Contrary to popular belief, the Falcons have a very good roster that is one quarterback away from being a legitimate contender in this league.
Through ten games, Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke have shown no inclination of being the long-term answer, which would put Atlanta back in the quarterback market this offseason.
Whichever avenues Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot take, the signal caller that is brought in will be joining a club that already has the bones in place.
The defense has many impending free agents, but re-signing some of them should be a priority, and the Falcons will have plenty of cap space to dip back into the free agent market this offseason.
Jessie Bates III, A.J. Terrell, Kaden Elliss, David Onyemata, and Grady Jarrett is an excellent start to another menacing defense in 2024. Jeff Okudah, Dee Alford, and Kentavious Street should be brought back as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Atlanta went big game hunting this offseason for a difference making pass rusher.
Offensively, most of the pieces are locked up long-term. Kyle Pitts, Drake London, and Bijan Robinson are as talented of a skill group as there is in the NFL, and they pair nicely with an above-average offensive line. It’s a very enticing roster to join as a quarterback.
There are several promising young building blocks, but Bleacher Report thinks the most promising is the unicorn rookie running back.
Bijan Robinson’s numbers don’t pop off the page in comparison to what we saw from him at Texas, but he’s shown flashes of his elite athleticism and versatility in the NFL. There’s no reason to second-guess why he was a top-10 pick, head coach Arthur Smith just needs to find ways get the ball to him as often as possible.
I have no arguments here because Bijan Robinson is no ordinary running back. He’s a special player that can impact the game in more ways than I can count. As a traditional runner and receiver, he’s electric with the ball in his hands. There’s no reason he shouldn’t get 20 touches every single game, split in any variety between rushes and receptions. Robinson is the quintessential offensive weapon for today’s NFL to build around.
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