The Falcons have mustered a better pass rush in the last two weeks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, but for the stiffer challenge that the Cleveland Browns present, getting Jonathan Massaquoi back has the potential to go a long way.
This quote from Mike Nolan should lay to rest the notion that the Falcons were just refusing to play Mass the last two weeks:
"The last couple weeks, it was strictly health,'' defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said of Massaquoi's limited action. "I hope he's well this week. Last week, he was better than the week before in practice, but not well enough to really participate, to get ready for the game.
The Falcons need Mass healthy and contributing going forward, when the opposing offensive lines become tougher to deal with and teams with time make it a point to pick on Robert McClain. There's little doubt that Massaquoi is, when healthy and rolling, the team's best option by a country mile. They're going to continue to use Osi Umenyiora on about a quarter to a third of the snaps and Kroy Biermann still needs to have his reduced, so getting Mass out there as often as possible at the expense of either works for me, "he can only rush from this side" nonsense notwithstanding.
Your thoughts on Mass's potential return to health?