Originally written on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 9/7/12

Alright Falcon fans, here we go! I know it has been a few weeks, but I am ready to hit the ground running. My thoughts on the preseason are irrelevant, because I do not put much stock in anything I saw. I witnessed our new coordinators showing off some new schemes, but overall I was not floored. I am extremely optimistic this season because I cannot foresee a scenario in-which Atlanta does not make it to the post season (barring injury). Here are a few things that I feel comfortable discussing.

 

*I went to a few of the camp sessions and really liked the way Matt Ryan was throwing the ball. He was a sniper during the preseason. Can he pick up where he left off? We will know Sunday.

*Julio Jones is without a doubt the most interesting player on the roster. He is just screaming “Superstar” status. I predict a healthy Julio is going to put up 1,200-1,400 yards this season. Matt Ryan needs to trust his gut and just let it rip. Was drafting Julio worth it? Hell yes it was! His “just go home” quote may have been the confidence we all have been waiting for. Julio is a humble player, and if he is talking there is a good reason for it.

* I am a huge Harry Douglas fan, and I believe he is a key cog in this offense. He is going to easily catch 40-50 passes this year. The defenses will have to pick thier poison. The elephant in the room is the offensive line.

*The Saints are coach-less, and have lost a lot in their defense. The Panthers are a hot team due to Scam Newton, and the Bucs look to be last year’s Eagles. My thoughts on the NFC South are simple, only the winner will be making it to January. I see the wildcard coming out of the East and North.

*Asante Samuel, oh #22. Everyone has such high hopes for Asante, but we watched A.J. Green turn him into a punch line a couple weeks back. The Falcons look to have one of the top corner combos in the NFC this season, but Dunta Robinson and Asante need to keep pace with Brent Grimes. Asante brings swagger, we all saw it in camp… but now swagger needs to be replaced with production.

*Jacquizz Rodgers is going to be touching the ball more than you think this year.  Coach Smith is calling him an “every down back”. Therefore, all of the Michael Turner “haters” now have a new man to cheer for. I expect Jacquizz to have a very productive season splitting carries with #33.

            *Kansas City- the Chiefs are a very interesting team. Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, and Dwayne Bowe are all extremely talented players. Charles is coming back from an ACL injury that shattered the Chiefs early last season. They picked up Peyton “strep throat” Hillis in free agency and now have a powerful 1-2 punch to catapult them into the playoffs. This is an interesting game because of Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan, both are calling their first games for Atlanta. Nolan is going to be using a lot of nickel this week. Our depth at linebacker is a glaring weakness, and going into nickel will hide it. Koetter should be calling a lot of “explosive” plays. If we learned anything in the preseason it is that Atlanta wants to throw it to Julio Jones. This should be an offensive shootout, but I have Atlanta winning 30-17 on the road in Arrowhead.

            As always, I want to hear your feedback via Twitter @ColossalChicken or below! Remember to RISE UP!

            [follow]

            GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
            Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
            MORE FROM YARDBARKER

            Kevin Sumlin: Texas A&M players have 'chip on their shoulder'

            WATCH: Elvis Andrus steals home against Padres

            Seahawks went on Hawaiian vacation to ease SB tension

            Robert Kraft: Deflategate 'most overblown story' in NFL

            Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

            Jim Tressel once sent touching note to family of Michigan OL

            LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
            GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

            Sony cut 'Concussion' scenes to avoid angering NFL

            Ryan Clark: Trent Richardson is 'worst RB of all time'

            Report: David Feherty won't be back at CBS Sports

            Warren Moon: RG3 needs to start taking the blame

            Lovullo: I don’t see Hanley Ramirez playing left field again in 2015

            Judge Berman’s one-sentence order repeats Deflategate decision timeline

            Harbaugh named starting QB but won't announce it

            Ohio State downplays revenge talk ahead of Va. Tech rematch

            WATCH: D-backs pitcher fails on quick pitch attempt

            Ex-FSU WR Snoop Minnis trolls rival Florida in great way

            Suspicous photo may lead to drug test for CC Sabathia

            How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

            Jack Eichel plans to move in with teammate Matt Moulson

            Report: Bills GM 'went rogue’ in cutting Fred Jackson

            Terrance Knighton irked by Redskins-Kardsashians comparison

            Connor Cook on not being named Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'

            Danny Amendola’s advice to those on roster bubble? ‘Control what you can’

            Dallas Cowboys: Rookies to watch

            Apple reportedly sought exclusive rights to new Bill Simmons podcast

            NFL News
            Delivered to your inbox
            You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

            By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
            the YARDBARKER app
            Get it now!
            Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

            Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

            Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

            Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

            Why Mike Trout ain't right

            The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

            Best and worst MLB players in August

            RG3 blames intern for liking Instagram post trashing owner

            Four most surprising roster cuts from NFL teams

            Raiders cut Trent Richardson

            Caroline Wozniacki smoking cover of ‘Rhapsody’

            Today's Best Stuff
            For Publishers
            Company Info
            Help
            Follow Yardbarker