Three Falcons who improved their stock this offseason – Atlanta Falcons News

Three Falcons who improved their stock this offseason – Atlanta Falcons News

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Dan Quinn challenged his team to have the best offseason yet and his players apparently heard him loud and clear. Atlanta’s head coach said he was pleased with what he sawfrom his group this offseason following the team’s final mandatory minicamp practice session last Thursday.

Here are three players who stood out and improved their stock heading into training camp:

1. Grady Jarrett

Grady Jarrett is trying to prove that his dominant performance in Super Bowl LI was no fluke.

Jarrett recorded three sacks in the game, and since then, the defensive tackle has shown he’s motivated in a new way.

“That was definitely a highlight of my career as far as the way I played,” Jarrett said of his Super Bowl performance. “I feel like the effort I gave on that day was because I wanted that win so badly. It just makes me want even more for this team and this city.”

Quinn noticed the work Jarrett has put in this offseason, tabbing him as player who has “totally jumped out” to the coaching staff the past two months.

Not only does Jarrett feel like he’s hitting his stride individually, he’s also entering his third season with perhaps his best supporting cast yet.

The Falcons return the NFL’s 2016 sack leader, Vic Bealsey, Ra’Shede Hageman, a healthy Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn. They also added Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe and defensive lineman Jack Crawford to the unit and drafted pass rusher Takkarist McKinley in the first round this April.

In his first two seasons, Jarrett has tallied four sacks and 72 tackles.

2. Justin Hardy

Since his arrival in Atlanta in 2015, receiver…

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