After a (so far) solid offseason, the Atlanta Falcons are ready to make a splash. They accomplished their goal of getting bigger, stronger, and tougher in the trenches through the draft and free agency. They have added yet another dimension to their offense with wideout/returner Devin Hester, and promising running back Devonta Freeman. But most of all they have added a considerable amount of depth, specifically at the linebacker, offensive line, and cornerback positions. By adding tackle Jake Matthews and guard Jon Asamoah, the Falcons have given Matt Ryan an above average offensive line to work with. That, on top of a healthy Julio Jones and a flashy new running back should give Falcons fans an exciting offense to look forward to in 2014. Also, tight end Levine Toilolo is a name to follow, as he will be the new starting tight end. Most run heavy teams (Panthers, Vikings, Niners, etc.) should have trouble against the new, big defensive linemen Paul Soliai, Tyson Jackson, and Ra'shede Hageman the Falcons have acquired. Linebackers Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu look to take big steps forward this season and solidify themselves as affective starters on our defense. After an incredibly successful freshman season, both Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford should be even more affective than they were a year ago. The two positions that could come back to bite the Falcons are the free safety position, and the edge rusher position. While the combo of new free safeties Dwight Lowry and Dezmen Southward should be an improvement over Thomas DeCoud, there are still many questions to be answered. Also, unless an edge rusher such as Jonathan Massaquoi or Stansly Maponga steps up in a big way, the Falcons could be looking at a lackluster pass rush once again. But, it sounds like Mass is primed for a big season behind returning vets Kroy Bierrman and Osi umenyiora. Overall the Falcons have done a solid job at addressing almost all of their needs, and are ready to get back to their winning ways.
The new and improved offensive line should help the Falcons put up around 30 points a game, and the defense will do just enough damage to help the Falcons crawl to a winning record. Unfortunately the Falcons just miss the playoffs by a game or two, but El Jefé gives the Comrade and Captain Smitty one last chance to prove themselves, as they enter the 2015 offseason on the upswing.
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