With trade rumors circulating Julio Jones, some benefit from his departure from Atlanta — Russell Gage. Gage immediately moves up the depth chart as the team’s second receiver behind Calvin Ridley if Jones is shipped off.
The Falcons selected nine prospects from last week’s NFL draft, and as most people know, no rookie is without flaws. Adjusting to the professional level is difficult for every prospect, regardless of the position.
The Falcons’ lack of success since 2016 has been mainly due to the defense’s insufficiencies and an inability to do the little things right. Before Dan Quinn was fired, Atlanta’s defense was one of the league’s worst, constantly finishing in the bottom ten of points per game given up.
With the recent report that Peter King thinks there is better than a 50/50 chance Julio Jones is traded, sixth-round pick Frank Darby could be the one directly benefiting from a Julio-less Falcons team.
An exclusive Q&A with the Falcons’ new running back Caleb Huntley. One of the Atlanta Falcons biggest needs this offseason was at running back. The team parted ways with Todd Gurley, Ito Smith and Brian Hill and added Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson to the mix, leaving them with room for more talent.
With no Combine, Atlanta looked hard at Senior Bowl prospects and came away with 5 drafted players. The Falcons just wrapped up their largest draft class since 2014, the last time they had nine selections, and will be hoping this class can prove instrumental to the team’s return to relevance in 2021 and beyond.
Episode 2 of Talkin’ Birdy — our new Falcons podcast — is out now on all podcast platforms. We also just uploaded the video to our YouTube channel. In this episode, we focus on the offensive prospects the Falcons picked up during the draft as wells as some UDFAs that could make an impact on that side of the ball.
This is the second installment of a comprehensive positional roster breakdown for the Falcons following April’s draft — segwaying to one of the most important positions in Arthur Smith’s offense, running back.
Draft picks don’t always pan out as NFL franchises hope they do for any number of reasons, but no general manager spends a third-round pick on a prospect in anticipation they won’t one day become an everyday starter.
Of course, nobody knows how any of these players will look until the 2021 season kicks off in September, but I figured I’d go ahead and throw out some names that these Falcons draft picks remind me of when watching them on tape.
The competition should be fierce for the job, while rookie Drew Dalman and Matt Hennessy will compete at center. One of the most intriguing battles in Falcons training camp this summer is going to happen at left guard, a job that is truly wide open for the first time in years.
Culture is important for NFL teams; if everyone in an organization is focused on one goal, it is much easier to attain. Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith have placed emphasis on the integrity, intelligence, accountability, and toughness of players brought in via free agency and the draft.
The New England Patriots ($12 million in cap space), Baltimore Ravens ($11.3 million) and Tennessee Titans ($5.2 million) are the most realistic fits. All three teams need a No. 1 wide receiver and are looking to add more talent.
McCarron, 30, entered the NFL when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and he's bounced around the league without ever cementing himself as anything other than a secondary option.
The Falcons are set to pick at No. 4, and may set the table for the rest of the draft. They could either draft Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, draft a successor to Matt Ryan, or trade down with a team looking to move up for a QB.