Falcons Cut Surprising Veteran After NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons have cut veteran running back Mike Davis following the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Atlanta Falcons have cut veteran running back Mike Davis following the 2022 NFL Draft. / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons added eight new faces to the team through the 2022 NFL Draft, which ultimately means spots are going to have to be cleared on the roster. A number of players are at risk of being cut, but fans may be surprised to hear one of the first ones to be let loose is running back Mike Davis.

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Davis posted a career-high 1,015 yards from scrimmage with the Carolina Panthers in 2020 and it led to a two-year free agent deal with the Falcons. The seven-year pro's stint in Atlanta was short-lived as he racked up 503 rushing yards, 259 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns across 17 games played.

There's no denying that Davis gave the Falcons what they were looking for in a ground-and-pound complementary back to starter Cordarrelle Patterson. However, he averaged only 3.6 yards per attempt and tallied a career-high 4 fumbles. That's not going to get the job done given his salary.

Letting Davis go not only saves the team $2.5 million against the cap, but it also gives fifth-round pick Tyler Allgeier an opportunity to earn a bigger role in training camp. The BYU product logged 2,731 rushing yards (6.4 average) and totaled 36 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Cougars.

Along with Allgeier & Patterson, Atlanta's backfield also features the likes of veteran Damien Williams and three-year pro Qadree Ollison. The Falcons are hoping Allgeier's aggressive style of play can help transform an offense that averaged the second-fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL (85.4).

Atlanta currently has odds set at +18000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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