Atlanta Falcons: 2017 breakout candidate Grady Jarrett
After a strong showing in the post season is defensive tackle Grady Jarrett ready to break out for the Atlanta Falcons in 2017?
The Atlanta Falcons came up short in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, but one player made his mark even in defeat. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has four career sacks in two seasons, but recorded three in the championship game to tie a Super Bowl record.
He’s a talented player, but the performance was still a surprise to most as Garret tied his total for the entire season with that game. The question now becomes whether or not he can spring board his moment in the sun into becoming a force on the line for the Falcons moving forward.
Career Tackles: 72
Career Sacks: 4
Jarrett is the son of Falcons great Jessie Tuggle. The linebacker holds the record for most tackles in Falcons’ history with 1,809 for his career. He also had another son in the league as Justin Tuggle played for the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns, but is currently a free agent.
The defensive tackle was taken in the fifth-round out of Clemson after recording 144 tackles and 5.5 sacks for the Tigers. He had 28.5 career tackles for a loss as well.
Outlook for 2017
With the addition of Dontari Poe in the offseason, Jarrett could be in line to start next to a dominate space eating nose tackle, which could free him up even more to use his surprising athleticism to get after opposing quarterbacks. With even less attention on him, Jarrett could really thrive like he did in the Super Bowl.
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He’s taken head coach Dan Quinn’s coaching very well and is a great fit in the Falcons’ system. Get to know the name, because he could very well become a household name in 2017 if he can continue to make the strides he has thus far in his career.