Atlanta Falcons: Ten ways team can be fixed in 2016
By Curtis Hobbs
3. A No. 2 receiver
When Julio Jones is on your team, it’s obvious that most of your offense will be centered around the star. But if that player is tripled-covered at all times, there must be someone else open on the other side of the field, right? One would assume, but, for Atlanta, that second option has been all but eliminated as the Roddy White, though great in his prime, is not the same threat as he was.
As a fan, we hate to see Julio’s talents choked away because another receiver doesn’t present a threat. And, though they took Justin Hardy last year in the draft, Hardy should be the slot receiver of the future for this team, but he will still need assistance from another receiver to stretch the field outside of Jones.
There’s no question about it, the most successful passing attacks are full of big-play wide receivers, and, much like what the Pittsburgh Steelers do, the Falcons must bring in another receiver that makes every defense worry about where the ball may be going.
The Falcons should take La’Quan Treadwell from Ole Miss if he’s available in the first round. And, though many would argue about this, he is exactly the type of receiver that the Falcons need. Either he or another receiver like him must be on this team by the time next season comes around if we want to see this team become the offensive firepower that is possible.
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