FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. As good as the Falcons offense was last season ranking 8th in yards per game and 7th in scoring the expectations are that it will be even better in 2013.
The reason is simple. Even as the Falcons advanced to the NFC title game last season, the offense was going through something of a transition year, as Dirk Koetter entered his first season as offensive coordinator. The Falcons changed from a ground-and-pound style to more of an aerial attack.
One of the pieces most ill-suited to that transformation was running back Michael Turner. He entered last season with 51 career receptions, and while he added to that with 19 in 2012, attempting to catch the ball out of the backfield often proved to be a struggle.
Enter Steven Jackson, one of the Falcons' bumper crop of free agents. As Atlanta coaches are fond of saying, Jackson once totaled 90 receptions in a season (never mind that it was seven years ago).
With Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones, the Falco...