The Atlanta Falcons are in the middle of their rookie minicamp in Georgia. This means that drafted rookies, signed undrafted rookies, and tryout players can participate in practices for the Falcons.
Numerous players were invited to try out for the Atlanta Falcons, possibly leading to them receiving a contract to be able to make the final roster.
Former Austin Peay defensive back, Juantarius Bryant has been scammed in the worst way possible. He received a fake phone call from a 404 area code number, of someone claiming to be Dean Pees, the defensive coordinator of the Falcons, inviting him to participate in rookie minicamp.
People have been calling for the Atlanta Falcons to formally invite him to participate, but unfortunately, it is not that easy.
You cannot help but feel horrible for the young kid.
As he says in his post from May 15th, he has been fighting his whole life to be able to be in the NFL, and the rollercoaster of emotion that this awful scammer just put this guy through is heartbreaking.
He went from finally achieving his lifelong dream, showing up at the practice facility, and learning that he was never actually called by Pees. This no doubt was crushing.
While there most likely will not be any, you would hope to see the scammer face consequences for this horrible hoax. Hopefully, karma catches up to the person.
The NFL gives every team a certain amount of players who can participate in the minicamp, thus the Atlanta Falcons have most likely filled up the number of participants.
If the Falcons wanted to bring him in, it would most likely result in the dismissal of another player, and that simply would not be fair.
Juantarius Bryant knows this, and he is handling this as well as you possibly could. He showed nothing but honesty and professionalism in his statement that he released on Twitter.
Hopefully, a team will bring him in and give him a chance, he definitely deserves it. Hopefully, this should drive him to become even better and prove the person behind the scam wrong.