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Falcons Named Potential Landing Spot for Big-Play WR

The Atlanta Falcons made some difficult decisions with the team’s final roster cuts at wide receiver. In addition to Drake London, Mack Hollins and Scott Miller, the Falcons kept KhaDarel Hodge and Josh Ali.

With only five roster spots dedicated to receivers, the team cut Zay Malone and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The Falcons signed Malone and Matthew Sexton to the practice squad on Wednesday. But the Falcons could still make adjustments at wideout.

Pro Football Focus’ Brad Spielberger argued on August 30 that Atlanta would be an interesting landing spot for veteran wide receiver Robbie Chosen.

“Robbie Chosen is not far removed from a 95-reception, 1,096-yard season in 2020 with the Carolina Panthers and can still stretch the field for a handful of teams in 2023,” Spielberger wrote. “The speedster broke off a 75-yard reception in Week 1 of 2022, finishing with a stat line of five receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.

“From that point on, with Carolina and eventually Arizona, the production wasn’t really there, but Chosen’s 14.6-yard average depth of target was near the top of the NFL.”

Three years can make a huge difference in the NFL. But Chosen, who was formerly known as Robby Anderson and Robbie Anderson, averaged 14.1 yards per catch with 20 receptions last season.

There may still be some big plays in his 30-year-old legs.

Chosen is available because the Miami Dolphins released him as part of their roster cuts on Tuesday. The Dolphins have less of a need for a big-play receiver. They already possess Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill.

The Falcons, though, didn’t have a receiver average more than 14 yards per reception last season. Anderson posted more than 14 yards per catch and recorded 40 receptions in a season four times during his career.

Last season, Chosen registered 20 catches for 282 yards and 1 touchdown with the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals. He has averaged 13.2 yards per catch in his seven-year career.

At Temple’s Pro Day in 2016, Chosen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.

Spielberger also named the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns as potential landing spots for Chosen.