Falcons release RB Mike Davis after disappointing season | Soccer News

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By PAUL NEWBERRY – AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — After a disappointing season with his hometown team, running back Mike Davis was released Monday by the Atlanta Falcons.

The move came as no surprise for a team struggling with salary cap issues, especially after the 29-year-old Davis rushed for just 503 yards and three touchdowns last season. He averages 3.6 yards per carry.

The Falcons signaled they were moving in a different direction in last week’s draft, pick BYU running back Tyler Allgeier in the fifth round.

The team also re-signed Cordarrelle Patterson, who became one of the team’s biggest offensive options by lining up at both running back and receiver.

“I appreciate everything the Falcons have done for me,” Davis, from the suburb of Lithonia, wrote on Twitter. “I was able to play for my hometown and impact my community. I appreciate the fans and my family.

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Davis was hoping to make a big impact with the Falcons after s signing of a two-year, $5.5 million contract before the 2021 season.

He was coming off the best season of his career with Carolina. He led the Panthers with 642 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2020, while also proving to be an effective option in the passing game with 59 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns.

But Davis failed to match those numbers with the Falcons, and his role dwindled over the season as Patterson got a starring role.

By cutting Davis, the Falcons reduced his cap from $3.5 million hit by $2.5 million.

Atlanta also released linebacker James Vaughters, who played 10 games in 2021, and offensive lineman Willie Beavers, placed long snapper Beau Brinkley on injured reserve and signed 13 college free agents.

Atlanta is now in full rebuilding mode after trading longtime quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts and learning that wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who missed most of last season due to health issues. sanity, will be suspended for all of 2022 for betting on the NFL. matches away from the team.

The Falcons signed Marcus Mariota to take over as the new starting quarterback, selected Southern Cal wide receiver Drake London 8th overall in the draft, picked Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder in the third round and became very offensive on the last day of the draft with Allgeier in the lead.

Allgeier set BYU records with 276 carries and 1,601 rushing yards in 2021. He tied the national lead with 23 rushing touchdowns.

“We like his yards after contact,” coach Arthur Smith said. “The opportunities there in the running backs’ room are wide open.”

The Falcons also signed running back Damien Williams to compete for playing time in the backfield.

Turns out there was no room for Davis.

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