Atlanta Falcons: Top players from preseason loss to Jets
Winners: Adrian Clayborn, DE
Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Adrian Clayborn has flown under the radar for the Atlanta Falcons, but his talent is clear. How much Clayborn will be on the field in 2015 isn’t known at the moment, but you can expect him to wreak havoc on quarterbacks when he is in the game. On Friday we got a taste of just how good he could be when lined up alongside Vic Beasley.
On third-and-14, Clayborn along with Beasley destroyed the Jets’ offensive line in route to a sack for Clayborn. The sack resulted in a loss of nine yards and forced a punt. One thing the Falcons will need to do a good job of in 2015 is getting a good pass rush on third down. Time after time the Falcons allowed big gains on third down in 2014, something the team cannot afford to do in 2015. Clayborn will be a big part of that pass rush and is having a fantastic start to the 2015 season.