Arthur Smith makes interesting comments on recent Falcons trade for Van Jefferson

NFL: AUG 05 Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

The Falcons swung a deal with the Rams to acquire Van Jefferson for minimal draft compensation about three weeks ahead of the NFL trade deadline.

Ahead of their Week 6 contest in Atlanta, Arthur Smith adds a dynamic piece to the offense that has been missing — a deep threat. Now, Scotty Miller was expected to assume that role, but I suppose Van Jefferson is here to take over.

Not only will he add a vertical threat to the Falcons offense, but he will also open up the middle of the field and intermediate routes for Drake London and Kyle Pitts.

Without giving up much compensation in return, it’s a low-cost and potentially high-reward for Terry Fontenot; Smith acknowledged the win-win scenario at hand.

Smith also made another comment during the media session on Wednesday that some NFL fans don’t realize, and I think it’s very important to understand. Arthur Smith showered the Rams and their front office with praise for being easy to work with as trade partners, mentioning that some aren’t so easy to work with.

There are GMs, regardless of the sport, that are very difficult to deal with in these scenarios. Les Snead is heralded for his unorthodox way of building the Rams’ roster. It netted Los Angeles a Super Bowl, but 2023 was supposed to be the season in which the Rams and Snead were to pay the piper.

It couldn’t be further from the truth. The Rams are still very competitive and could squeak out a Wild Card spot. It’s a testament to Snead and Sean McVay. I imagine the GMs who are very good at their jobs aren’t necessarily difficult to deal with, which Terry Fontenot also seems to be.

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire



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