Crawford was waived by Atlanta on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Crawford racked up more receptions than any other Falcons' receiver this preseason but was wildly inefficient as a ball carrier, averaging less than two yards per rush through his first three professional outings (18 carries). The former West Virginia Mountaineer had his best outing against the Dolphins in the preseason finale, racking up 26 rushing yards on seven attempts (3.7 yards per rush). It's evident that the undrafted rookie is struggling with the transition to the next level, as he posted a sub-3.7 yard per carry clip only five times in 25 career games at West Virginia.
Crawford enjoyed his most impressive professional performance to date Thursday night, racking up 26 rushing yards on seven carries while adding one reception for six yards in a 34-7 defeat to Miami.
Though he only picked up 3.7 yards per carry in the preseason finale, Crawford appeared significantly more confident in comparison to his first three outings of the year when he amassed just 18 rushing yards on 11 attempts. Crawford's production in the ground game was largely unimpressive, but he demonstrated skill as a pass-catcher out of the backfield by finishing tied for the second-most targets (11) and collecting a team-high seven receptions during the exhibition slate.
Crawford opened the preseason by gaining three yards on five carries and adding four receptions for 29 yards on six targets in Friday's 17-0 loss to the Jets.
Crawford and Ito Smith are competing for the No. 3 running back job in Atlanta, and neither did much to help their case here, though at least Crawford displayed some decent receiving chops. Smith was even worse than Crawford with a combined minus-2 yards on three touches, so both guys will look to make a better case for themselves in future preseason contests.