The Falcons were widely expected to show interest in the wide receivers to help fill the lack of depth behind Julio Jones. Well, for once, I have some good news. The Falcons are doing exactly that.
Falcons have inquired about Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin, according to source. Benjamin played under... https://t.co/cSLTbQkY4W— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 8, 2016
Benjamin played briefly under Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2014, and finished up with his best season in 2015. He has stunning speed that would help the offense stretch the field, and provide more balance as a consistent target across from Julio. Additionally, he has return experience that would likely mark the end of Devin Hester in Atlanta. This would be the perfect match, assuming Benjamin wants to reunite with Shanahan.
But Atlanta is not done. They are also kicking the tires on another Ohio pass catcher.
Mentioned earlier there's interest in the 2 guys Cincy sees as its key FAs -- WR Marvin Jones (CLE, ATL, TEN) and S George Iloka (MIN, MIA).— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 8, 2016
Jones is an interesting player who has experience playing across from great wide receivers, as he bookended A.J. Green last season, producing 65 catches for just over 800 yards. He has good speed and great size, and Jones could be a nice option to take the pressure off of Julio.
Both players are young, and are theoretically the missing piece to Atlanta's offensive problems. The team appears interested in improving one of the weakest positions on their roster early in the offseason.