Atlanta Falcons No. 4 wide receiver Drew Davis was placed on the active/PUP list to begin training camp, as he was recovering from foot surgery and dealt with some discomfort during training camp. Davis was expected to return before the regular season, but he hasn’t been removed from the active/PUP so far this preseason.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith told ESPN NFL Nation’s Vaughn McClure that Davis won’t be ready for the regular season, as the Falcons will place him on the reserve/PUP list to start the year. This means that Davis will be out for the first six games of the regular season as he continues to heal up from his foot surgery, and the move allows the Falcons to clear out a roster spot. Davis will probably be healthy before Week 7, but it pays for the Falcons to be able to get some roster flexibility. Although Davis is a nice role player as a backup WR, the Falcons don’t need to save a roster spot for him for a few games.
Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Devin Hester are locked in as the team’s top four wide receivers in Davis’s absence, though it will be interesting to see who is the No. 4 guy once the 25-year-old Oregon product returns from his injury. My money would be on Davis, but there’s also a chance someone else could emerge.