Despite having some of the best players in the league at quarterback, receiver, defensive end, and sometimes, the Atlanta Falcons roster always seems to have some big holes that limit the team’s potential.
Outside of a few regular players, including Grady Jarrett, Jake Matthews and AJ Terrell, this year’s roster is tough on paper. Because of this, many NFL experts are expecting the Falcons to wear in 2022.
In fact, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin recently ranked Atlanta dead last out of 32 NFL teams.
EVERYONE in the NFL went 1-32 👀
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 6, 2022
The Falcons will be without QB Matt Ryan, who has kept the team going for more than a decade, but they still have players on both sides of the ball who can start for almost any team in the league.
Even the worst offensive line has two of the NFL’s best in Chris Lindstrom and Jake Matthews. At the end of the second year Kyle Pitts could start for any team in the league, including Kansas City and San Francisco. The same can be said for defensive ends DL Grady Jarrett and CB AJ Terrell.
All other teams, you could argue, are more filled with questions and uncertainty than they are with poor talent. Most of that comes from the quarterback position. However, if Marcus Mariota has a good season, then the entire offense could look different.
Atlanta also added two receivers, both of whom would have been starters a year ago, in Drake London and Bryan Edwards. On the defensive side, the Falcons signed former Pro Bowl CB Casey Hayward to start opposite Terrell. On the other hand, Lorenzo Carter is an underrated, high value talent who was added in the offseason. Carter should make good contact with Arnold Ebiketie sophomore.
The Falcons defense could also see the help of, what should be, a big season for ILB Mykal Walker and safety Richie Grant. All these players need to work hard to start their respective titles while giving an edge over their competitors.
So while this Atlanta team has its share of question marks, putting the Falcons among the worst teams in the NFL seems like an overstatement. The only way to prove the suspects guilty is to do it on the court. Fortunately, we are not too far from the start of training camp.