Atlanta Falcons: Players to watch for during the 2017 season

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 22: Ricardo Allen (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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If the Falcons are to remain on top of the NFC, these players will be a big reason why.

Good news, Atlanta Falcons fans. The 2017 season is officially upon us.

That means the time to put our money where our mouth is has finally arrived and our beloved Falcons can right their wrongs from a year ago. However, in order to do so, several supporting cast members must elevate their game to the next level.

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If that takes place, the Atlanta Falcons are positioned to become the next great dynasty in the NFL. So, without further ado, here are the Falcons to watch for during the 2017 season.

1. Wes Schweitzer

Assuming Wes Schweitzer prevails in the right guard battle, his play could go a long way in determining the offensive line’s future. Schweitzer turns 24 on September 11 (coincidentally the same birthday as Dan Quinn), which is still considered the infancy stage of one’s career. If the 2016 sixth round pick can perform at a Chris Chester-like level, the Falcons would have a cost effective player with upside for the next three seasons.

On the flip side, Schweitzer failing to man the right guard spot would result in the Falcons reassessing the position in 2018. That, in addition to the team looking for future replacements for Andy Levitre and even the 32-year old Alex Mack, spells deja vu for the Falcons.