The Atlanta Falcons went to the Super Bowl last year. They had a breakthrough season and should have won the big game if not for an epic collapse. The Falcons were led by veteran stars on offense like quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones. They had a pair of rookie stars on defense in middle linebacker Deion Jones and safety Keanu Neal.
The Falcons also received great contributions from role players. Young receiver Taylor Gabriel averaged 17 yards a catch and hauled in six touchdown passes. Veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney only started one game but was a good situational pass rusher. He had three sacks and was disruptive off the bench. Backup running back Tevin Coleman ran for more than 500 yards. He was also a factor in the passing game, catching 31 passes and averaging 14 yards per reception. To put that in perspective, Brian Westbrook averaged 9 yards per catch for his career. Defensive back Brian Poole was an undrafted rookie who came out of nowhere to win the nickel role and become a key contributor on defense.
The Eagles will be a good team this year if
Aaron Grymes had a strong showing last summer. He was on pace to make the roster and even…
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