One of the biggest takeaways from the rookie mini-camp of the Atlanta Falcons was the play of undrafted cornerback Jayson Stanley.
The former Georgia wide receiver is transitioning to cornerback because the Falcons loved what they saw from him as a college tackler on special teams. He only received seven touches on offense during his career at Georgia, but he starred as a special teams player.
When talking about Stanley over the weekend, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn emphasized that his special teams skills and said the team wants to see if it can transfer to defense.
“He had been such an impact on special teams that we thought the tackling and the physicality, if we could convert him over and use some of that size and length at corner,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said according to Atlantafalcons.com. “… I would say I was encouraged by the first two days.”
In addition to playing college football in Athens, Stanley is from Fairburn, GA, which is a little more than a half hour drive from downtown Atlanta.
With the Bulldogs, Stanley didn't receive much playing time on offense. In three years, he recorded seven touches -- three catches and four rushing attempts -- in 10 games. He accumulated 111 yards with those opportunities. Stanley also made five total tackles.
He is still a long shot to make the roster, but Stanley is off to about as good of a start as he could have hoped for to begin his NFL career as an undrafted free agent.