We’re in the depths of the offseason here at The Falcoholic, and there has been little to nothing in the way of interesting news in ages. So, we’ll have to make some content of our own in the meantime. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be bringing you a new Player Profile series where we’ll take a look at each of the players on Atlanta’s roster. I’ll break down their measurables, past production, and try to project their 2020 season with the Falcons.
After taking a look at the projected starters, we now turn our attention to the depth on the Falcons’ roster. Today, I’ll be discussing WR Olamide Zaccheaus—a 2019 UDFA who wound up making the roster and showing off some impressive playmaking ability in very limited action.
WR Olamide Zaccheaus
Contract: $676K cap hit in 2020, under contract through 2021 ($675K APY)
Career Production: 10 games played | 3 receptions for 115 yards (38.3 YPR) and 1 TD
2019 Production: Same as above
Previous Teams: UDFA signed by the Atlanta Falcons (2019-present)
Measurables: 5’8, 193 | 4.49 40-yard dash, 1.58 10-yard split | 7.00 3-cone | 35.5” vertical jump, 125” broad jump
With the Falcons moving on from both Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy this offseason, the opportunity is there for some of the depth WRs on the roster to seize a bigger role in the offense. The most intriguing name of the bunch might be former UDFA Olamide Zaccheaus, who impressed enough during the 2019 preseason to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Zaccheaus had tremendous college production for a UDFA, with a terrific senior season that saw him post 93 receptions for 1058 yards (11.4 YPR) and 9 TDs.
He was the focal point of Virginia’s offense and showed off impressive speed, agility, and vision with the ball in his hands. A true do-it-all weapon, Zaccheaus got touches on gadget plays and as a RB, with 79 carries for 551 yards (7.0 YPC) and 2 TD over the course of his college career. His versatility clearly helped him find a role on the Falcons, where he served as a depth option for the majority of the season.
Zaccheaus finally got an opportunity to play starting in Week 6, where he began taking special teams snaps and had a small role in the offense. His big game of the season came in Week 13 against the Panthers, where Zaccheaus played 30% of the offensive snaps and caught a legendary 93-yard TD pass where he charged through the entire Carolina secondary. He also had 2 special teams tackles and a fumble recovery, showcasing his ability in that area.
While we didn’t see a ton of Zaccheaus in 2019, his flashes were enough to once again earn him an opportunity in training camp. We should expect Zaccheaus to have a significant leg up on the competition due to his experience in the scheme, his special teams ability, and his real NFL production. I don’t foresee a big role for Zaccheaus this season, but he’ll be one of the first names called if injuries strike.
Projection: Olamide Zaccheaus has earned more playing time in 2020 with some incredible flashes during his rookie season. He’s not the biggest or the most athletic receiver, but he’s savvy and versatile. Zaccheaus should be the favorite for the WR5 role and could have a small but notable role in the WR rotation. 10-15 receptions for 200 or so yards could be a possibility as Zaccheaus makes his case for a long-term job in Atlanta.