Not many people may know who Kevin Cone is, but that will soon change as the undrafted free agent back in 2011 is ready to make an impact. Though Cone has not received much playing time, he made his presence felt, as he hauled in his first career-reception for the Atlanta Falcons that went for 12 yards in a key third-down conversion Monday night against the New York Jets.
With star receivers Julio Jones out for the year with a foot injury and Roddy White nursing multiple injuries, the untested wide receiver has already set lofty goals as he believes he can become a vertical threat just like Jones was before he went down with an injury.
At 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, Cone has the size and speed to become a solid contributor in an offense that will be looking for playmakers at the wide receiver position, especially if White is unable to suit up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7.
With Cone ready to make an impact, he will most likely receive opportunities to put his skills to the test and showcase his vertical threat ability.
The Falcons have not attempted many deep passes this year due to the lack of quality quarterback Matt Ryan has been receiving from his porous offensive line. With that in mind, Ryan has been forced to get the ball out much quicker instead of allowing his receivers to run their routes down the field to take a shot.
While many analysts and fans alike believe that the dynamic passing attack for the Falcons will see a decrease in production without their top two wideouts, Cone doesn’t expect the Falcons’ passing attack to be hindered. Instead, Cone believes that they won’t miss a beat and expects his teammates not to slow down one bit.
While the Falcons seem to be low on confidence these days, it is refreshing to see that there is still some “swag” and confidence. Even though Cone has only one reception to his name, he has already made an impact off the field with his attitude. Fans should keep an eye on this young wide receiver who might have what it takes to become an impact player for the Falcons in the second half of the season.