The Atlanta Falcons drafted Marlon Davidson out of Auburn University in the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. At 6’3 and 300 pounds with good mobility, Davidson was supposed to help shore up the defensive line of scrimmage.
To say he’s been a disappointment would be an understatement. He has just 29 tackles in two years and has only started one game. He’s on the bubble to even make the team in 2022, and his latest setback could prove to be the end of his time with the Falcons.
Falcons beat writer Michael Rothstein reported that Davidson will miss the rest of the preseason (at least) after having his knee scoped.
“Falcons DL Marlon Davidson had his knee scoped on Thursday morning, a source told ESPN, and he will miss at least the rest of preseason,” wrote Rothstein on Twitter. “Davidson, Atlanta’s 2nd round pick in 2020, has been fighting for a roster spot and has not been considered a roster lock throughout camp.”
Davidson was usurped on the depth chart last season by 2021 fifth-round pick Ta’Quon Graham. Graham started five games in 2021 and played in 13. He is listed at the top of the Falcons depth chart in a spot that former general manager Thomas Dimitroff must have hoped would be filled by Davidson when he drafted him.
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The Falcons are next in action on Monday night against the New York Jets in their second preseason game. It’s been confirmed we won’t see Marlon Davidson again during the preseason.
Whether we see him again in a Falcons uniform remains to be seen.