Reporting Dan Mathews
In 2013 the news has just kept improving (heavy sarcasm) for the Falcons. One, with the 1-4 start and two, with all the injuries they’ve racked up.
On Wednesday, the team confirmed what they found out on Tuesday with wide receiver Julio Jones, after he went for a second opinion on his foot injury. He will be out the rest of the way with that injury and needs surgery to repair it. There’s no confirmation for exactly what is sidelining Jones for the rest of the season. Added to that, wide receiver Roddy White is reportedly looking doubtful for the Falcons next game against the Buccaneers inside the Dome on October 20th.
So, with Jones sitting on the sidelines for the rest of this season, the team now looks to other options on the squad. On Monday, wide receiver Kevin Cone picked up his first career catch for 12 yards against the Jets.
“That was a lot of fun,” Cone said. “It felt good and ready to pick up where I left off and hopefully come back out, work extra hard (and) get a win next game.”
Cone is a local player that grew up playing high school ball at St. Pius X, before heading to Shorter College in Rome, Georgia and then finishing up at Georgia Tech. He’s been with the Falcons since 2011, when he came into the league as an undrafted free agent.
Cone adds that while he’s not on the talent level that Julio is, he says people should give him a chance to show what he can add to the team.
“I’m definitely no Julio Jones,” Cone said. “But, I try to emulate my game to him and trying to do the best I can.”
Wide receiver Drew Davis is another player who will get more time on the field with Julio Jones off the field. Fans got to know him last season, when he caught a touchdown pass in the Falcons win on the road over the Eagles.
When the Falcons found out the news from the second opinion on Julio’s foot injury, they signed wide receiver Brian Robiskie. His name sounds familiar, because his father Terry is the receivers coach for the team. Robiskie comes to the team, after being cut loose this Summer by the Lions. During his career in the NFL, the wide receiver out of Ohio State has racked up 43 catches for 485 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns, Jaguars (Did not appear in any games), & Lions.
“I’m hoping that the more I’m out here, the more I’m running it (the offense) those guys (receivers) being around hearing some of the terms a lot of the stuff will just come back,” Brian Robiskie said. “That’s my goal, everyday to learn a little bit more and then get up to speed as much as I can.”
Robiskie has been working out in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since he was cut loose by Detroit in June. He has some familiarity with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, during their time with Jacksonville. As mentioned, Brian never appeared in any games due to injury. Yet, he did work with Koetter in the meeting rooms and on the practice field. Another fact mentioned before in this story he now gets the chance to work with his father, Terry.
“He’s a tough guy that’s how he is,” Brian Robiskie said. “I’m sure if you asked any of the other receivers, they’d tell you the same thing. He wants a lot out of his players and out here I’m no different, I’m one of his guys. So I got to do what he says, or he’ll get on me like he does everyone else.”
Brian’s dad Terry has the chops too, with a five year playing career in the NFL for the Raiders and Dolphins. During that time, Terry played for legendary coaches like John Madden, Tom Flores, and Don Shula. After retiring as a player, Terry got into the league as an assistant coach with Oakland in 1982 and has been in the game ever since.
So, while the team is lacking the star power now at wide receiver. The team now looks to the younger and less proven options to try and salvage this 2013 season towards hopefully making the playoffs. The players now have the rest of the weekend off for the bye week and will resume preparation for Tampa Bay on Tuesday in Flowery Branch.