Tomorrow, we’ll kick off our annual roster review, where we take a closer look at how the Falcons performed in 2017, where each position is headed in 2018, and if we’re bullish or bearish on that position’s potential over the long haul.
This is an especially pivotal offseason to discuss the roster, in my humble opinion. Atlanta made only a handful of changes to their team a year ago but pulled in two new coordinators, and I think the 2018 season will bring a handful of tough choices for Atlanta as they try to decide what to do both for this year and down the line along the offensive line, in the secondary, and at wide receiver. This is the final year before a series of massive contract extensions need to start hitting the books in Atlanta, which means it’s the final year this team may be together in its current, recognizable form.
The Falcons can’t stand pat the way they did a year ago, either. The Falcons acquired two capable starters on the defensive line in Dontari Poe and Takk McKinley, but they otherwise did not make any major upgrades and chose to draft players with potential but limited first year impact, which all led to some regression on offense. The defense looks well-positioned to continue its marked improvement, but the offense cannot be counted on to rebound with all the same pieces in place.
We’ll start with quarterback tomorrow, which will be handled by the capable Cory Woodroof. Looking forward to talking about the roster as we gear up for the draft and free agency!
In the meantime, use this evening to share your overall thoughts on the roster and what Atlanta does need to do in order to get better.