Falcons sign Laquon Treadwell to practice squad

The former first-round pick spent training camp with the Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday morning that they have signed wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to their practice squad.

The former first-round pick spent training camp with the Falcons before being released during the 53-man roster cut downs. Ultimately, the Falcons decided to keep six receivers on the roster, choosing to go with Christian Blake, Olamide Zaccheaus and return-man Brandon Powell behind their starting trio of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.

Treadwell, 25, was a standout during his college career at Ole Miss. He was among the best receivers in the country during his junior season in 2015 when he caught 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. During his three-year college career, Treadwell caught 202 passes for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns.

What it means

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams are able to move players to and from their practice squads with much more flexibility in 2020. By adding a veteran like Treadwell to their practice squad, the Falcons now give themselves another option for their active roster in case a receiver were to sustain an injury or miss a game due to illness. After spending the offseason with Atlanta, Treadwell should be ready to step in immediately if needed.

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