Zaccheaus' versatility impressing Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- A moment during Falcons training camp brought flashbacks for Virginia fans when Kurt Benkert connected with rookie Olamide Zaccheaus in the endzone.

The quarterback-receiver duo combined for 12 touchdowns while leading the Wahoos in their two seasons together. Of course Benkert, who is in his second year with the Falcons, played a role in getting his favorite Virginia target signed as an undrafted free agent.

"From the free agent standpoint you always had Benkert kind of push him along, he was always in our ear, don't forget about him," Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said after practice Sunday, "He was a guy who had caught a lot of passes from him."

For Zaccheaus though, Benkert was just a foot in the door for Virginia's all-time leader in receptions.

"Well number one the tape at Virginia spoke for itself in that way," Quinn said of Zaccheaus, "What we come to find out, like all the details he knows, he can play multiple positions on offense, he downed a punt inside the five-yard line."

While the catches have always been the highlight for Zaccheaus, plays like the catch from Benkert have come later in training camp, meaning the former Wahoo standout has shined in other ways.

"In the first block he didn't get a lot of catches, so for him to kind of come alive in this second block sometimes at receiver it's the opportunities," Quinn said, "But today on the special teams that's what I was most proud of."

The Falcons carry one of the deeper wide receiver groups in the NFL, headlined by All-Pro receiver Julio Jones and second-year Calvin Ridley, so the coaches are looking for Zaccheaus to make his place on special teams.

"Those are the things where your trying to create some separation for yourself onto special teams," Quinn said," A good opportunity for him to do that."



 
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