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Is this is the best Atlanta Falcons roster Thomas Dimitroff has ever seen?

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff certainly thinks so.

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I think there’s broad consensus among Falcons fans that this is the best roster the Falcons have assembled in a while. The team is potent on offense, growing into a force of nature on defense, and quality on special teams. Thomas Dimitroff would certainly agree with that assessment, it appears.

Here’s the relevant quote from that piece, which you should of course read in full:

Appearing on The MMQB Podcast with Albert Breer last week, Dimitroff was asked where this year's squad stacks up to his previous nine editions.

"I think we are at a spot right now that, quite honestly, is the most talented overall," Dimitroff crowed. "... As a whole group, I'm wildly excited about where we are. It's just a well-rounded group."

I think Dimitroff is measured enough in his assessments—if relentlessly positive—that we can consider this noteworthy. The Falcons were already one of the better rosters in the league after the team nailed their last two draft classes, and the addition of Dontari Poe, promising rookies Takkarist McKinley and Duke Riley, and a lack of major attrition in the offseason probably ensures they’ll be worthy of being considered a top five or so roster once more. The Falcons are used to winning with far less talent.

Whether all that talent can bring the Falcons to the promised land remains to be seen—pesky linear time—but it gives the fanbase and the GM plenty of confidence. That’s something that had been in short supply before this season, so I’ll certainly take it.