Falcons rookie matches Stefon Diggs first-year feat

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The Falcons might not be a very good football team, but at least they’re entertaining. Atlanta hasn’t won their first game in 2022; however, they’ve been extraordinarily entertaining in both matchups this year. The club nearly completed a 28-3 comeback against the Rams on Sunday. Had Marcus Mariota not thrown a game-ending interception in the endzone, the Falcons could’ve finally gotten out from underneath the dark rain cloud that seemingly follows them wherever they play.

However, there were silver linings once again in the Falcons’ loss to the Rams as there was last week against the Saints. Atlanta once again proved this team has tremendous fight; I’ve personally dubbed them the Fiesty Falcons. They never quit, and that’s commendable for a rebuilding team. Another positive is Drake London, who was once again the Falcons’ leading receiver. The former No. 8 overall pick finished with eight receptions on 12 targets for 86 yards, including his first career touchdown.


Moreover, London is the first rookie since Stefon Diggs, who did it in 2015, to haul in five receptions and record at least 70 yards in each of his first two games. Yes, that includes receivers like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase.

Drake London has come as advertised. He’s leading the team in receptions, targets, and yards. Obviously, that’s not sustainable or even ideal with Kyle Pitts in the fold. Still, it’s encouraging moving forward; the Falcons have another dangerous pass catcher for whichever signal caller takes the reigns after Marcus Mariota, who is very clearly not the long-term answer in Atlanta.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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