The Falcons didn’t come out of Week 1 with a win, but there were plenty of positives. The offensive line looked much improved from a year ago due to changes at center and left guard, Marcus Mariota‘s mobility, and Arthur Smith’s scheme. The defense didn’t look like the unit that totaled the fewest sacks in the league last year (by a country mile). And the rookie class made an impact on both sides of the ball. Drake London and Arnold Ebiketie had impressive NFL debuts, and the former was even recognized as one of the NFL’s best Week 1 performers by Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager.
London led the Falcons in receiving in his first game after hauling in five receptions on seven targets, which was tied for the team lead, for 74 yards. The big-bodied USC product came as advertised, making contested catches and plays after the catch. He’s currently on pace to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving, but London draws one of the league’s best corners in Week 2 — Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey and the Rams as a whole had an abysmal outing in Week 1 against the Bills. He was the only cornerback in the NFL to have allowed a passer rating of 158.3 on more than five targets. Josh Allen went 7-of-8 for 108 yards when targeting Ramsey. London isn’t in Stefon Diggs‘ league, but hopefully, Drake London is up for the difficult task ahead.
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