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Atlanta Falcons team needs discussion

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I always am of the opinion, that you have to look at what a roster would look like and factor in potential cap casualties as well. So if I'm looking at it for the Atlanta Falcons, this is what the roster currently looks like factoring in the cap casualties of Allen Bailey, Devonta Freeman, Ty Sambrailo, Matt Schaub, Luke Stocker,  as well as the retirement of James Carpenter. 

Set Starters in bold. Need Areas at the end

QB: Matt Ryan, Kurt Benkert, Danny Etling => Needs a backup

RB&FB: Ito Smith, Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison, Craig Reynolds => Needs a starter at both RB and FB. Tons of change of pace guys.

WR: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake, Brandon Powell, Devin Gray => a guy to compete as a bigger bodied possession receiver would be nice to have.

TE: Jaeden Graham, Carson Meier => Need to re-sign Austin Hooper or this becomes a Tier A need.

OL: Jake Matthews, Alex Mack, Chris Lindstrom, Kaleb McGary, Matt Gono, Lukayus McNeil, Jamon Brown, Sean Harlow => Depth here is a huge need. But a starter at LG so that they can avoid starting Matt Gono or Jamon Brown there would be nice.

Dan Quinn likes to run interesting personnel groupings on the DL so it leads to three distinct DL Groups: True DTs that play only 0-5T, True DE's that play only 5-9T and hybrid DL that play from 0-7T.

DT: Grady Jarrett, Deadrin Senat, Michael Bennett => A true space eating 1T would be great for the Falcons. Jarrett is exceptional, but some help is needed inside.

Hybrid DL: John Cominsky, Jacob Tuioti-Mariner => Cominsky has talent, but is raw. A true base DE who can slide to DT in nickel would be nice.

DE: Takk McKinley, Austin Larkin => This is a huge need. The Falcons need a true edge rusher to create havoc. It's been a need since Abraham left in 2012.

LB: Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun, Ahmad Thomas => getting a new SLB starter to replace Campbell seems like the right move. But it's not of dire importance due to the lack of base usage in today's NFL and Atlanta's potential for big nickel sets with Neal in the box and Kazee at FS in those sets.

CB: Desmond Trufant, Kendall Sheffield, Isaiah Oliver, Jordan Miller, C.J. Reavis => depth/long-term starter to eventually replace Trufant would be nice, but that's not a true high-level need right now. 

S: Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee, Jamal Carter, Sharrod Neasman, Chris Cooper => Outside of depth guys, this spot is set.

ST: K Younghoe Koo (ERFA who has been tendered), LS Josh Harris => Kicker and Punter competition needs to be brought in. No set starter at either spot.

 

Overall:

Tier A needs: DE, DT, OG, RB

Tier B needs: TE, CB, LB, Hybrid DL

Tier C needs: WR, S, K, P, QB

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