The Falcons invited seven players to join their minicamp on a tryout basis. Three of them impressed enough to earn a longer look and a shot to compete for a spot on the squad.
Receiver Chris Blair, defensive lineman Albert Huggins and kicker Matthew Trickett now have that opportunity. The team announced on Friday morning that they were all signed.
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Blair is 6-foot-3, 200-pound pass catcher originally signed by Green Bay in 2021 as an undrafted free agent. He spent some time on the Packer practice squad that season and signed a reserve futures deal with them in 2022.
He played in the XFL for the 2023 season, with 26 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns as a member of the D.C. Defenders.
Huggins is a Clemson product who has bounced around among several teams during his NFL tenure. Trickett is a Minnesota alum who could help take some of the summer workload off Younghoe Koo.
Esteemed running back and return man Avery Williams was formally placed on season-ending injured reserve in a corresponding move. He suffered an ACL injury during the offseason program. Quarterback Austin Aune and receiver Justin Marshall were also released to create space for the new signings.