Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones Injury Opens Opportunity for Brian Robiskie
Coming into the season, the last thing the Atlanta Falcons were worried about was their depth at the wide receiver position, as they boasted one of the best dynamic duos in the league. Instead of defense being their top priority during their bye in Week 6, the Falcons find themselves signing wide receiver Brian Robiskie to help bolster their depleted receiving unit.
After losing arguably one of the best receivers in the NFL, the Falcons were ready to experience the post-Julio Jones era with the signing of their newest wideout, who happens to be the son of Terry Robiskie, the Falcons’ receivers coach.
One of the reasons coach Mike Smith went after the former Buckeye is because of Robiskie’s familiarity with the offense from his father and during his time in Jacksonville under Falcons’ offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
“Brian has … three or four years of experience, knows our offense, knows our verbiage,” Smith told ESPN. “I know that father and son always speak. I’m sure they kind of speak the same language.”
As Robiskie prepares to create some chemistry with his teammates and learn his new team, Jones will be preparing for his foot surgery on Monday that will end his season after playing in only five games.
Although no single player could ever replace Jones’ impact and skill on the field, the Falcons are hoping that their newly acquired 6-foot-4, 212-pound receiver can help them continue to be one of the best passing offenses in the league.
A former second-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, Robiskie is just excited to be back on the field and is ready to help his new team in any way possible.
“It feels really good being out here, being back,” Robiskie said following practice. “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I’m really excited to help out any way I can.”
As Roddy White continues to nurse a hamstring injury, Robiskie will get opportunities to make an impact playing with one of the best quarterbacks in Matt Ryan.
Robiskie and the rest of the wide receivers will try to make up Jones’ production, as he ended his year with 41 catches for 580 yards and two scores. This will indeed be a difficult feat, as the Falcons’ once proud receiving unit is literally limping with injuries.
For the Falcons’ sake, they are praying that Robiskie can become a reliable option for Ryan and the passing attack as soon as possible.