Julio Jones and Taylor Gabriel are the kind of receivers you build an offense around. Both guys have skill, Julio’s a freak athlete the likes of which this league rarely sees, and both of them have one other thing in common: their speed.
That made their celebration after Gabriel’s touchdown against the Lions so appropriate. It was a relay, and Gabriel took the handoff from Jones.
So that got me thinking: If I were going to put together the perfect 4x100m relay team from this Falcons roster, who would it be?
Gabriel and Jones are a good start. Then I’m pulling in Tevin Coleman for sure. The fourth member of the team is a little trickier. I initially said Robert Alford, then thought maybe Deion Jones, but I settled on Alford.
So that’s the team. Taylor Gabriel, Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman, and Robert Alford. Not bad. Now it’s a matter of deciding the order.
I think I’d have Alford run the first leg. Tevin takes the second, Julio blazes through the third, and we’ve got to have Gabriel running anchor.
Gabriel seems to be on board with this idea.
Also, as I was writing this and pulling Gabriel’s tweet to include, I saw this reply and realized I wasn’t the first person to come up with this idea. Great minds think alike, and all that.
Give Turbo that 3rd leg and Julio anchor. Start of with Alford the 1st leg and Coleman 2nd. That's dangerous— Ev G (@Ev_G_SportsFan) September 26, 2017
My lifelong friend Tara, who was a member of my 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams in high school, had some thoughts on this idea.
It looks just like us on our high school relay team but with winning— Tara Gore (@TaraGoreNY) September 26, 2017
With winning, indeed.