The Falcons are currently low on the salary cap totem pole so as we wait for the draft let's take a lap around the internet and look at some of the more interesting Falcons links...
Pro Football Focus did a write up on how often teams used the Nickel last season. Turns out that the Falcons used it quite a lot. According to their data, out of 1161 total plays, the Falcons lined up for 58% of those plays with five defensive backs. Right now, the Falcons would line up Asante Samuel, Robert McClain, Thomas DeCoud and William Moore but who is the fifth guy? I think that spells out just how important it is for the Falcons to get a quality corner in the draft (unless they can scrounge one up like they did with Asante last year) with their first round pick.
Roddy White had some interesting words on the usually very misable ESPN show "First Take."
“We called a play in the huddle and the play was for the ball to be thrown to me,” he said. “They played a coverage they hadn't played to that formation, ever. This was the first time they had done this throughout the season, throughout the game.”
Asked if coaching was a factor, White replied: “We just got outcoached on that one play.” White, it should be noted, said it with a smile.
Steven Jackson went on 790 the zone this week and had some encouraging words for Falcons fans.
You will not get anyone on the market — in the draft or free agency — that’s more hungry than I am and that has more to prove than I do,” Jackson told 790 The Zone. “I want to go out on top.
“Let’s be frank: I didn’t come here to make it to the playoffs. You guys have done that consecutively over the years. I’m here to help be a part of the puzzle, be a part of something that you guys have built over the years. I’m just a hope and a dream, but we frankly have the same hope and dream.”