The Atlanta Falcons waived wide receiver Bryan Edwards, according to multiple reports, after elevating other players to their roster. The Falcons originally acquired Edwards from the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason in what was viewed as a low-risk, high-upside type of acquisition, but he failed to play himself into a significant role in Atlanta.
Edwards made just seven regular-season appearances for the Falcons. He reeled in three receptions for 15 yards. Edwards was expected to serve as Atlanta’s No. 2 receiver opposite rookie Drake London but was eventually downgraded to fifth receiver duties.
Edwards’ skill set and draft pedigree will likely land him another opportunity via a new destination. He will now be subjected to the league’s priority waiver claims process. We’ve identified three franchises that should attempt to claim Bryan Edwards.
Bears general manager Ryan Poles has attempted to address his team’s wide receiver depth all season long. Most recently, Poles acquired Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the NFL trade deadline in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. Claypool has recorded just six receptions for 13 yards in three showings.
The rebuilding Bears remain in evaluation mode. Poles will study his options ahead of the 2023 campaign. Adding Edwards via waivers could potentially solve one of Chicago’s most glaring needs.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson has flashed a willingness to add veteran receivers midseason. Robinson signed both Josh Gordon and Chris Conley this season. Gordon and Conley are no longer with the Titans. Perhaps Robinson should turn his attention to an available Edwards.
Tennessee’s passing game has shown the necessary improvement in recent weeks. Rookie receiver Treylon Burks enjoyed a breakout performance in their latest win over the Green Bay Packers. The Titans could still use more depth behind Burks and an aging Robert Woods, however.
Furthermore, Edwards should be relatively familiar with Tennessee’s offensive system and scheme. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith used to be Mike Vrabel’s offensive coordinator. The Titans are essentially still running Smith’s offense. Edwards didn’t enjoy success in Atlanta, but his grasp on the playbook could help him quickly acclimate in Tennessee. Edwards has the size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) to be an effective boundary blocker in Vrabel’s run-heavy approach.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
The Chargers have been banged up at the receiver position all season long. Mike Williams appears to have reinjured his ankle in Sunday night’s hard-fought defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers are still awaiting results on the full extent of Williams’ latest setback.
And then there’s Keenan Allen. Allen finally returned from a lengthy injury-related absence on Sunday. Prior to the Chiefs defeat, Allen had played a grand total of 45 offensive snaps. He’s now made three regular-season appearances. Allen seemed to pass his first test with flying colors, but adding depth in case Allen suffers another injury wouldn’t hurt.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco should be familiar with Edwards. Bryan Edwards spent the first two seasons of his career (2020-21) plying his trade in the AFC West with the Raiders. The 5-5 Chargers should leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of a postseason berth.