Living like an NFL version of a fringe-level actor taking any audition he can get, Blidi Wreh-Wilson finally landed a part. It took some doing.
Following three months of steady workouts for teams, the fourth-year cornerback signed with the Falcons, who were in need of corner depth after placing No. 1 outside stopper Desmond Trufant on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Since failing to make the Titans’ 53-man roster out of training camp, Wreh-Wilson embarked on an arduous sojourn that included near-weekly workouts for teams that ended up passing. The former Titans third-round pick tried out for the Jets, Lions and Seahawks in September, the Dolphins and Bears in October and Giants in November. Trufant’s injury paved the way for a gig at long last, even though it’s likely temporary.
However, the soon-to-be 27-year-old corner will be playing for the NFC South-leading Falcons, who are now reeling at corner. Trufant, whom the team will likely attempt to sign to an extension this offseason after exercising his fifth-year option in May, is one of the NFL’s best corners. Behind him, Atlanta will now turn to former second-rounders Robert Alford and Jalen Collins as starters. But behind them, only Brian Poole — an undrafted rookie — and now Wreh-Wilson reside.
The Falcons, though, do have a light schedule in terms of pass attacks. Prior to Week 17 Saints rematch, the Falcons face the Chiefs, Rams, 49ers and Panthers, which should allow some seasoning for the reworked secondary in advance of a likely playoff berth.
Wreh-Wilson comes with extensive experience despite his nomadic 2016. He started in 11 games for the 2014 Titans and three last season before being relegated to a sub-package performer.