We’ve written a couple of articles about what the Falcons biggest roster need is heading into the offseason. Without question, it’s quarterback. Desmond Ridder might or might not be the guy, but until that position is figured out, whatever else the Falcons do will be a moot point. However, PFF looked at things a little differently, stating Atlanta’s biggest need is… everything.
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The unfortunate thing is they aren’t wrong. The team doesn’t have a single position group that doesn’t need significant upgrading. Quarterback may be their most important need, but additions must be made across the board, or they will once again be on the outside looking in come playoff time.
If there’s one area that’s stronger than the others, it’s running back. Tyler Allgeier flashed enough to consider him a RB1 entering 2023, and Cordarrelle Patterson is a strong RB2. Still, with Caleb Huntley likely to miss the entire season after suffering a torn Achilles, they need to add at least one other running back.
The offensive line also performed admirably in 2022, but as Alex has noted on multiple occasions, several positions could still be upgraded — namely, center and left guard.
Outside of that, the entire roster is barren. Drake London is the only worthily wide receiver, and there’s no reason to even get into the defense. Grady Jarrett and A.J. Terrell are the only proven players on that side of the ball. If they have the resources, the Falcons could legitimately add at least 15 more quality defensive players this offseason.
The roster is bleak, but the outlook for 2023 and beyond is far from it. Despite all of their deficiencies, the Falcons managed to go 7-10. They have the second-most cap space in the NFL and the 8th overall pick in the draft. There’s a ton of room to improve this roster, and they have plenty of resources to make things happen. In a weak NFC South, anything is possible. There’s a strong chance the Falcons enter next season as one of the favorites in the division.
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