about the extent of his skillset. He’s not even close to WR1 material and is a borderline WR3 at this point in his career. Given the price tag recent free agent receivers have been signing for, the Falcons may be better served looking for pass catchers in the draft.

Photographer: Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire



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