The Falcons don’t have the premier players some clubs have like Chris Jones, Tyreek Hill, Josh Allen, etc., but they still have a few individuals deserving of Pro Bowl honors. Atlanta currently sits one game under .500 with six games left to play, and while there are scenarios where the team makes the playoffs, Atlanta could also be slotted to pick in the top ten of the 2023 NFL Draft. There’s no telling how the rest of the season shakes out, so here are the Pro Bowl candidates to keep an eye on as the season progresses:
Jarrett is having as good of a year as he’s ever had, and should be recognized for his season. He currently leads the Falcons in sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (10), and quarterback hits (12). He’s on pace to set a career-high sack mark. After the Falcons signed him to an extension this past offseason, the team has to feel like the early returns on their investment.
Lindstrom might actually be having a more impressive season than Jarrett, and might earn his first All-Pro honor this season. The former first-round pick has quickly taken the mantle from Jake Matthews as the team’s best lineman, and he might be the best guard in football. Offensive linemen don’t have the fact stats that defenders do, but Pro Football Focus has Lindstrom as one of their top-graded linemen, not just guard.
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— PFF (@PFF) November 23, 2022
Patterson spent a month on the Injured Reserve after undergoing a procedure on his knee, but when healthy, he’s been one of the most dominant offensive players in football. In six starts, Patterson has posted 500 scrimmage yards and six total touchdowns, including a record-breaking kick return score. He probably won’t have enough volume to have a real chance at a Pro Bowl, but he’s a fan favorite. Sometimes, it’s just about the most popular player garnering more votes, right or wrong.
Terrell is having a down year, considering where he was at last year — in the conversation for the league’s best corner. He’s regressed a bit, but the All-Pro is still having a career year by some corners’ standards. Terrell likely won’t garner the popularity vote; he didn’t last year and still made an All-Pro team.
Besides Jarrett and Lindstrom, Williams might have a legitimate argument to make the Pro Bowl as a special teamer. The Boise State product leads the league in punt return average with 17.44 yards. He’s turned into one of the best players in the league in the third phase of the game. The Falcons have an actual claim to the best returners in football in Patterson and Williams.
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