When a pass catcher blazes a 4.39 40 at his pro day, we hold out high hopes for his career. When a player goes down at camp with a knee injury, we hold out a different sort of high hopes for his career as well. Devin Fuller had lots of high hopes, but the UCLA product is probably out of hope for making an impact with the Atlanta Falcons.
An MRI revealed Falcons WR Devin Fuller tore his ACL today, source said. His season is over. Bad luck -- 2nd yr with a season-ending injury.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2017
Fuller was in the running for a returner job and as a depth wide receiver to potentially replace Aldrick Robinson. He had an uphill battle after missing all of 2016 with a hamstring injury, and the Falcons signed speedster Andre Roberts for a similar role.
It’s another tough blow to Fuller, who was dealt a few poor hands at UCLA between injuries and poor quarterback play. It is unlikely he will hold onto his roster spot until next training camp, as the former 7th round selection has been unable to make it to the regular season in his first two years in the league. Even if he returns with his same explosiveness, which is not a safe assumption, the team may question how long his health will last.
The Falcons signed two random wide receivers today, indicating they did not expect Fuller to return any time soon. His replacement(s), Reginald Davis III and Bra'Lon Cherry, are long shots.