Falcons work out three wide receivers, raise eyebrows

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The Atlanta Falcons appear concerned with the current status of the wide receiver position.

Well, here's some new you didn't want to hear.

In the wake of Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Saints, the Falcons worked out wide receivers Courtney Roby, Lavelle Hawkins and Mohamed Massaquoiaccording to Howard Balzer.

That's Saints beat writer Larry Holder with the retweet. Other members of the Saints media have also confirmed that Roby did indeed work out for the team this week. Interestingly enough, none of the Atlanta beat writers have yet to report anything on the subject.

If this is true, it raises a couple of questions for the Falcons. The team being unsatisfied with its current depth at wide receiver is one possibility. Another is that Roddy White re-aggravated his high ankle sprain when the team tried to play him in the season opener. As anyone who watched the game would know, White was highly ineffective in that contest, and Harry Douglas saw increased targets and production as a result.

If Atlanta is trying to sign another wideout, it could mean that the team is preparing to place White in the "IR - designated to return" category. However, that is speculation at this point, and we don't know that for certain. Regardless, the training staff's decision to clear White for play seems rather foolish in hindsight.

As for the potential new Falcons, none of these guys really offer much by way of upside. Hawkins, a former fourth-round pick in 2008, has 77 catches and 771 career receiving yards to his name. Massaquoi is one in a long line of disappointing Browns draft picks that was recently released by the Jets.

Roby is perhaps the most intriguing of the three. He spent the last five seasons on the Saints, though he served primarily in a special teams capacity during that time. His 25 career receptions for 332 yards seem to indicate that he wouldn't see many targets, but he knows the Saints offense pretty well, it's safe to say.

We certainly hope White, if ailing, isn't out for long, but I must stress that we don't know anything for sure. We'll find out in the coming days where he stands injury-wise, but any time he's forced to miss is a tough loss for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

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