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Taylor Gabriel officially signs tender

The dynamic wide receiver showed up for OTAs, so it’s not a surprise, but it’s good to have it done.

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If you were nervous about the possibility of Taylor Gabriel not signing his free agent tender, this should take care of that.

There was little doubt Gabriel would sign, given that he reported to team activities earlier this month. Gabriel is an essential cog on this team in 2017, and he looks like the dynamic third receiver the Falcons need. He will see tons of playing time, and is a relatively cheap, starting-caliber player for a team that will look to return to the Super Bowl in 2017.

Gabriel finished the 2016 season with 579 yards and six receiving touchdowns, and he averaged 12.8 yards per carry on four rushing attempts. He also broke some dudes’ ankles along the way.

Welcome back (officially) to Gabriel.