Bryan Edwards’ time with the Atlanta Falcons has come to an end with perhaps his most memorable play for Atlanta coming against the Rams. With a chance to put Atlanta back on top and complete what would have been a comeback for the ages, Mariota forced a throw to Edwards who was shown up by Jalen Ramsey as Ramsey went over the top of Edwards and snatched the pass away to end Atlanta’s comeback bid.
That is the play that stands out for Edwards a player who was expected to be a starting receiver alongside rookie Drake London. Instead, Edwards quickly fell out of the rotation and caught only three balls for 15-yards on the season.
What appeared to be a slam dunk for the Falcons is clearly a bust of a trade less than a year later. In fairness to the Falcons, however, it is important to note that Marcus Mariota has been unable to get the ball consistently to Drake London and Kyle Pitts this season both of whom are clearly special talents. Edwards’ failure in Atlanta is as much on Mariota and the lack of a consistent passing game as it is his inconsistent route running.
Atlanta sent the Raiders a 2023 5th-round pick for Edwards a trade the Raiders have clearly won despite their dismal season and struggles on offense. Atlanta signed Frank Darby to the active roster to replace Edwards.
While it would be surprising to see Darby take the field on offense very often the one skill set he brings to the roster that Edwards lacked is his ability to play special teams. Adding Darby to the roster allows the Falcons a bit more positional flexibility and move on from a player who clearly is not a part of the offensive game plan.