Atlanta Falcons Depth Chart Breakdown: Wide Receivers
December 23, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes to wide receiver Roddy White (84) before the game in the final regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
WR2 — Roddy White
The veteran Roddy White can still play, and he will be a key piece to the offensive puzzle once again.
White has been a great servant to the Falcons and is entering his eleventh season with the Dirty Birds. He has caught 765 passes for 10,357 yards and 62 touchdowns.
White will face some tough competition in training camp, which is due to the Falcons boasting a strong group of receivers, but he will ultimately come through and remain the WR2 behind Jones.
The duo of Jones and White is strong as it is, but there is plenty of depth behind them.
WR3 — Justin Hardy
Justin Hardy was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and I have him edging out Devin Hester as the third receiving option for the Falcons.
Hardy will find a home in the slot, replacing Harry Douglas who was lost in free agency.
He will be used primarily for short to intermediate passes. Hardy could become Ryan’s go-to guy on third-and-short, as more than 70 percent of his catches as a senior went for first downs, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
If he can contribute early on, he will get the nod over his competition for this spot.