Jun 17, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Clark Marquez (87) reaches for a ball during minicamp at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Even with the tremendous talent from the Falcons’ receiving corps, there is always room for new faces. Out with the old, in with the new. That has been the Atlanta’s model over the past couple of seasons. In 2015, the top two spots are already locked. Julio Jones as the number one and Roddy White as the number two. But, after that it is up for grabs.
The next best receiver as far as talent goes would probably go to rookie Justin Hardy. Hardy is expected to take over duties as the Falcons’ new slot receiver by replacing Harry Douglas who is now a member of the Titans. Hardy holds the FBS record for most receptions ever in college football. Click here for my full breakdown of Hardy.
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After Hardy leaves several men. You would have to imagine that Devin Hester will see some playing time as a wide receiver this year, but with Leonard Hankerson now with the team, Hester may not see too many snaps as a true receiver. Let me explain what I mean by that. Hankerson and Hester are two totally different players with two different skill sets. Hankerson gives the team a big body who has big speed to go with it while Hester is more of a gadget man. Look for Hester to see a lot of trick plays and screens rather than true routs in 2015.
Also vying for a spot on the team includes, Bernard Reedy, Eric Weems, Nick Williams, Carlton Mitchell, Freddie Martino and Marquez Clark.
Out of those seven men, only one will have a guaranteed spot. Weems is a tremendous special teams player and will get a spot on the 53-man roster for that very reason. If the Falcons choose to keep any other receivers, look for Reedy and Martino to go for that final spot.