We’re a few days into the start of the Atlanta Falcons 2020 training camp, and the team has announced that they’ve made some moves. The Falcons have released punter Ryan Allen and have waived rookies center Austin Capps, right tackle Scottie Dill, tight end Caleb Repp and linebacker Jordan Williams.
Those moves bring the Falcons down to 79 players, because the guys currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list also don’t count toward the roster limit. When they return the Falcons will have decisions to make, but for now they’re just holding on to that open spot until the Darqueze Dennard signing is official.
We have placed LB Foye Oluokun on the reserve/COVID-19 list.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 2, 2020
We have released P Ryan Allen and we have waived Caleb Repp, Austin Capps, Scottie Dill and Jordan Williams. https://t.co/oj4YwMjeqS
Ryan Allen joined the Falcons during the 2019 season to fill-in for injured punter Matt Bosher, who is no longer apart of the team. He landed 14 of his 28 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and averaged 41.9 yards per punt last season. The Falcons surprised a lot of folks, as they decided to selected punter Sterling Hofrichter in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, who now has a clear path to being the team’s starting punter. Hoftrichter has a strong leg and can kick field goals in a pinch, likely making him both the team’s kickoff specialists and punter.
Additionally, the team waived four of their undrafted free agents, who unfortunately didn’t get much of an opportunity to display their talents in camp due to the current pandemic. Austin Capps played in 45 games with 8 starts during his career at Arkansas, spending time on both sides of the ball, and was listed as a center in Atlanta. Scottie Dill was a long shot to be the Falcons swing tackle, but his 6’7, 295 lbs size mixed with his surprising agility made him an interesting prospect. With so many tight ends on the roster, Caleb Repp was facing an uphill battle. Repp wasn’t the strongest blocker, but has good size and is viewed more as a possession receiving tight end. Jordan Williams doubled as both a linebacker and special teams ace.
It’s unfortunate for these younger players as they’ve had little to no interaction in camp. Their offseason was primarily virtual until last week, and they received no real on-field reps. We wish them only the best going forward in their young NFL careers.