Falcons pick Packers 25-year-old WR to join training camp ahead of upcoming NFL season

The Atlanta Falcons have been failing to secure the playoffs since the 2017 season, albeit they seem to be preparing to bounce back in the league following drafting a few new faces in free agency including veteran cornerback Tre Flowers.

To strengthen their wide receiver corps for the upcoming NFL season, Atlanta has decided to pick up a rising star from Aaron Rodgers‘ former team Green Bay Packers as they recently included wide receiver Chris Blair in their roster and he is set to join the training camp soon.

Who is Chris Blair?

Chris is a former Alcorn State star and he became the leading receiver as a junior with a team-high 529 receiving yards along with six touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.

Before heading to Alcorn the 6-3, 200-pounder spent the previous two seasons at Hinds Community College and the team’s coach Fred McNair earlier revealed his eagerness to get the young star enrolled in their roster.

Chris Blair

“Chris had an offer from Mississippi State, but after the coaching change there he decided to go a different way. I’d been trying to get Chris to come to Alcorn for a while, and I just kept in contact with him and we’re very happy to have him.”

When does Falcons’ training camp start?

Atlanta is popular for keeping the training camp’s date a secret till the end of the full-time minicamp. Let’s have a glimpse of the team’s off-season programs.

Rookie Minicamp:
May 12-14
OTA Offseason Workouts:
May 23-25
May 31-June 2
June 6-9
Mandatory Minicamp:
June 13-15

Rookie minicamp provides the new draft picks or undrafted players with the opportunities to explore themselves on the field before veteran players start the practice session, hence, the former HBCU player would get the opportunity to prove his worth on the field after facing bad luck on getting out of the 2020 NFL Draft class due to Covid pandemic.

Will Chris Blair be an excellent addition to the Falcons roster?

After failing to make the NFL Draft, Blair headed to XFL and moonlighted as a hero by paving the way for his team D.C. Defenders to the XFL title game with the record of catching 25 passes in 10 games and racking up 584 yards for 23.3 average per catch.

The Louisville native ranked sixth in the nation in yards per reception and became his team’s leading receiver with 931 yards alongside seven touchdowns, however, his career-high 150 yards was his best performance in the season.


With these phenomenal records, the 25-year-old might be looking to prove himself worthy to get included in the Falcons’ regular-season roster. If Chris can successfully impress the coaching staff and demonstrate consistent performance during training camp, he could potentially secure a significant role in Atlanta’s offense for the upcoming NFL season.

Will Blair be able to secure a permanent spot in the Falcon’s roster? You can share your projections with us in the comments.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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