Falcons’ talented backfield egregiously excluded from NFL position rankings

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The Falcons featured one of the most potent rushing attacks in the league last year.

A backfield comprised of a franchise record-setter in Tyler Allgeier and the ageless Cordarrelle Patterson ranked fourth in yards per rush (4.9) and second in yards per game (159.9).

Moreover, Atlanta went out and added Bijan Robinson, who is arguably the best running back prospect to enter the league since the turn of the century. In a different era, the Texas product would’ve been in the conversation for the first overall pick.

But somehow, the Falcons running backs were left off Charles Davis and Paul Burmeister of the 33rd Team’s rankings of the best units in football.

  1. Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards
  2. A.J. Dillon, Aaron Jones
  3. Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell, Deebo Samuel
  4. Derrick Henry, Tyjae Spears
  5. Jalen Hurts, RB Trio
  6. Breece Hall, Michael Carter
  7. Jonathan Taylor, Anthony Richardson

At first glance, I could somewhat understand the rankings if it didn’t include rookies that had never played, but Anthony Richardson makes the cut. There’s absolutely no excuse for the Falcons’ backfield trio of Bijan Robinson, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Tyler Allgeier not making the list. It’s an egregious mistake by Davis and Burmeister; it’s condemnable.

Rankings are subjective and quite literally worthless, but it’s a fun exercise for engagement. This list has absolutely no business in any conversation at all. I’m not even trying to be a homer, but to leave off one of the most effective rushing attacks THAT ONLY GOT BETTER THIS OFFSEASON is more than just a mistake.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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