Albert Breer’s five threads from the Falcons

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Albert Breer is a senior NFL reporter who is nationally respected for his stories and analysis of the league. Though the Falcons seem to have more problems than solutions, Breer is higher on the team than most analysts. In his five threads of each team, he gave more positive than negative thoughts.

Breer pointing out Hurst should excite fans because he’s exactly right. Hurst will garner favorable matchups as opposing defenses key in on Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley. Arthur Smith uses two tight end sets as much as any, utilizing the bigger-bodied receiving targets to create mismatches against slower or smaller defenders, and Hurst is the beneficiary of that.

Even though the defense has minimal recognizable names, Breer does highlight two of the most talented defenders in Dean Pees’ unit. Foye and Debo give their defensive coordinator the flexibility in his scheme and play calling, given their ability to support the run, drop into coverage, and blitz the quarterback interchangeably.

Breer’s comments about A.J. Terrell are nothing new, as reports have been consistent regarding how impressive he has been thus far. He’s clearly taking that second-year leap, and his peers/coaches have noticed. He also notes the staff is impressed with rookie Richie Grant, who isn’t currently listed as a starter but is sure to get snaps due to his impact-play ability.

Finally, Breer addresses the elephant in the room — the talent/depth in the trenches. The Falcons offensive line has three established starters returning in Jake Matthews, Chris Lindstrom, and Kaleb McGary. Matthews, the stalwart of the group, has been one of the ten best left tackles in the league for the better part of a decade. Lindstrom is on the cusp of becoming a Pro-Bowl player, and McGary has steadily improved since entering the league. Still, Jalen Mayfield and Matt Hennessy are unproven. Their first five matchups to start the season will be a formidable challenge as they face 11 of the 30 best interior defenders in the NFL.

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