Falcons keep it in the family, will sign Brian Robiskie

AP

The Falcons were dealt a serious blow by the loss of wide receiver Julio Jones for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

There’s no way that the Falcons are going to be able to replace what Jones provided to the offense, but placing him on injured reserve does open up a spot on the roster that needs to be filled. The Falcons didn’t have to look all that far to find it.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the team will be signing wide receiver Brian Robiskie to their roster. Getting a scouting report on Robiskie’s skills was easy since his father Terry is Atlanta’s assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

The younger Robiskie played six games with the Lions last season and remained with the team through offseason workouts before getting cut in June. He entered the league as as a second-round pick of the Browns in 2009, but never developed into an effective target in Cleveland as he caught just 39 passes during his three years with the team.

It’s unlikely he’ll give the Falcons even that much unless his dad’s presence on the sideline pushes him to unforeseen levels of playing time.