FalconsIn2012 Posted January 20, 2020 Share Posted January 20, 2020 Ranking NFL rosters from 1 to 32: 2. Atlanta Falcons Biggest strength: Only two offensive players have received overall grades of 90.0 or higher in each of the past four seasons -- Tom Brady and Julio Jones. Jones ended the 2018 campaign with 113 catches for 1,677 receiving yards from 573 snaps in-route. His average of 2.93 yards per route run ranked first among receivers with at least 200 routes run, and it's also the fourth-highest such mark since 2015. In fact, the only marks ahead are Jones' performances each season from 2015-17. He is among the best to ever play the position, and there's nothing to suggest that he won't be at the top once again in 2019. 2019 NFL OFFSEASON COVERAGE Catch up on the draft: • Pick-by-pick analysis » • Kiper's grades » | McShay's best picks » • Team-by-team analysis » | Takeaways »Catch up on free agency: • Biggest impact moves for all 32 teams » • Winners and losers of free agency » • Barnwell: Grades » | Lessons from FA »More on the draft » | More on FA » Biggest weakness: Atlanta has one of the NFL's best young interior pass-rushers in Grady Jarrett, as only Chris Jones, Fletcher Cox and Aaron Donaldhad a higher pass-rush win rate last year than Jarrett's 16.6%. But outside of him, this pass rush leaves a lot to be desired. Over the previous two seasons, neither Takkarist McKinley nor Vic Beasley Jr. have recorded a pass-rush grade above 70.0. The team's edge rushers combined to produce pressure on just 19.0% of their pass-rush snaps last season, which ranked 25th among edge groups. X factor for 2019: Deion Jones. If the 2018 season showed us anything, it was just how important Jones is to the Falcons' defense. In 2017, Jones and the rest of the Falcons linebackers combined to allow a passer rating of just 92.4 on throws into their coverage, and 32.8% of those targets resulted in either a forced incompletion or a defensive stop. With Jones out in 2018, the Falcons' linebackers allowed a passer rating of 124.3, and only 25.0% of their targets resulted in a forced incompletion or a defensive stop. There is no question that Jones is one of the league's best coverage linebackers, and his ability to buoy this defense shouldn't be overlooked 24. San Francisco 49ers Biggest strength: The San Francisco defensive line is as stacked as any in the league. Dee Ford led the league with 84 QB pressures with Kansas City in 2018, and Nick Bosa's college pass-rush grade almost mirrors that of his brother, Joey. But their pass-rush will need to get home early and often with a suspect coverage unit behind them. Biggest weakness: The league's lowest-graded coverage unit last year didn't improve much this offseason. Richard Sherman allowed a career-high 100.7 passer rating on throws into his coverage, and K'Waun Williams allowed a catch on 73.3% of his targets. Collectively, the 49ers' secondary forced an incompletion on just 9.7% of their targeted passes in 2018, the fifth-lowest rate among NFL secondaries. X factor for 2019: George Kittle not only led the league in yards after the catch, his 873 such yards were also 213 more than the next closest pass-catcher (JuJu Smith-Schuster, 660). Kittle averaged a ridiculous 9.9 yards after the catch per reception, which also led the NFL. ⚡Slumerican⚡, Smiler11, Rings and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.