We hope you’re enjoying your Memorial Day, Falcoholics. We’ve got some Falcons links for you to peruse whilst grilling or drinking or throwing Billy’s baseball over the backyard fence.
Falcons coach Raheem Morris will be assuming the role of full-time defensive coordinator in 2020, returning to the side of the ball wear he’s spent the bulk of his coaching career. With a promising group of young defenders at his disposal, what changes can Morris make to help Atlanta’s defense excel next season?
Deone Bucannon onboard
The Falcons’ defense welcomed a new face last week, bringing versatile defender Deone Bucannon into the fold. The former first-rounder can play both linebacker and safety, and should prove a solid veteran addition to Atlanta’s defense.
Atlanta’s offseason program is in full swing, but the coronavirus pandemic has obviously forced changes to usual operations. Meetings are held over Zoom, and Flowery Branch has just opened its doors to limited capacity. Despite the pandemic, players are still finding ways to get together in small groups and practice.
Isaiah Oliver has been practicing against Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage — some stiff competition to be sure. Oliver is entering his third year in the NFL, and 2020 will be particularly important as he attempts to cement himself as one of the Falcons’ top corners.
Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman reportedly rebuffed an offer from the Seattle Seahawks for $4 million, and now it’s being reported that he is prepared to sit out the season in hopes for a larger deal.
Post-June 1 options
With the post-June 1 cut of Desmond Trufant, the Falcons are in line to receive $10.75 million in cap space, and with some attractive free agent options still unsigned, Atlanta could elect to bring in some extra help at a variety of positions. Our Kevin Knight has been tracking some of the names that may fit the bill for the Falcons at different spots on the roster: