The Atlanta Falcons opted not to draft any Georgia Bulldogs in this year’s NFL Draft. Opting instead to sign one former Bulldog to an undrafted free agent deal bringing Jayson Stanley to Atlanta.
At first glance it seems doubtful Jayson Stanley is going to make the Atlanta Falcons roster. But watching the tape and looking at Stanley’s skill set there is a good chance he could find a way to stay in Atlanta this season.
Jayson Stanley was a gadget player for the Georgia Bulldogs. He is a long speedy receiver that the Dawgs found use for on both sides of the ball using his versatility to help stretch their receiving and special teams units.
Stanley was underwhelming in his time at Georgia but did steadily improve and gave a the team a boost more than once last season breaking big plays with his speed.
For that reason Stanley has a chance to find a role with Atlanta as a gadget player. Atlanta’s current coaching staff covets speed as seemingly their most important skill for fringe roster players.
Stanley could likely carve a role for himself as a special teams player offering a better skill set for the team. Justin Hardy is the current returner and special teams player it seems doubtful Stanley could be any worse and there isn’t any question he is faster.
Stanley should be an interesting player to watch this pre-season considering he has a skill set the Falcons are currently lacking. Though it is still a very long shot he will make the final roster.
It is puzzling why the Falcons don’t take more chances on Georgia Bulldogs players considering their record of success. Stanley will be the lone Dawg the Falcons take a chance on and is very unlikely to stick around. More to come as post draft moves continue.