Unlike last offseason, this offseason rookies and undrafted players alike were able to practice in-person during training camp and showcase their talents during preseason games. Quite a few rookies on the roster stood out, but as NFL rosters remain limited to 53 players, many were ultimately cut before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
On Wednesday afternoon, teams are able to begin signing players to their practice squads to fill out ahead of next week’s regular season start. One name who has been signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad is running back Caleb Huntley, a league source told me.
#Falcons are signing RB Caleb Huntley to practice squad, per source.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) September 1, 2021
Many were shocked to see Huntley not make the initial 53-man roster, especially after the team released Javian Hawkins ahead of their week 3 preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. Huntley has impressed, finishing with the third best yards-per-carry average in the NFL this preseason, with a minimum of 20 carries. His 20 carries for 91 yards and touchdown had him averaging 4.6 yards a touch, which is very welcomed by NFL teams, especially the Falcons. He showed impressive physicality at times and is clearly a player Arthur Smith and the coaching staff like, so he could be a piece of this backfield in the future.
Regardless, it’s good to see a fan-favorite back in Atlanta and ready to compete and grow on the practice squad. Look for Huntley to make a strong push for a roster spot next offseason, and perhaps even push his way on to the roster this season.
View The Falcoholic’s practice squad tracker by clicking here.