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Atlanta Falcons seemingly move Isaiah Oliver to free safety

What evidently has come out of nowhere, the Atlanta Falcons have moved cornerback Isaiah Oliver to the free safety position, at least for now.Sep 13, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) catches a touchdown pass behind Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver (26) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

On the Atlanta Falcons website, they posted a series of photos from minicamp of the players. If you look at pictures 66 and 67 it says “Atlanta Falcons free safety Isaiah Oliver #26.”

It remains to be seen if this is a permanent transition or if the Falcons are just trying to test him up top to make him more versatile. It is no secret that Dan Quinn was the driving force for drafting Isaiah Oliver in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. He loved corners that are tall and long, which is exactly what Isaiah Oliver is.

He has been repeatedly burned by the opposition when playing the position he was drafted to play, outside cornerback.

Two plays that stick out from the 2020 season were during the first few weeks. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf was able to run right past him on a fourth down and caught it for a long touchdown.

The second was against the Bears when Allen Robinson caught a comeback route, and Isaiah Oliver totally whiffed on the tackled, resulting in a long touchdown.

News of the Atlanta Falcons moving Isaiah Oliver to safety comes after coaches praised Oliver for his work as a slot corner last season.

Later in the season, the Atlanta Falcons decided to play Isaiah Oliver almost exclusively at slot corner. This seemingly a result of Raheem Morris taking over as the head coach of the team.

This ended up improving the play Oliver a lot.

During the whole 2020 season, Oliver played 110 more snaps at slot than the outside. About 200 of his 300 snaps on the outside came within the first four weeks of the season. It is apparent just from those stats as to how disappointing he really was.

Atlanta Falcons have coaches praised him during this offseason for what they saw on film of Oliver on the inside.

If the Falcons did in fact move Oliver to free safety, this makes it even weirder.

Why would they praise his play at one position, just to move him to another?

The answer to this is probably more complicated than that. He will most likely be used all over the defense. The Falcons coaches want to get him ready to play where ever they need him. Perhaps they will play him over top in base packages, and then he will come down as the nickel corner when need be.

Watch out for him to play like Kenny Vaccaro did for the Tennessee Titans and Dean Pees a couple years back.

The Atlanta Falcons certainly have talent amongst the defense. Perhaps this will change the trajectory of Oliver’s career. It will certainly be an interesting subject to keep an eye out for as the offseason activities continue.

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I’ll wait until this is confirmed by coaching staff. The article’s rationale for the move is quite literally, “Look at the photo caption” stuff gets captioned incorrectly all the time. 
 

Plus, it’s camp, coaches like mixing things up and seeing what works. This might not even be a permanent thing. 

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So basically we have no one that has seen him practice there, no film of him getting snaps there, and no word from the coaches that he's being tried there, but this is all based on a line of text under an image?

I mean, maybe this actually is happening, but I see no reason to react to something that could easily just be an intern typing in the wrong position. 

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Just now, A Dog Named Brian said:

I’ll wait until this is confirmed by coaching staff. The article’s rationale for the move is quite literally, “Look at the photo caption” stuff gets captioned incorrectly all the time. 
 

Plus, it’s camp, coaches like mixing things up and seeing what works. This might not even be a permanent thing. 

Next step, Rotoworld reporting this as evidence lol

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I think this article has a misunderstanding of what Oliver's role will be.  If you want to know what Oliver will be doing, go look at what Logan Ryan did in Dan Pees defense in 2018-19.  Ryan played CB/Nickle/S/blitzer depending on the down and situation.   He was a wildcard on the field that was used to help disguise what the Titans defense was doing and I think that is the role Pees envisions for Oliver.

https://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2019/7/29/20692918/how-the-titans-switchable-defense-is-evolving-to-keep-up-with-modern-offenses

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37 minutes ago, JDaveG said:

I trust Dean Pees.  If he thinks Oliver needs snaps at FS, give him snaps.

To what extent? I mean I get he's better than the previous but how much do you really believe he can make us top half of the league with the peanuts we have?? Lol, like I get optimism but yall really out here downing the kool-aid double fisted 

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4 minutes ago, Pa_Falcon_Fan said:

I think this is a bit of a misrepresentation of what Oliver's role will be.  If you want to understand what Oliver will be doing, go look at what Logan Ryan did in Dan Pees defense in 2018-19.  Ryan played CB/S depending on the down and situation.   He was a wildcard on the field that was used to help disguise what the Titans defense was doing.   

https://www.musiccitymiracles.com/2019/7/29/20692918/how-the-titans-switchable-defense-is-evolving-to-keep-up-with-modern-offenses

Nice find and read.  Pees is going to have the offenses guessing rather than our defense in burn mode.

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6 minutes ago, Dirtybird3 said:

To what extent? I mean I get he's better than the previous but how much do you really believe he can make us top half of the league with the peanuts we have?? Lol, like I get optimism but yall really out here downing the kool-aid double fisted 

Read what I just posted..  We've seen what Pees did with a similar player in Logan Ryan.  Despite what some folks are going to think because of Oliver being listed as a safety (including the author of the original article in the thread), Oliver is going to play a wildcard role in Pees defense, just like Ryan did in TN.  He is going to play CB/Nickle/S and blitz too.  He is going to be a movable chest piece to help keep offenses guessing.   Go check out Logan Ryan in 2019 under Pees.

https://www.nfl.com/videos/logan-ryan-highlights-2019-season

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Quinn saw something he liked with Oliver, then drafted him in the second after he slipped. He slipped for being too raw. Quinn was not a coach who dealt with raw players well. We wanted leaders who were almost ready and wanted to learn, like Rico. He wasn't good enough but he gave 110%. Quinn never put the best coaches at the position spots who could get the most out of these raw players. So they struggled.  

 

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Pees is the best judge of whether Oliver can play FS and it seems he's a believer. That's enough for me to think it's the best place for Oliver in the D. If this doesn't work Pees will go back to the drawing board, but maybe he's on to something that will make a big difference for us this season. Hope he gets the Ryan role and balls out.

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