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Pff's 2014 Depth Chart: Atlanta Falcons


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https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/13/2014-depth-chart-atlanta-falcons/

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Notes

• Devin Hester is graded purely for any work he gets as a wide receiver. As a returner he still looks a good player, if not quite the electric one he once was.

Despite his abysmal year, the Falcons may well still see third-rounder Lamar Holmes ahead of Ryan Schraeder on their depth chart. They are generally loyal to high draft picks regardless of production and don’t be surprised if Holmes gets more opportunities in training camp than the 2013 free agent.

There are two first-rounders, two seconds a third and a fourth in that defensive line rotation but not one outside Jonathan Babineaux who you can trust to get consistent pressure. It looks like they’ll stop the run with ease but supplement the pass rush from the linebackers/edge rushers? That’s a different story.

Since being selected 19th overall in 2010, Sean Weatherspoon’s career has been the very definition of “mixed bag”. The poor rookie season he endured is always a risk for draftees but he then followed that with a stellar sophomore year and all looked rosy. Unfortunately, he regressed markedly in 2012 before struggling with injury last year. How do you grade that? I say he’s still a valuable player but completely understand those calling for a lesser mark.

I initially had Desmond Trufant down as “High Quality” but Khaled rightly talked me down. He had a fine rookie season but its right to see more of him given his grades weren’t totally off the charts before going further.

Roster Battles

1. Left Outside Linebacker

This really isn’t an area of strength for Atlanta and thanks to Kroy Biermann’s Week 2 injury, we never really got to see if he could regain any of the promise of his early career. Jonathan Massaquoi got 540 reps although most of those (410) came with his hand down in a four-man front. Maybe the defense doesn’t turn out quite like this and they end up using more of a 4-3 strong-side linebacker type which brings Joplo Bartu into the mix. How the whole thing pans out will certainly be interesting.

2. Left Inside Linebacker

Last year Paul Worrilow got more hype than his actual performances dictated because of his high tackle numbers and a few sacks on blitzes. The truth, however, was that he struggled in both run defense and pass coverage and only a slightly worse performance from Akeem Dentsees the UDFA as the incumbent. There was also much later round draft activity in this area, but whether they become useful additions to the defense or simply special teams fodder remains to be seen.

3. Left Cornerback

For a rookie season, Robert Alford’s was not disastrous but he did have poor days; most notably against Washington in Week 15. It’s probable the Falcons’ front office want him to come through, but in case he doesn’t, they have insurance in the form of both UFA Josh Wilson and this year’s fifth-round draftee, Ricardo Allen. Wilson wasn’t great for the Redskins last year but that was more the exception than the rule. He’s generally been a steady starter without ever recreating his fine 2010 season with the Ravens that got him the high value Redskins deal in the first place.

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Disagree concerning Worrilow when you consider his tackling stats. I also consider Moore better then average at SS.

I agree that Moore should be highlighted light green, at least. I also believe Babs should be highlighted light green and Baker should be yellow as he's average when healthy. Very questionable analysis.

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They seem to be judging what kind of year they had last year rather than what sort of year they are likely to have this year.

That's what there supposed to do

You can't call a guy an above average player if he wasn't last year

Case and point Trufant was good last year but not quite great the second half he started to show he could be very good and likely takes that step this coming season

But seeing there were probably burned by player like Baker and Decoud I easy can see them not over projecting any of these guys

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That's what there supposed to do

You can't call a guy an above average player if he wasn't last year

Case and point Trufant was good last year but not quite great the second half he started to show he could be very good and likely takes that step this coming season

But seeing there were probably burned by player like Baker and Decoud I easy can see them not over projecting any of these guys

Yes you can. If someone was better the last three years, and then has a down year, you don't just presume that the down year was the real one.

Besides. Its PFF. it's not worth the electrons used in linking to it.

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is this all based on opinions? how do they rate these guys?

in my opinion, moore is a solid starter. roddy is high quality. worrilow is a solid starter. baker is average and julio is elite (we are rating based on performance, not time missed, right?) biermann would be average.

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How does that site still exist?

is this the same site that graded like 10 CB's ahead of Richard Sherman?

Because they are screwing the people out of money who takes their opinions converted into numbers as the 100 percent truth.

so it is just their opinions? doesnt this site just sort of look at all the plays and say "+1" or "-1" on each play then spits out "grades" for each players? i saw a site that does that and it was beyond stupid. they judge each play as if they understand the assignments and know what each player was supposed to do. then they act high and mighty about their pluses and minuses on twitter. what a joke.
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