We’re not 100% sure yet that the Falcons will get their #2 receiver and a valuable rotational defensive lineman back against the New England Patriots, but it’s looking pretty good, especially for Mohamed Sanu. That’s something to feel optimistic about.
The only player who is listed as out is Jordan Tripp, who is in the league’s concussion protocol. Tripp is a full-time special teamer and the Falcons can live without him for at least one week, thankfully, and Jermaine Grace will likely step into his snaps over the short-term.
Everyone else either practiced in full or on a limited basis, and the Falcons are reportedly optimistic that Sanu is not going to be limited. With such an appetizing matchup against a depleted, lousy Patriots secondary, this is ideal timing to get a reliable #2 receiver back on the field.
Things are a little less certain for Takk McKinley and Courtney Upshaw, but I’d bet the former will play on at least a limited basis, and this might finally be the week Upshaw comes back. If not, Ahtyba Rubin is available to help out against the Patriots’ quality ground game, and the Falcons should be able to bring more heat at end with a pretty healthy Vic Beasley. I’m bullish on this team’s ability to impact Tom Brady, especially with Grady Jarrett available to hopefully repeat his three sack performance from February.
This is a pretty healthy Falcons team at the moment. I’m hopeful that will translate into a victory on Sunday Night Football.