The Atlanta Falcons are still not amazing, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting your requisite reading in for the morning on the state of things.
We here at The Falcoholic continue to put out the stories you need to get you through those winless season and sleepless nights.
So sit back, relax and read along, fellow Falcons fans. The links are here for you.
Hooper Not Super, Jarrett Not Great
Well, it looks like the Falcons might be without starting tight end Austin Hooper and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for the home finale Sunday against the Cardinals.
Julio Jones (foot/calf), Austin Hooper (knee/ankle), Grady Jarrett (groin/shoulder), Terrell McClain (toe) did not practice today. Ben Garland (back), Deion Jones (foot), Logan Paulsen (knee/ankle), Ito Smith (neck) were limited.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) December 12, 2018
Before people freak, Julio is expected to play.
That would not be great, but the season is essentially over. If the two can’t go, then no big deal. Let them heal up, and get ready for the last two road games. Even sit them for the rest of the season and let other guys play in their place.
This would open up opportunities for Eric Saubert and Deadrin Senat to get a good bulk of reps.
It’s at least good to see Logan Pauslen back to limited. That’s good for the blocking tight end’s odds Sunday.
Is that a Draft I feel?
Mock draft season is back!
ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Falcons heading down to Death Valley to add another vaunted Clemson defensive linemen to the mix with their first-round pick. McShay obviously thinks defensive tackle is the team’s biggest need heading into the offseason.
The Falcons will face off with the Cardinals even if it’s going to be terrible football
It’s been some time since the team got a win, so maybe we can fly the “W” flag this week for the first time since early November. The Falcons can snap a five-game skid if they win.
Falcons running back Tevin Coleman has struggled down the stretch this season, but editor extraordinaire, gentleman, and scholar Matt Chambers found out a disconcerting statistic that puts into question his future with the team. (I spruced up this sentence. -ed.)
We’ll have to see how TeCo does down the stretch to really determine his long-standing status with the organization, but he’s not likely to find the deal he wants right now here or anywhere if he doesn’t break more tackles.
The Front Runners
To close, I’ll drop a personal plug for a piece I plucked away on about the Falcons and my thoughts on their true identity, at least for now.
To me, Leodis McKelvin was right. The Falcons are front runners.
So, the links are in, and you’ve got a grin. Ahhh, c’mon, I can see it. Show us a smile.
Go out there and win the day, friends. We’ll link in tomorrow.