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Drake London ‘making progress’ and training, hopeful for Week 1 vs Saints

Yesterday Arthur Smith sat down with the media to discuss the week ahead, and one of the questions that inevitably came up was about Drake London. The rookie wide receiver is expected to play a major role in what will hopefully be an improved passing offense in 2022, and anything to keep him out for Week 1 against the Saints will be obviously a blow for the attack.

Arthur Smith has been optimistic – as optimistic as can be, anyway – about London’s status over the past few weeks. London was injured in the preseason opener after a fine 24-yard catch and run and hasn’t played since, but there was optimism he would be available against the Saints.

It still looks like that’s the likely outcome, although Smith understandably isn’t setting anything in stone. London is in practice, which in itself is a good sign, but in Smith’s words, London is ‘making progress’.

I’m no Twitter doctor, so I’m not going to say with confidence that London will be there against the Saints, but the team have certainly indicated they expect him to be there before now. If he practices, it’s apparently a strong indicator that he will play if there are no setbacks. Hopefully, he will be listed as probable when injury designations are announced on Wednesday.

London was the top receiver drafted in April. With his size, ball skills and both his will and ability to make things happen after the catch, he looks like a strong candidate for this Falcons offense and should be a terrific pass-catching option alongside Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Bryan Edwards as soon as possible. as he is on the ground. Hopefully he plays – and is productive – against the Stupid Saints.