Now that the Falcons have completed their rookie mini-camp, and OTA’s have continued, I think it’s time to take a look at the “State of the Franchise” of the Atlanta Falcons .
Thomas Dimitroff has always been a sly dog. So it doesn’t surprise me that the Falcons have been “quiet” in the off season. Most analyst and crazy fans think the Falcons need MAJOR upgrades this off-season however I disagree. The Falcons went 13-3 and only lost those three games, once to each team in their NFC South division. The Falcons did not lose too much; the biggest hit was the loss of John Abraham, which still hasn’t signed with another team.
The Falcons upgraded BIG in the draft. Drafting cornerbacks Desmond Trufant in the 1st round and Robert Alford in the 2nd showed an immense improvement, not only due to the SPEED of these corners, but because they can tackle. Cornerback was a position of need due to the loss of Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes (who did not even play in 2012).
Coming within 5 YARDS of the Super Bowl last season, the Falcons are still an early favorite in the NFC, however teams like Seattle and the 49ers have also upgraded significantly this offseason. Rookie Desmond Trufant will wear Deion Sanders’ No. 21 and is the early favorite to start opposite Asante Samuel, but it is too early to call that battle right now, because Robert Alford has also shown great promise during OTA’s and Mini Camp.
“Does ATL have pass rush?” —- Blah Blah Blah! Believe it or not, Kroy Biermann is a BEAST, with him and the newest Atlanta Falcon addition Osi Umenyiora, the Falcons will be ok! The Falcons signed over 20 rookie free agents and half of them are trying out to make the Offensive Line, which will be helpful. Hello! Did everyone seem to forget that the Falcons also signed running back Steven Jackson, who may I remind you, has rushed for 8 out 9 seasons, with more than 1000 yards, each of those 8 years!
Lastly, with the pick of Fourth-rounder Levine Toilolo, the Falcons have another tight end target opposite the future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales. Toilolo is a 6-foot-8 tight end and he has amazing hands too!
So take all the additions, and add them to an already dangerous offense that includes: a top 5 QB in Matt Ryan, two ALL-STAR Receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White, not to mention the shifty Harry Douglas at the slot, and you cannot tell me that the Falcons won’t be playing in AT least the NFC Championship this season!
Only time will tell though. I know I can’t wait until September when football season begins though!