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Which Falcons Could See Reduced Roles In 2015?

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Another year brings an influx of rookie and free agent talent to a team that desperately needed it, but who will sit down and who will step up?

Jonathan Babineaux:

Even at 33 years old, Babs is a pillar of the Falcons franchise and is capable of playing at a fairly high level, but his playing time may soon see a hit with second year defensive lineman Rs'Shede Hageman and rookie Grady Jarrett getting in the mix. This may in fact be better for him. The defensive line is one of the more physically demanding aspects on the game. His quality of play could see an improvement with longer resting times.

Roddy White:

The Falcon great is entering the final years of his brilliant career, and Atlanta finally added some legitimate receiving talent this offseason with Leonard Hankerson and Justin Hardy. My guess is that Roddy will still be our feature number two, but it wouldn't surprise me to see either of our new additions coming in frequently to give him a breather.

Kroy Biermann:

While Kroy doesn't always have the entirety of the fanbase behind him, he has certainly seen the field quite a bit in the last couple of seasons. That will most likely change in 2015, with top 10 pick Vic Beasley coming into town and players like Stansley Maponga and O'Brien Schofield looking to push for rotational playing time. Kroy will still see the field, it'll just be a reserved role that he has the potential to be a solid contributor in.

Kemal Ishmael:

Oh how I love you, Kemal. You surprised us all with your hard hits and beautifully timed interceptions. But, alas, William Moore has returned and there's a young gun shootin' for Free Safety by the name of Ricardo Allen. Ish could be an eventual replacement for Moore down the line, but for now he's a really good backup at box-safety.

Who do you see taking playing time hits, and who steps up to the plate?


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Interesting idea that we can rest Roddy more with Hankerson coming in. I was originally against that thought but allowing Roddy to take some snaps off might be very good for his overall play.

As for Ish, we'll see. He wasn't going to get any snaps last year until Moore pulled his annual shoulder slam that knocks himself out of the game.

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I see Matt Ryan getting a reduced role due to Smitty being gone. They've stunted Renfree's growth for too long.. It's time to see..

Sorry. Couldn't even finish that bullshot. :)

I see TJax dropping to just 1st and 2nd downs. Alford may see reduced times as well.

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Babinaux and Biermann need help and that includes time to recoup on the sideline between plays. Seeing Beasley and Hageman on the field should help inspire them as well.

Roddy could miss time at some point in addition to needing a breather. Hankerson and Hardy give us a couple of guys to work in slowly even if it is to phase out Roddy.

Ishmael knew he was Moore's back up. His focus should be on confirming that.

Jackson is another that could play less with Clayborn here to share minutes. Again, it should help both have more octane.

Soliai has Jarrett and maybe even Mbu to lighten the load.

Bartu(3rd in tackles) is the most likely with the signing of Durant. Same for Goodman, Maponga, Matthews, and the already cut Shembo(T 7th) who all could struggle to make the team, Bartu included.

The entire defense could see less snaps if all goes as planned and the defense gets off the field quicker while the offense holds onto the ball longer leaving less time to defend.

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Biermann and Babs are no brainers.

Kemal is a back up so assuming our safeties are healthy then yea...

Roddy is interesting. I'd like to see him in the slot more on 3 receiver sets.

I'd love to see TJax with a reduced role and let Hageman get those snaps.

Bartu? I actually think he may not make the team but his chances improved with the Shembo mess and Spruill coming off the ACL.


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