When looking at the current roster for the Atlanta Falcons, they appear to be quite deep in a number of positions. Coach Quinn and company have certainly made it a priority to acquire as much talent as possible across the roster and particularly at position groups like the offensive line and defensive line, mainly because injuries have crippled them in the past.
There aren’t very many positions available on the team as it sits right now, and quite honestly, there will be some tough cuts going forward for a few. That being said, where are there remaining holes that the Falcons may look to fill before the season starts?
Third tight end
To me, this is, by far, the weakest position group on the team. Although the Falcons acquired Hurst via trade, we really don’t know what he will contribute to the offense as of yet. Behind him, there isn’t a ton of experience at the position.
Jaeden Graham certainly showed promise last season with his receiving ability, so we will see how he builds on his progress. There will certainly be some competition at the position primarily between Khari Lee and interesting rookie Jared Pinkney. At this point, Lee has the edge but I’m certainly keeping my eye on Pinkney as he should at least make the practice squad.
If there’s an injury here, though, who steps up? The Falcons really could use more veteran competition at tight end.
For the most part, the LB corps, led by Deion Jones, appears to be set. Oluokon is set to start alongside Jones, the Falcons acquired Deone Buchannon via Free Agency, and they drafted Mykal Walker in the 4th round of the 2020 draft. It’s a solid group.
A decent mix of speed, athleticism, youth and experience, that last spot will see some competition. The Falcons also re-acquired LaRoy Reynolds and acquired Edmond Robinson to compete, as well, and they’ll be vying for that final spot. Reynolds is a fan favorite and a good special teams history, and Robinson has excellent size and athleticism. It’s just a question of what happens if those players are called upon to play significant snaps, and Atlanta should at least take a hard look at the market here.
This is the position that is still a concern. Behind newly acquired Dante Fowler, jr and Takk McKinley, there simply isn’t a consistent rusher. Just as teams can’t have enough good cornerbacks, there’s no such things as too many good pass rushers, something Dan Quinn reminds us of often.
Steven Means returns after a season ending injury, but as a whole, this just isn’t a very inspiring group. The Falcons acquired former first rounder Charles Harris via trade, but he hasn’t been productive so far in his career. The main question with this group is, does Coach Quinn stand pat or does he look to add another rusher before the season starts? You can never count the Falcons out here, especially when the talent available on the team isn’t knocking anyone’s socks off.