The Atlanta Falcons certainly have a talented roster on paper. While Coach Quinn and company have looked to fill out the roster at a few key positions like cornerback and tight end where they had an experience deficit, there are some very strong positions on the depth chart, as well.
Through free agency and the draft, the front office has made some position groups even stronger and are still looking to solidify others. As we approach the 2020 season, which position groups are the strongest on the roster?
This is easily the deepest group on the roster, beginning at the top with the best receiver on the planet in Julio Jones and rising star Calvin Ridley. The Falcons also added Laquon Treadwell, former 1st round pick who will compete for playing time at 3rd WR with Russell Gage, Jr. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there with this group.
There’s the speedy Olamide Zaccheaus and the newly acquired UDFA Chris Rowland, both of whom have very real potential and wheels and round out the group effectively. This is a very crowded group with stiff competition to even crack the roster. This is a very deep and diverse group that should make some noise this coming season, especially if Gage and Treadwell take a step forward.
Perhaps the biggest splash of the season for the Falcons was signing Georgia favorite Todd Gurley II to the roster via FA. In adding him, the Falcons turned this RB group into a very versatile one.
The most interesting battle will be for the RB2 role between Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Being the shifty, balanced change of pace back gives Smith the slight edge, but it’s been noted that Brian Hill has worked diligently to improve his catching skills out of the backfield. The skill set of each runner is different, so if used properly (ahem Coach Koetter), this group could be fun to watch. A healthy Gurley will make it even more fun.
Coach Quinn has certainly had his challenges as head coach, but he’s quietly done a solid job at building the DT group consistently throughout his tenure here.
Led by Grady Jarrett, this group has the youth, experience and talent to actually make some noise now and in the future. After adding Marlon Davidson via the draft, Quinn has a group now that could be quite disruptive and versatile (there’s that word again) in 2020. Tyeler Davison is a very good run stopper, Deadrin Senat has potential we haven’t seen yet, and those aren’t even the only names to know here.
Now, a lot of this depends on the development of players like John Cominsky, who actually finished strong last season, but there’s no denying the overall potential of this group.
This group is very intriguing to me. There’s a good amount of talent, depth and diversity at the safety position, and I honestly can’t remember the last time it’s been his deep.
With Keanu Neal back in the fold, you’re now looking at a group that has 3 players that have significant starting experience, plus others like Sharrod Neasman who have game experience. What will be interesting is how this group will be used because Neal has excelled closer to the line of scrimmage, and Kazee has proven to be most effective if he can roam and use his superior ball skills.
I’m certainly anxious to see how defensive coordinator Raheem Morris deploys this group in clear passing situations because he will have a myriad of options.
What groups do you think are the strongest?