We follow along the undrafted free agent signings, but they are occasionally inaccurate. I am still haunted by the failed Noel Devine signing of 2011 after days of reports stating he was a Falcon. He was a perfect addition in my eyes, mostly because he was really short and the Falcons just drafted very short person Jacquizz Rodgers.
The Atlanta Falcons announced the following signings, mostly on offense:
QB Kurt Benkert – Virginia
RB Demario Richard – Arizona State
RB Justin Crawford – West Virginia
RB Malik Williams – Louisville
FB Daniel Marx – Stanford
FB Luke McNitt – Nebraska
C J.C. Hassenauer – Alabama
T Matt Gono – Wesley College
G Salesi Uhatafe – Utah
TE Jake Roh – Boise State
TE Troy Mangen – Ohio
WR Christian Blake – Northern Illinois
WR Detrich Clark – Colorado State
WR Devin Gray – Cincinnati
WR Dontez Byrd – Tennessee Tech
WR Lamar Jordan – New Mexico
DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner – UCLA
DT Jon Cunningham – Kent State
DE Mackendy Cheridor – Georgia State
LB Emmanuel Smith – Vanderbilt
OLB Anthony Winbush – Ball State
OLB Emmanuel Ellerbe – Rice
OLB Richard Jarvis – Brown
CB Joseph Putu – Florida
S Chris Lammons – South Carolina
S Secdrick Cooper – LA Tech
K David Marvin – Georgia
That’s right, one Georgia player! I know UGA fans will be very excited.
The undrafted free agents are much more interesting under Dan Quinn. It’s likely a couple guys end up on the active roster, and even contribute, similar to Brian Poole. The Falcons will likely see how both fullbacks do through training camp, with the winner taking the spot. We noted Atlanta’s interest in Malik Williams earlier this month, who could be an interesting keeper if he shows up on special teams.
I don’t know anything about Mackendy Cheridor, but it’d be pretty cool to hav a Georgia State player on the roster. Atlanta appears uninterested in upgrading tight end by only adding two at that position, but the position is shallow enough one could make it. The Virginia quarterback has “camp body” written all over him, but the team definitely needs to go cheaper and younger than Matt Schaub.