TheRisen999 Posted March 2 Share Posted March 2 The Falcons have so many holes on the roster that the cornerback position can sometimes get lost in the shuffle, but don’t kid yourself, it is a pressing need that will need addressing this offseason. AJ Terrell can be penciled in for the next decade, and Atlanta returns Casey Hayward, who missed a majority of the 2022 campaign with a shoulder injury. Darren Hall played admirably when thrust into a prominent role, but it would be a shame if the Falcons went into the 2023 season with him as a third corner. Hayward is aging; Hall hasn’t developed at a rate that projects starting capability. In today’s NFL, teams need three starters and at least one reliable reserve player. Hall projects to be that backup, so the starting nickel role is vacant with Isaiah Oliver hitting free agency. Terry Fontenot even stated at the NFL Combine how important of a position the nickel has become. It’s true. Positionless football is taking over. Hybrid defenders that are used in the correct systems have become the most valuable players. The nickel position requires a certain amount of versatility, depending on the system. Generally, they’re tasked with more coverage than linebackers and more run defense than boundary corners. Safeties and corners can man the slot, and the Falcons have plenty of options. The only thing standing in that path is new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen. Dean Pees would’ve advocated for Oliver returning, but the new staff might not be so inclined. There are potential free agent options like Chauncy Gardner-Johnson, who is an elite player and has familiarity with Terry Fontenot and Atlanta’s coordinator. There is also the possibility the Falcons fill the void before free agency. Brian Branch is an enticing prospect and would slot in perfectly. On a defense with Will Anderson, Branch was the payer I noticed most on the Crimson Tide defense. He’s incredibly versatile and plays with a mean streak, though some might argue that #8 would be a bit overzealous. Regardless, the Falcons will have to address the nickel position. Personally I’d just resign Oliver, bring back Hayward, Draft Gonzalez, Witherspoon or Porter Jr. at 8 to pair with Terrell, Alford and see what we have in Jamal Peters. I’d also try to bring in Jessie Bates to go with Richie Grant .. Boom secondary fixed. For those that don’t know this is Jamal Peters he was the best CB in the CFL a year ago. He’s a guy they’ll be trying to bring along the same way they did with Dee Alford. Former Argonauts cornerback Jamal Peters signs futures contract with Falcons Canadian PressJanuary 9, 2023, 9:25 PM FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Jamal Peters, who led the CFL in interceptions this past season and helped the Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup, signed a futures deal Monday with the Atlanta Falcons. The American defensive back was among 18 players signed by the NFL Falcons. The six-foot-two, 220-pound Peters had a CFL-high six interceptions last season with the Grey Cup-champion Argos. Peters, 26, started 15 games with Toronto, registering 57 tackles and a sack en route to being named a league all-star. He added eight tackles and a forced fumble in Toronto’s two playoff games. Peters signed with Toronto in 2021. He appeared in eight games that year, recording 32 tackles and an interception. Peters played collegiately at Mississippi State. He was bypassed in the 2019 NFL draft and signed as free agent with the Indianapolis Colts before being released with an injury settlement. PokerSteve and Chitown2ATL_Falcon 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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