Garrett Grayson, once a star quarterback at Colorado State, was just cut by the Atlanta Falcons. He signed with the team in October.
“To make room for the return of K Mike Meyer to the practice squad, the Falcons waived QB Garrett Grayson from practice squad,” wrote ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
Should the Broncos take a look? They are obviously struggling at quarterback with both Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler throwing more interceptions than touchdowns during this four-game losing streak. They also have Paxton Lynch, who has been injured, and Chad Kelly, who was hurt in college and again before the draft.
Grayson was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. That’s the same draft where the Broncos took linebacker Shane Ray in the first round, tackle Ty Sambrailo in the second, and tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third.
There was some talk that the Broncos could be interested in Grayson, and it was more than just his ties to the state. They had not yet drafted Lynch and Grayson appeared to be a good fit for then head coach Gary Kubiak. He had a big arm and some mobility for those rollout passes, though he wasn’t a runner.
“He throws with anticipation, which is rare for a college quarterback these days. He won’t overwhelm with his physical traits, but I think the whole is better than the composite parts. He has a game similar to Drew Brees,” said Mike Mayock after the pick was made.
In college, Grayson threw for 9,190 yards, 64 touchdowns and 27 picks. His senior year was his best, with 4,006 yards, 32 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions.
He never got a chance with the Saints or the Falcons, both of whom have entrenched starters. He has no NFL statistics. Plus, it is telling that he was cut so the Falcons could add a kicker to the practice squad.
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