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Falcons Work Out Former Alabama, Georgia State WRs: Report

Despite a strong offensive draft haul, the Atlanta Falcons remain thin at wide receiver. But that could be changing.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported on May 2 that the Falcons invited wide receivers Penny Hart and Slade Bolden for workouts.

Hart, who is from Roswell and played college at Georgia State, has three years of NFL experience with the Seattle Seahawks.

Bolden has yet to play a down in the league but played in college at Alabama. Last season, Bolden spent time with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Falcons have selected skilled position players in the top 10 during each of the past three drafts. They also signed veterans Mack Hollins and Scotty Miller this offseason.

But overall, they still remain a little thin at wide receiver. After the team’s top three wideouts (Drake London, Hollins and Miller), the Falcons don’t have another receiver who had more than 13 catches last year.

The most experienced wideout Atlanta possesses after the top three on its depth chart is KhaDarel Hodge. He has posted 43 receptions for 632 receiving yards and 1 touchdown in his five-year career.

Hart and Bolden don’t have more experience than KhaDarel, but either wideout could still offer some depth behind the team’s top three receivers.

Hart caught three passes for 20 yards in nine games last season. He played a career-low 34 offensive snaps but also lined up for an additional 77 snaps on special teams.

At Georgia State, Hart had 203 receptions, 2,960 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns across four years. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark twice and scored 8 touchdowns in two different seasons.

Bolden has yet to even dress for an NFL regular season game. At Alabama, he had 68 catches for 712 yards and 4 touchdowns in three seasons.

As a junior in 2021, Bolden recorded a career-high 42 receptions for 408 yards with 3 touchdowns.

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