The Falcons have parted ways with wide receiver Darius Johnson, the team announced today (via Twitter). No corresponding roster move was announced, but Johnson’s departure clears a spot on the 90-man roster, so the club will likely sign a player to fill that opening soon.
Johnson joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of SMU last season, and appeared in 10 games for the club, compiling 22 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown. The 23-year-old was on a minimum salary contract, so he wasn’t cut for cap reasons, but now that he’s no longer in the mix, it could open the door for another young wideout to earn a regular season roster spot — five of the 20 undrafted free agents the Falcons signed following the draft were receivers.
Because he only has one year of experience, Johnson will be exposed to waivers, and must pass through unclaimed before he reaches unrestricted free agency.