On Wednesday the Atlanta Falcons signed free agent WR Brian Robiskie to help fill in the gap left by the departure of WR Julio Jones, who is out for the season with a foot injury.
Robiskie has four years experience with the Cleveland Browns (2009 – 2010), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011), and Detroit Lions (2012). His most prominent season was with the Browns in 2010 where he averaged 10.1 yards a catch. He’s no Julio Jones and no one is really, Jones is one of a kind, but he’ll suffice with his 6-foot-3 and 209-pound frame compared to Jones’ 6-foot-3 and 220-pound one. They’re almost a match in size, if nothing else.
This is a good thing because Harry Douglas is a big threat down the field but defensive backs won’t back off of him because he stands at 6-0 and 183 pounds. They’ll attempt to lay big hits on him and attack him in the same manner as Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and the Falcons can’t afford another loss at wide receiver. Still, Douglas is a big threat whenever he gets his hands on the ball you expect a big play. He’s averaging 13.6 yards a catch already. Fans have been waiting for Douglas’ chance to shine and now he has it.
Rookie TE Levine Toilolo and veterans Drew Davis and Kevin Cone are definitely going to see more playing time. Davis caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan last year against the Eagles, Kevin Cone stepped up against the Jets and caught a 12-yard pass in the fourth quarter, and Levine Toilolo is a 6-foot-8 and 225-pound talented stud. The rookie from Stanford has already proven himself by receiving two touchdowns in the small amount of time he’s played. If he’s that size, he’ll definitely be a mismatch for teams down the road.
Also on a side note, Terry Robiskie, the Falcons wide receiver coach and assistant head coach, is Brian Robiskie’s father, so we are ensured that Robiskie will fit into the wideout program that his father has built.
So there you have it, after the news of the loss of Julio Jones, general manager, Thomas Dimitroff, came in to save the day (once again) to keep everyone from throwing the towel in on the Atlanta Falcons’ season.