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Atlanta Falcons Bolster YAC Attack: Sign CFL All-Star Austin Mack

The Atlanta Falcons signed CFL All-Star receiver Austin Mack on Monday. The Falcons worked out Austin Mack of the Montreal Alouettes as well as Tyriek McAllister of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week Tuesday.

The signing addresses an obvious need for the Falcons. Out of the 5 receivers listed on the Atlanta Falcons depth chart, only Drake London is signed for next season. Mack Hollins, Scotty Miller, Khadarel Hodge, and Van Jefferson are all pending to become unrestricted free agents currently. Josh Ali is under contract for next season although he finished the season on injured reserve.

Mack was one of if not the most impactful offensive players over the past CFL season which was his first in the CFL. Over the regular season, he had 78 receptions for 1,154 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had the 5th most receiving yards in the CFL. Mack brought a highly dangerous YAC attack generating 423 yards after catch which was good enough for 4th in the league.

Mack had the 2nd most yards over the CFL post season making 13 catches for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. He capped off the year with 6 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in Montreal’s Grey Cup victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. During the Grey Cup, Mack made a highly impressive one-handed catch while being interfered with for a 33-yard gain.

Mack is no stranger to NFL systems as he was signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He appeared in 11 games with the Giants recording 7 catches for 91 yards. He also spent time with the Titans and 49ers practice squads in 2021 and 2022.

Mack played for Ohio State in college where he had 79 receptions for 1,050 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2019 Mack had 27 receptions for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns for his senior season.

Mack is 26 years old and measures 6’2 205 pounds. He ran a 4.59 forty-yard dash at the NFL combine in 2020.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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