Brady Ewing isn’t about to pencil himself into the lineup.
The fullback was drafted in the fifth round (157th) out of Wisconsin, and the acquisition led the Falcons to release Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli this week. By rule, the team needed to wait until Mughelli was recovered from the knee injury that cut short his season.
“Whenever you have to make decisions on your roster it’s always tough, especially with a guy who has contributed and helped us have the success that we’ve had,” Smith said of Mughelli. “It was an organizational decision, and we wish Ovie the best. We’ve got to move on. The roster is always changing. It’s never going to be the same.”
Smith said Ewing (5-11, 243) has shown the ability to catch the ball early in camp.
“I’m not really worrying about that situation,” Ewing said of replacing Mughelli. “I know that’s the NFL, and that’s the way the business works. I’m just going to do what I can control. Take care of the things I can do. Come out and work every day, getting in the playbook and coming with the right mindset and hopefully everything else will take care of itself.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog