Like many NFL teams, the Falcons have been making a flurry of moves in preparation for their opening game of the season. The Falcons are far from done and look to deepen both the offensive line and running back positions. Broncos beat writer Troy Renck tweeted out that the Falcons were one of the teams interested in acquiring former Broncos running back Montee Ball.
#Atlanta Falcons one of the teams that has expressed some interest in free agent Monte Ball. Hope he gets fresh start and revives career
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) September 7, 2015
Ball failed to lift off in Denver after his brilliant college career, but is still a young back that deserves another shot with an NFL team. The Falcons are currently thin at running back after Antone Smith reached an injury settlement with the team. Devonta Freeman’s injury has also kept him from getting preseason reps. Rookie Tevin Coleman will look to shoulder the load in the beginning the season, but adding Ball would certainly make sense for the team.
In other news Adam Schefter tweeted out information regarding Jake Long and the Falcons.
Update: OT Jake Long leaves for Atlanta on Wednesday and will work out for Falcons on Thursday. Cleared and ready to go.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2015
This is not the first time the Falcons have worked out Long. Long worked out with the Falcons back in July, but there was no corresponding move. Later on the Falcons said the workout went really well, however, they still opted to pass on Long. But it looks like with the continuing struggles of the offensive line in the preseason, that the Falcons are once again interested in acquiring the former number one overall pick. Long is not the same pro-bowl caliber player that he was earlier in his career after suffering multiple knee injuries, but the Falcons are in desperate need of help. The fact that Long is cleared and ready to go is a positive sign. If he can stay healthy for the Falcons, he could wind up being the best offensive lineman on the team. Look for a possible move coming in the next couple days regarding Long.
Lastly some interesting news was reported by Vaughn Mcclure regarding the running backs that are currently on the team. ‘
Devonta said he expected Tevin Coleman to get the starting nod since he didn't get any game reps during the preseason off hamstring injury
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 8, 2015
Coleman was finally cleared to play in the final preseason game against the Ravens. He rushed the ball 8 times for 56 yards and looked like he could be a solid NFL running back. He showcased his great vision and explosiveness through the hole that he did throughout college. However, the sample size is tiny, so look for both of these guys to get a good share of the carries in week 1, assuming that Freeman is able to play.