The Atlanta Falcons are far from where they expected to be at this point in the season. With just one win under their belt and several injuries taking its toll, specifically wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons will have to turn to unnamed players to make a difference.
One player that Atlanta is hoping will recognize his opportunity on the team is undrafted rookie wide receiver Darius Johnson. The Falcons signed Johnson to the active roster on Saturday after they waived safety Shann Schillinger.
Johnson led the team with 13 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown in the preseason, which certainly has to excite the fans. At this point, the loyal fan base will appreciate anything after the dismal performance through the first five games this season.
It is unknown exactly what Johnson’s immediate role in the offense will be. With that being said, outside of tight end Tony Gonzalez no receiver has stepped up to be an asset for quarterback Matt Ryan. I have to imagine the Falcons will give Johnson a chance right away. In fact, they would be foolish not to, especially with Roddy White out with a hamstring and ankle injury.
If Johnson does get some decent playing time, he will have a great opportunity to prove his worth against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that has surrendered 247.8 passing yards per game this season. One can only hope that he gets the chance to go up against cornerback Darrelle Revis in order to see how talented he truly is.