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Falcons sign WR Tajae Sharpe

With recent news, Sharpe may figure into the competition at wide receiver this summer.

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Today has been nothing but bad news, seemingly, but we actually have something else to talk about. The Falcons have reportedly signed wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to the roster, with no corresponding move announced as of yet.

Sharpe played for Arthur Smith back in 2019, managing 25 grabs on 35 targets for 329 yards, an average of 13.2 yards per reception, and 4 touchdowns. He played in just four games for the Vikings in 2020 before being waived in December and wound up on the Kansas City practice squad shortly thereafter, re-signing in early April. The Chiefs waived him a week ago, and Arthur Smith and company went and got their man.

Sharpe stands 6’2”, has 51 games and 29 starts at wide receiver in the NFL, and did fine work for Smith, who probably wanted to see if his sure hands and fine work on third downs back in 2019 can translate to a successful stint in this offense. Atlanta’s depth beyond Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage is still pretty inexperienced, even if there are intriguing players competing this summer.

When taken together with the increasingly dire news about the possibility of Julio being moved, the addition seems like the team taking on a flier on a player who might be able to at least contribute as a reserve outside opposite Calvin Ridley if the trade happens. It’s just a flier at the moment, but his experience and familiarity with Smith, plus the lack of obvious options to fill Julio’s legendary cleats outside of Christian Blake and rookie Frank Darby, will make him one to watch this summer if he sticks around.

We’ll see who’s headed out—I believe the Falcons maxed out their roster when the picked up tackle William Sweet last week—but give Sharpe a warm welcome to Atlanta.