Falcons GM talks being ‘aggressive’ with more free agent additions

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The Falcons are wrapping up minicamp as they prepare to part from Flowery Branch before training camp kicks off.

The most prominent storylines of OTAs were Bijan Robinson‘s new Christian McCaffery-esque role, Michael Penix looking the part early, and Kirk Cousins being ahead of schedule with his Achilles.

However, one that isn’t being discussed enough is Atlanta’s question marks on defense. The coaching staff is high on Clark Phillips as well as DeMarcco Hellams; however, that doesn’t change the fact that there are a lot of questions that need answers.

The Falcons are doing a lot of hoping and praying in the secondary. Atlanta is essentially rolling with two of Clark Phillips, Dee Alford, Mike Hughes, Kevin King, and Antonio Hamilton to occupy the other corner spots next to A.J. Terrell, with Richie Grant or DeMarcco Hellams set to start next to Jessie Bates III.

That’s not the kind of secondary that will fair well in the postseason. It looks a lot like Matt Ryan‘s Falcons, but the offseason isn’t over and free agent additions could still come, says Atlanta’s GM Terry Fontenot.

The Falcons are relying on a ton of young pieces at some pretty important spots, not just the secondary.

Kaden Elliss will be joined by Troy Andersen and Nate Landman, two young linebackers. Lorenzo Carter, who is nothing more than a rotational piece, and Arnold Ebiketie, who is young himself, will be joined by Bralen Trice and Zach Harrison. Grady Jarrett and David Onyemata will be joined by Ruke Orhorhoro and Brandon Dorlus along the defensive front as well.

The club recognized the quarterback position was a massive weakness, and they answered the bell by signing Kirk Cousins and drafting Michael Penix, but they can’t ignore the defense. There were no proven commodities added to that side of the ball, only unproven and inexperienced players.

Hopefully, Terry Fontenot does add a worthwhile body in the secondary.

Photographer: Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire

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