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Alex Mack Working To Get The Falcons’ Pass Protection 'Really Solid' Ahead Of 2017 Season

Kelsey Conway

AtlantaFalcons.com

 

Alex Mack has been working on making sure the Falcons' pass protection is "really solid" this year

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Things are night-and-day different for Alex Mack at this point in time.

Prior to Atlanta’s second preseason game a year ago, Mack was still learning his new offensive system and working on improving his continuity with the rest of the offensive line as well as quarterback Matt Ryan.

Now, rather than having to practice a range of things in a small period of time, Mack can spend his time focusing on fine tuning one or two areas of his game.

The addition of Mack proved to be invaluable for the Falcons last season. With Mack anchoring the line, Ryan put together his best season to date, earning the league’s MVP honor. Ryan finished the season with career highs in the following statistical categories: completion percentage (69.9), passing yards (4,944), yards per attempt (9.26), touchdowns (38).

Despite Ryan and the Falcons’ offensive success in 2016, Mack believes he can be even better in protection – one of the particular areas he’s focused on.

“Pass protection-wise, I think Matt got hit a couple too many times last year so really trying to work on the firmness of the pocket,” Mack said of areas he wanted to improve upon. “As a unit, [we’re] trying get the pass protection really solid.”

Not only was Mack a factor in the Falcons’ passing attack, he played a key role in the run game. Atlanta averaged 120.5 yards on the ground a game, which was sixth-best in the league.

Mack is one of the nine starters Atlanta returns from the 2016 season where they set a franchise record in points per game, averaging a league-high 33.8.

With so many familiar faces in tow, Mack believes it’s given his team a big advantage in terms of preparation. Atlanta returns all but one starter along the offensive line, with only the right guard spot open – currently a battle between Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland.

“We’re starting training camp much further ahead than we were last year,” Mack said. “Everyone really knows each other; we’ve done the combo blocks. We know where we want to get, too. We still have work really hard to get there because it takes every day fine tuning those little technique things to get there. Everyone is really interested in working hard and getting that run game going.”

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8 minutes ago, raysnill1 said:

can't believe he didn't make the top 100. the Mack pickup was considered one of the best moves of free agency, then he produced, got voted to the Pro Bowl and lead the line to a Super Bowl and nobody thought enough to consider him one of the best players in the league?

Yea. It's really weird he made the pro bowl but he wasn't top 100 worthy .

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3 hours ago, raysnill1 said:

can't believe he didn't make the top 100. the Mack pickup was considered one of the best moves of free agency, then he produced, got voted to the Pro Bowl and lead the line to a Super Bowl and nobody thought enough to consider him one of the best players in the league?

Last preseason when I predicted we would have a prolific offense, the main reason I predicted that was the signing of Mack. We fixed what I felt was the weakness of the offense the prior year and the biggest reason Ryan struggled and put an All Pro there. 

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2 hours ago, red falcon said:

I kind of overlook mack sometimes. I forget how valuable he is to the team....... just think about the years before he got hear after mud duck retired........ ouch.

When you forget about the OL and cornerbacks it's usually a very good sign.  But God help us all when they suck...it will occupy the first 10 pages of TATF

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Yea Mack truck was the glue that we needed up front. I love that we are working on defense but I'd love to see us continue to prioritize the online as a franchise. The game is definitely won up front and if Matt can stand in the pocket with time to read I think he or any qb for that matter will destroy defenses at this level. Another point is that I loved smitty but I feel like his laid back business approach kinda took the dog out of Matt and replaced him with a business choir boy persona. Kinda coached the dog out of him but Quinn has brought back that fiery Marty ice and taken him to the next level. A lot of people are interested in 22 film but I also want to see the sideline reactions of players. I think here we would see the biggest changes in demeanor in our players over the last few seasons. It's truly an exciting time to be a falcons fan. Let's support our boys. If we have any type of top 13-10 defense as far as points allowed I really think we put the league on notice and shut the media haters and league wide doubters up for years to come. 

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