It's mailbag time! I reached into my big ol' burlap sack full of letters and came up with all of the ones I'm about to answer. Get your reading glasses out and follow along.
can the Falcons rely on Robert Alford as a full time starter in 2014?
--Rise Up Reader
I may have answered this one before, so I apologize if I'm repeating myself. The Falcons have made it clear from this offseason's moves that they don't love their depth at cornerback, but they appear to have tons of faith in their young starters. Alford will get every opportunity to start, and while I can't tell you with 100% confidence that he'll be reliable, there are plenty of reasons to believe he will be.
Alford possesses ideal speed, athleticism and aggressiveness for corner, he'll have some of the pressure taken off him because Desmond Trufant is working alongside him and the Falcons are invested in his success. Unless he falters early and falters badly, he should start the whole season, and I'm willing to bet he'll be a useful player, at minimum.
who has the best shot of taking Drew Davis's spot on the offense?
If Davis misses enough time for his roster spot to be in danger, or at least his job, there are only a handful of possible candidates here.
The first and most obvious is Darius Johnson. Many believe Johnson offers more as a receiver, and he showed better separation than Davis in his rookie season. DJ has above average hands but lacks breakaway speed, is really more of a possession receiver over the long haul and didn't have Davis's special teams value when he started out, but maybe a year's worth of growth has done him some favors in that regard.
Courtney Roby could seize his job, too. Roby's a noted special teamer who can catch the occasional pass, which fits Davis's role to a T. Roby's over 30, though, and may just be a camp body.
The third possibility is a free agent signing that comes down the line. If the Falcons want to replace Davis and don't see a good option on the roster, don't rule this out.
whos your top vet pick to join the falcons
what's our pass to run ratio looking like?
Imagine you are a witch...
How do you see our safety depth chart shaking out?
So who replaces Spoon?
are there any signs that ATL red zone efficiency will be better?