After undergoing foot surgery in June, wide receiver Drew Davis was expected to be cleared for the regular season but has appeared to suffer a setback. He has now been put on the physically-unable-to-perform list per a report by Vaughn McClure.
This rules him out of any practice and game time for the first 6 weeks of the season which is a big blow for the young reserve receiver. He was expected to make the final 53 as the #4/#5 WR but will now have to spend the first few weeks looking on from the sideline as he continues his rehabilitation.
Davis made some explosive plays for the Falcons last season, including a 59-yard catch and run against the 49ers and a 36-yard touchdown against the Packers, but never really imposed himself as more than a bit part in the injury-riddled Falcons offense. His final statline for the year was 12 catches for 216 yard and 2 TD.
Injuries are always news stories no one wants to hear, but this is a good opportunity for training camp rookie sensation Bernard Reedy. The 5’8″ lightning bug has been difficult to cover in camp and showed off his playmaking abilities against the Dolphins week 1 with 35 and 26 yard gains. I believe he now has a very good shot of making the final 53. He also offers special team value which is what really sells you when you’re so deep down the depth chart.
If the Falcons decide to carry 5 WR as opposed to 6, I believe Reedy’s main competition will be Courtney Roby. Roby has made a name for himself as a special team ace and that could swing the battle back into his favour, especially if the coaching staff think Davis will be back healthy and ready for week 7. Fellow undrafted rookie WR Geraldo Boldewijn might produce a few whispers but it’s likely that he sticks on the practice squad.
With Mike Smith’s “next man up” mantra, this is the golden ticket for the reserve wide receivers.