Qadree Ollison made the roster and suffered that unfortunate fate that sometimes befalls players shortly after teams cut down to 53 players: He was cut, in favor of another running back, and found himself floating out there in free agency. After drawing praise over the summer from Arthur Smith, especially early on, that was frankly a crappy outcome.
It’s not a roster spot—not yet—but Ollison is happily back in Atlanta.
We have signed Qadree Ollison to the practice squad and released Sam Jones from the practice squad.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 7, 2021
The Falcons have two running backs on the practice squad now, with Ollison joining rookie Caleb Huntley. It is, as it stands today, a good group at the position, with Mike Davis in the lead, Cordarrelle Patterson mixing in as a powerful runner and receiving threat out of the background, Wayne Gallman serving an unknown role and Huntley and Ollison available as emergency depth. It’s one of the few position groups that I feel good about from top to bottom today, and yeah, having Ollison back helps that.
I’m not at all sure how much of Ollison we’ll see in 2021—he seems doomed to tiny roles as long as he sticks with this team—but I’ll keep hoping he gets a chance to wow us at some point and does so. Welcome back.