Atlanta Falcons Preview
Well, at least the Falcons didn’t have their star QB arrested on dog fighting charges this offseason. They brought in new Coach Mike Smith, Jacksonville’s former Defensive Coordinator. Hopefully he doesn’t quit on them like Bobby Petrino.
Offensively they are handing the keys to Boston College Rookie Matt Ryan at QB. He has a couple of decent threats in Roddy White, who emerged last year with 83 catches for 1202 yards, and 6 TDs, and Michael Jenkins. Alge Crumpler has moved on to Tennessee and has been replaced by Ben Hartsock. Their prized free agent signing was Running Back Michael “Burner” Turner from San Diego. He’ll get teh chance to be the lead back for a change. Jerious Norwood will be the change-of-pace back as Warrick Dunn returned to Tampa.
Defensivley they are going to hope Jamaal Anderson can improve as a second-year DE. If he can, he’ll take some of the pressure off John Abraham, who had ten Sacks last year. Keith Brooking and Michael Boley each had over 100 tackles at Linebacker. Demorrio Williams has moved on to Kansas City, and will be replaced by Tony Taylor. Another key missing piece is DeAngelo Hall, who went to Oakland. He had big ability, but a big attitude to match. Brent Grimes will step in to replace him to go with Chris Houston. Chris Crocker was solid at Safety, but went to Miami and will be replaced by Erik Coleman. Lawyer Milloy returns at the other Safety position. He had 90 tackles last year.
Let’s see. A lot of turnover on Defense. Rookie QB. Rookie Head Coach. Yeah, this team is destined to fail. Not only will they finish in the bottom of NFC South, they will challenge for the worst record in football.
Fantasy-wise there isn’t much to offer in the ATL. Michael Turner is worth a gamble on a #1 or #2 RB slot, but you don’t know what you are going to get. Roddy White makes a solid #3 WR in most formats. Matt Ryan, Jerious Norwood, and Michael Jenkins are fantasy backups at best. You’re not going to get rich (i.e. win your fantasy league) relying on too many Falcons. Look elsewhere.