Good morning, Falcons fans. It’s the weekend at last, so let’s dive straight into the news and links from the world of the Atlanta Falcons.
Can Matt Ryan improve under Kyle Shanahan? — John Buhler of ATL All Day
"Ryan has surpassed Steve Bartkowski as the Falcons franchise leader in most statistical passing categories, all before his 30th birthday. It’s not hard to argue that Matt Ryan is an elite NFL passer. But can he still find ways to improve now under new Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan this season?"
Beasley, Collins and Coleman could all start — Vaughn McClure of ESPN
"Beasley was the eighth overall pick in the draft, so he’s supposed to be a major contributor based on draft status alone. He’s already displayed his outstanding speed off the edge as well as his overall athleticism. However, there is one obstacle Beasley needs to overcome before becoming a fixture in the lineup."
5 reasons the Falcons won’t make the playoffs — Nick Ziegler of NFL Spin Zone
"In 2013, the Falcons were one of the worst teams in the NFL with a 4-12 record, which was a massive drop from their 13-3 season in 2012. Last season, the Falcons improved slight in the weak NFC South with a 6-10 record, but it was still a big letdown."
Which position is weakest for Falcons? — Jeanna Thomas of The Falcoholic
"Considering that the Falcons won just ten games over the course of the previous two seasons, it’s important to understand that no matter how successful this year’s draft and free agency efforts were, this roster still has some holes. Which position group is still the weakest as the Falcons look toward the season? Our writers had pretty varied perspectives on this topic."