We are now well into the first week of training camp, and already some moves have been made. Another move is reportedly on the way, as the Atlanta Falcons are expected to re-sign safety J.J. Wilcox, per Tom Pelissero.
The #Falcons are expected to re-sign veteran safety J.J. Wilcox, pending COVID-19 testing and a physical, per source. Longtime Cowboy signed with Atlanta last year, but tore his ACL on the first day of camp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 6, 2020
Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in currently, Wilcox is expected to eventually re-sign with the Falcons pending COVID-19 testing and a physical. The physical itself will be interesting, as Wilcox tore his ACL in 2019 at his first Falcons’ training camp practice.
Prior to signing with the Falcons in 2019, Wilcox was a third-round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft and went on to have stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets starting in 39 games throughout his career.
Last year going into training camp, Wilcox was considered a strong candidate for a backup safety spot but unfortunately never got to prove his worth due to the season-ending injury. If he’s at full health, Wilcox will be competing with Chris Cooper, Sharrod Neasman, Jaylinn Hawkins and Ray Wilborn for safety depth.
We will keep an eye on further moves, as Keith Smith and Jamal Carter still remain on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list and corresponding moves may occur in the near future.