The news on Devonta Freeman’s injury is still unclear, but early reports indicate he “could” be out about two weeks. The Falcons have Brian Hill and special teamer Kenjon Barner as the only potential running backs that have taken an offensive snap in their career. Fifth-round rookie Qadree Ollison was active on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, but only played sparingly on special teams.
That is not much depth, and certainly could become problematic if anyone suffered from an injury. Still, we expect Hill to take the bulk of all offensive snaps until Freeman returns.
The Falcons have also added Craig Reynolds, per the Falcons. He could be up from the practice squad as soon as this Sunday.
We have signed RB Craig Reynolds to the practice squad.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 12, 2019
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Reynolds was with Washington starting in the offseason. He began his career as a slot receiver before transitioning to running back at Kutztown. An undrafted free agent, Reynolds moved from the practice squad to the active roster for three games. He did not receive a touch. He was cut from Washington after Derrius Guice was activated and is now Freeman insurance.
At 5-foot-10 and 212-pounds, Reynolds has the athleticism to fit into Atlanta’s blocking scheme, but reportedly has struggled with pass protection. He’s still a few unlikely steps away from carrying the rock, but given how banged up the depth chart is, maybe we’ll see him in 2019.