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In NFC South, Only Atlanta Falcons Are Set at QB (Football Outsiders Article)

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Article listing biggest needs for each team in the division.

Atlanta Falcons

Biggest Need: Edge Rusher

The Falcons had an adjusted sack rate of 4.0%, worst in the league. The sad thing is, that's actually a slightly improvement over 2021, when their adjusted sack rate was 3.8%, worst in the league. They also had the lowest pressure rate and quarterback hurry rate according to Sportradar. They aren't entirely devoid of talent here—Arnold Ebiketie flashed some pass-rush skills early, though he tailed off badly in December—but it's a room full of complementary guys at best, with no big, beefy, one-on-one winners like new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen enjoyed on his line in New Orleans.

Honestly, Atlanta could use a talent infusion on every level of defense—they were trotting out street free agents at cornerback by the end of the year, they were 31st in adjusted line yards on the ground, and were towards the bottom of the league defending receivers of all shapes and sizes. But with the second-most cap space in the league this offseason, Atlanta can afford to splurge on a veteran pass-rusher in free agency, letting last year's picks of Ebiketie and DeAngelo Malone continue to develop, and use their draft picks to address other needs.

Major Free Agents: FB Keith Smith, WR Olamide Zaccheaus, TE Parker Hesse, OT Kaleb McGary, ER Lorenzo Carter, P Bradley Pinion

The Falcons turned down McGary's fifth-year option for 2023, just in time for him to have the best season of his career. He's still mostly serviceable at best in pass protection, but he has taken significant steps forward every year as a run blocker and now has an argument as be the best right tackle in the game to run behind. Tagging him at $18.2 million might end up being a bit rich for Atlanta, but it's worth at least trying to sign him to a long-term deal. Past him, Lorenzo Carter was second on the team with four sacks and might be part of the Falcons' solution at edge rusher, but he's not exactly an incredibly high-priority target.


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We literally need to just go BDPA every round in the draft.

Bring in a few key free agents. Pass Rusher, Cornerback, Inside Linebacker, Right Tackle, Left Guard should be the priorities if we can find them.

we don’t need any offensive skill positions. There is only one ball and we have Pitts, London, Patterson, and Algeier.

It’s time to stock the cupboards. 

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1 hour ago, Mid-Nite-Toker said:

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Ha! Was about to say, in comparison to the rest of the NFC South (as the headline of the article says) the Falcons are more set at QB than any other team in the division. 

Bucs: Trask - 9 total attempts in his career 

Panthers: Corral - Spent all of his rookie season on IR

Saints: ?? - Dalton is a UFA and Winston is almost surely a cap casualty 

All this is likely to change in the coming months, but as of now the Falcons have the most stable QB situation in the division. 

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55 minutes ago, TsuTsu said:

Set after only seeing our current projected starter play four games is a reach if I’ve ever seen one. Like saying you’ve got job security for the next 10 years after your first week at the job. 


14 minutes ago, dyrtysouth2000 said:

Shhhhhh.......Somebody might see this and start ANOTHER one.  Lol

So as to not start a new thread, did anyone see the market (ESPN) for Daniel ****** Jones might be 45 million a year.  Draft a QB each and every year including this year.

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7 hours ago, Someday soon said:


So as to not start a new thread, did anyone see the market (ESPN) for Daniel ****** Jones might be 45 million a year.  Draft a QB each and every year including this year.

No one is paying Jones $45 mil. That is supposedly his request not his market value

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