Found July 03, 2012 on
It's the off-season and we are waiting for the pre-season games to starts. While we wait, we have brought the guys together at the Grits Blitz roundtable so pull up a chair and listen to what we have to say and feel free to chime in with your answers as well. So far we have talked about position battles, the games we are most looking forward to and who will be the most improved player for the Falcons in 2012. Today, we talk about which offensive player will benefit the most from the hire of Dirk Koetter.
This guy will be calling the shots
Matt: Matt Ryan. The front office has been saying Dirk Koetter will implement a more pass friendly offense, and we may finally see Ryan take that step forward into elite category. The Falcons may finally spread out a defense with the four-verticals, allowing Ryan to give a balanced distribution in a more balanced offense.
Zach: Without a doubt in my mind I can say that Harry Douglas will benefit the most from the coordinator change. He was only on the field for 52.8% of the snaps in 2011. That is a extremely low amount for your starting slot receiver. Expect Douglas to thrive in Dirk Koetter's system as he'll get on the field more and should see more open looks.
Kevin: I hate to be a broken record but I'm going to say Jacquizz Rodgers. The biggest reason is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and be a dual threat and I think that will get him more reps and more chances to make places.
BEST OF MAXIM
Chris Hope knows what a Super bowl champion looks like. Hope, who played on the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XL, seems to get that warm and fuzzy feeling with the Atlanta Falcons.
Hope has also seen many non Super Bowl teams as he played six years for the Titans, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he believes he can be on another Super Bowl winner in Atlanta.
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The 2012 season is about two months away, and it's a perfect time to rank NFL players by position. A combination of factors such as stats, overall performance, etc., determine where players are ranked. Analysis will be added very soon, I just wanted to get these rankings done first.
*Player ages are how old they will be on September 5th, NFL Kickoff date.
1. Aaron Rodgers...