News: 1 day agoThough London is listed toward the back end of the Falcons' unofficial posted depth chart, Scott Bair of the team's official site notes that's an approach coach Arthur Smith typically takes at this stage of the preseason.
Spin: With that in mind, Bair notes that London -- who the Falcons took eighth overall in the 2022 NFL Draft -- typically works with the team's first unit during training camp practices, and has held his own against Atlanta's top cornerbacks. Bair adds that "it's fair to expect London will play a ton once the regular season begins, as a top receiver worthy of being listed first at his position." Also in the mix for wideout targets early on this season are the likes of Bryan Edwards, Olamide Zaccheaus, KhaDarel Hodge and Geronimo Allison, but among that group the 6-foot-4 rookie remains the upside play in an offense that is slated to be helmed by QB Marcus Mariota.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: London was selected by Atlanta with the eighth overall pick in April's draft. London is a 6-foot-4, possession receiver who lacks speed, but makes up for it with size and terrific ball skills. He aligned in the slot 96% of the time during his first two seasons at USC, but flipped to 85% perimeter in 2021 and enjoyed a breakout campaign. He handled a massive 38% target share when active, which allowed an 88-1,084-7 receiving line during a season cut short by a broken ankle. London is one of the youngest players entering the league, but he's set for an immediate every-down role in an Atlanta offense that badly needed WR help. The Falcons' QB situation is a concern, but London will see enough targets to warrant weekly WR3/flex consideration, at least.