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Projecting the Falcons' 2016 starters


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"Projecting the Falcons' 2016 starters

By Dave Choate @TheFalcoholic


The Atlanta Falcons don't have a lot of uncertainty when it comes to their starting lineup in 2016, but there is some. Part of the fun in May is trying to figure out who the starters will be at contested positions like middle linebacker and right guard.

The NFL's flagship site has their projections for every team, and there's a couple of interesting choices here.

Here's the full list of projected starters, per NFL.com

Falcons Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB: Matt Ryan DE: Vic Beasley
  RB: Devonta Freeman DT: Ra'Shede Hageman
  WR1: Julio Jones DT: Grady Jarrett
  WR2: Mohamed Sanu DE: Derrick Shelby
  WR3: Justin Hardy OLB: Philip Wheeler
  TE: Jacob Tamme MLB: Deion Jones
  LT: Jake Matthews OLB: Brooks Reid
  LG: Andy Levitre CB1: Desmond Trufan
  C: Alex Mack CB2: Robert Alford
  RG: Chris Chester S: Keanu Neal
  RT: Ryan Schraeder S: Ricardo Allen

The most interesting selections are at linebacker, as you might figure, because there's not a ton of intrigue elsewhere on the roster. Wheeler seems like the most likely choice to start the season as the starter on the weak side, while Brooks Reed (not Reid) is probably going to have a decent shot on the other side if Courtney Upshaw is playing a fair amount of defensive end. Deion Jones versus Paul Worrilow is already starting to feel like a settled battle, simply because Jones offers the speed and physicality the Falcons covet under Dan Quinn, but in reality that's likely to be a battle that stretches out through the summer.

This is more of less what I anticipate will happen for the Falcons, though, if everyone stays healthy. How about you?"


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" Wheeler seems like the most likely choice to start the season as the starter on the weak side"

I would think that Spoon would start the year at WLB over Wheeler in the base defense. However,  I think that Campbell will be the WLB in the nickle packages.

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2 hours ago, Truth B Told (TRU) said:

The way it looks on paper and the way they actually play is two totally different things. I could care less how it looks.

Well it appears that the Falcons front 7 has improved somewhat "on paper", but probably not significantly. What worries me most is that the Offenses that the Falcons will be facing this season will probably be much better than what we faced last season.

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