The Atlanta Falcons announced today that wide receiver Courtney Roby was released and will be replaced on the roster by Freddie Martino, who was promoted from the team’s practice squad.
Roby was signed during the summer as a replacement for injured receiver Drew Davis. Roby wound up making the team thanks to his special teams ability, having served previously as the special teams captain of the New Orleans Saints prior to his arrival in Atlanta. In recent weeks, he saw more opportunities thanks to injuries sidelining Roddy White and Harry Douglas. Roby finishes his stint with the Falcons having appeared in four games, where he caught one pass for 11 yards.
Martino, an undrafted rookie out of North Greenville, made the practice squad thanks in part to a 67-yard touchdown catch in the team’s preseason finale, his lone reception during the exhibition slate.
These two roster moves may precipitate further shakeup to the wide receiver position. Davis is nearing a point where he could return to practice from the Physically-Unable-to-Perform list. When exactly Davis is healthy enough to return remains to be seen, but a five-week window could begin next week that could begin the process of returning to the active roster. The team also reached an undisclosed injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn during the summer, and it’s also possible he could return to the team as early as next week.