Grady Jarrett becomes 2nd member of Falcons to make Top 100 Players list

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Grady Jarrett is the unquestioned leader of the Falcons; it’s his team. He’s one of the longest-tenured members, and he’s arguably the best player on the roster. So, it’s no surprise he becomes the second Falcon to be featured on the Top 100 Players list voted on by the players, coming in at 63 after Chris Lindstrom appeared on the list as the 87th ranked player.

What’s even crazier? Grady Jarrett could enjoy his best season yet in 2023.

The Falcons dramatically improved the entire defense this offseason, which should benefit Jarrett, but most importantly, they finally got him help across the defensive line. It’s a group that features top end talent and depth — David Onyemata, Calais Campbell, Eddie Goldman, Ta’Quon Graham, Bud Dupree, Lorenzo Carter, Arnold Ebiketie, and DeAngelo Malone.

It’s the deepest group the Falcons have had in the trenches in quite a long time, and it’s why Grady Jarrett could be in for the best season of his career.

Jarrett has been a one-man wrecking ball for much of his time in Atlanta. Statistically, his best season came in 2019 when he totaled 7.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss en route to Second-Team All-Pro honors. However, his supporting cast wasn’t overly impressive — Vic Beasley, Takkarist McKinley, Tyeler Davison, Adrian Clayborn, John Cominsky, and Jack Crawford.

Just think back to last season. Jarrett logged 6.0 sacks and 12 tackles for loss last year with a fraction of the talent he’ll be surrounded by in 2023. Ta’Quon Graham was a mainstay along Atlanta’s front and was a significant factor in why Jarrett was so successful. Though he didn’t have the gaudy sack total, the Texas product’s presence impacted Jarrett’s production.

In 11 weeks, Graham only logged six quarterback pressures, but Jarrett notched 5.5 of his 6.0 sacks and 10 of his 12 tackles for loss in that period, recording only 0.5 sacks and two tackles for loss over the final six games.

Nobody should be surprised when Grady Jarrett mails in in a career year.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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