The Falcons may be the new Bears of the south. Arthur Smith hired Dave Ragone and Charles London to his staff last offseason, which resulted in multiple free agent signings due to their relationships from Chicago. The most notable being Cordarrelle Patterson, who had a career year in 2021. Then, this offseason, Terry Fontenot added Ryan Pace, the former Bears GM, to the front office.
The results have been predictable. The Falcons signed two free agents that played for the Bears last season — Teez Tabor and Elijah Wilkerson. Now, the Falcons are bringing in free agent running back Damien Williams, who also spent 2021 in Chicago.
The Falcons hosted free agent RB Damien Williams on a visit today. He spent 2021 with the Bears, whose former GM Ryan Pace is now in the Atlanta front office.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 17, 2022
Williams is a decent third-down back. He totaled 16 catches for 103 yards and one touchdown last season while adding 164 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. His best performance came in Week 4 following David Montgomery’s injury; Williams rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 5.4 yards per carry through two games.
Injuries and COVID-19 derailed his season, but Williams is still a good running back and fits Arthur Smith’s offense well. He has zone running experience, is excellent in pass protection, and at 6’0, 240-pounds would be a great third-down back.