Atlanta Falcons boast No. 10 ‘triplet’ according to


It’s the offseason, which means there is no shortage of power rankings, lists and statistics. Dave Dameshek of gave his take on the league’s best trios of quarterback, running back and wide receiver. The Atlanta Falcons come in at No. 10.

Aug 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) celebrates with wide receiver Julio Jones (11) after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The combination of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman is good for a top-10 spot, and they are behind some strong trios.

There can’t be any complaints of Dameshek’s top three selections. At No. 1 is the team of Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown.

Closely behind is the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson, followed by Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham of the back-to-back NFC champions.


At No. 8 is the Lions’ combination of Matthew Stafford, Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson, which is largely down to Megatron. One spot above Atlanta is the Panthers’ trio of Cam Newton, Jonathan Stewart and Kelvin Benjamin… yeah I’m not buying that one quite as much.

In at No. 10 is the Falcons’ team led by Matty Ice. Here’s what Dameshek wrote about the Falcons:

"“Team Teva struggled for a second straight season, but that had little to do with Ryan and the otherworldly Jones. Freeman and/or rookie home-run hitter Tevin Coleman could thrive behind the upgraded O-line.”"

What’s preventing the Falcons being higher up the list is Devonta Freeman. And no, this isn’t a knock on Freeman whatsoever. The reason being is he has a lot to prove. Just about every name above the Falcons on this list has proven themselves in the NFL.

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Freeman will have an opportunity to shine in 2015, as will rookie Tevin Coleman. If either of the two gets rolling, the Falcons will have one of the most dangerous trios on offense in the entire league.

Top-10 quarterback? Check.

Elite wide receiver? Check.

Dominant running back? Not just yet, but the potential is there.

If either of the two backs live up to expectations in Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme, look out. When that day comes, the Atlanta Falcons will have a balanced offense dangerous enough to score points on any defense.

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