According to his agent, the Atlanta Falcons have signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Dicky Lyons to a two-year deal.
The son of former University of Kentucky and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dicky Lyons Sr., Lyons Jr. (5-10, 192) caught 141 passes for 1,752 yards and 18 touchdowns during his 39-game career at the University of Kentucky.
Lyons also averaged 9.5 yards per punt return and 23.6 yards per kick return during his Wildcat career.
Suspended by head coach Rich Brooks for violating team rules following his freshman season, Lyons was a medical red-shirt (hamstring) as a sophomore. The Metairie, La. native bounce back from both setbacks and in 2006, Lyons was named Kentucky's Most Improved Offensive Player by the coaching staff, and in 2007, was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Last year, Lyons had settled into his role as a team leader and main offensive weapon. However, his college career would come to an end after tearing two ligaments (PCL,MCL) in his right knee against South Carolina. Despite appearing in just six games, Lyons still led the Wildcats in receptions (33) and receiving yards (264).
Lyons' signing could be an indicator that the team is bracing for a lengthy holdout from Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White.
Brian McIntyre lives in the Boston area. In addition to writing for FalconInsider.com, Brian maintains his own blog (www.macsfootballblog.com). If you'd like to e-mail him, you may do so here.
Falcons Sign WR Dicky Lyons
Falcon Insider Top Stories
2017 Fantasy Football PrimerAre you ready for the 2017 Fantasy Football season? It can't come soon enough, right? This page is a hub where we both want to look forward towards 2017 but also look back at 2016.
Scout FantasyYesterday at 1:25 PM
NFL changes overtime, roster movesThe NFL passed a few resolutions Tuesday at the owners meetings, some of them pretty significant in the way the game and rosters are managed.
Viking UpdateYesterday at 10:25 AM
Falcons Trade up for Takkarist McKinleyThe Atlanta Falcons made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to address one of their biggest needs.
Atlanta Falcons Draft NeedsCBS Sports NFL Writer Will Brinson joins Hana Ostapchuk to break down draft needs for the Atlanta Falcons.