Not even two years ago the Atlanta Falcons took a sizable chunk of the Wisconsin Badgers offense: center Peter Konz and fullback Bradie Ewing. The two had helped piece together a fantastic run game in Madison, Wisconsin but that has failed to translate to the NFL.
In his rookie year, Ewing had a bad knee injury in the preseason that was later reported as a torn ACL. Ewing never played a single regular season snap in 2012. In 2013, Ewing broke his shoulder in game two, yet again ending his season on injured reserve.
Whether the move was motivated by freak injuries or not, Thomas Dimitroff clearly did not feel comfortable relying on Ewing's health for another year, as this happened:
Falcons release fullback Bradie Ewing: http://t.co/n1BclsUEQG pic.twitter.com/dwD5FTUvkx— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) March 22, 2014
The 5'11", 243 pound fullback never got a chance to shine. With his selection in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons got a total of 14 regular season snaps where Ewing caught both of his two targets for 29 yards. It is a disappointing end to his Falcon career after showing plenty of utility in the offense in his brief playing time.
Ewing was the highest drafted fullback by the Atlanta Falcons since Justin Griffith way back in 2003. Ewing never lived up to that draft status and is now released before he got a shot to stay healthy and show what he was capable of doing.
With Jason Snelling retired, the Falcons have only one blocking back on the roster in Patrick DiMarco. Expect them to consider addressing the position this spring.