The Atlanta Falcons haven’t been shy about looking north for talent. Terry Fontenot’s front office has worked out or signed multiple CFLers in his tenure in Atlanta, with a couple spending the summer with the Falcons in hopes of latching on. They have one unmitigated success story from their excursions over the border, in the former of ex-CFLer and current nickel cornerback and punt returner Dee Alford.
The team may be gearing up to try again. Per 3 Down Nation, the Falcons have worked out wide receiver Austin Mack, who was an all-star for the Montreal Alouettes this past season.
Mack, 26, was an undrafted free agent who caught on with the New York Giants back in 2020 and grabbed seven passes for 91 yards. He was dropped by the Giants after being placed on injured reserve in 2021 and bounced around a bit before landing in the CFL, where he helped the Alouettes to a championship while reeling in 78 catches for 1,154 yards and four touchdowns. Standing 6’1” (or 6’2”, depending on where you look), Mack’s scouting reports typically praise his size, strength, and route-running acumen, but are less complimentary toward his hands, blocking, and inconsistent production.
The Falcons could sign him to the practice squad this week or pick him up later on a reserve/future contract if they like what they saw from the workout, and this team is going to head into next year with virtually no wide receivers under contract aside from Drake London, so having a youngish one to compete would be welcome. We’ll see if the team brings him aboard, but given their recent history with the CFL, I’d be surprised if this is the last name from that league we hear connected to the Falcons in 2024.