You survived the first Sunday without NFL football. Good for you, but there will be many more ahead. Steel yourself for a long offseason with today’s edition of Falcoholinks.
Another week, another slate of mock drafts for you to ponder. The Falcoholic’s Kevin Knight dropped the fourth edition of his 7-round mock for Atlanta, this time addressing the offensive line with a big man from the SEC.
Eric Robinson followed that up with a mock draft of his own, also dipping into the SEC well to select a pass rusher from Florida.
Todd McShay, not a Falcoholic, also treated us to a new mock draft that features a familiar face. Many outlets have projected defensive tackle Ed Oliver to Atlanta, and that’s where he lands in the the second iteration of McShay’s draft day mock.
The Falcons made some key moves last week, releasing long-time kicker Matt Bryant, cornerback Robert Alford, and defensive end Brooks Reed. The offseason is the time for roster reshuffles, and Allen Strk is out with an extensive piece on how the Falcons should reconstruct their roster to reflect their championship aspirations.
One of those imperative moves is inking free agent defensive tackle Grady Jarrett to a lengthy new deal, one that could be in the range of $16-18 million per year.
We already miss Matt Bryant. Like, a lot. As we’re moving through the stages of grief to eventually accepting his release, the writers here at The Falcoholic took a look back at some of their favorite Matt Bryant memories. Clutch kicks upon clutch kicks, trash-talking Greg Hardy, unshakable consistency: Matt Bryant’s illustrious history in Atlanta is jam-packed with moments to look back on fondly.
This week we kicked off a new series, Forgotten Falcons, where we take a closer look at some under the radar names from Atlanta’s past. While we look forward to the 2019 season, we wanted to take a look way back, as well.
The first forgotten Falcon? Defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers. Jumpy joined Atlanta in the twilight of his career, but he had a great damn name and a great pass rush move.
Next up is defensive end Brady Smith, a five-year vet in an Atlanta Falcons uniform who came over from New Orleans prior to the 2000 season. Smith tallied 32 sacks for the Falcons, which puts him top-five in the franchise for that metric.
We’ve got an intriguing list of players slated to be featured in the Forgotten Falcons series, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks and relive some memories.