Did the Atlanta Falcons rebuild or reload this off-season?

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In an off-season that saw the Atlanta Falcons add depth and starters at much needed positions, the question to ask is simple – Did the Falcons rebuild or reload this off-season?

By now every Atlanta Falcons fan knows the names of the key guys brought in this off-season: James Carpenter, Tyeler Davison, Adrian Clayborn, Ra’Shede Hageman, Kenjon Burner and of course your 2019 NFL first round picks Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary.

Dirk Koetter comes back to Atlanta for the second time during the Matt Ryan era with the hope that they can replicate the initial success that this franchise had the first time they were paired together, which included a 13-3 season and NFC championship game birth.

The question of rebuilding or reloading question was initially asked of Gregg Rosenthal and for him it was a simple answer – reload.

There is no doubt that the Falcons did reload, hell, there are a ton of great pieces here and should this team not get hit with the injury bug like they did in 2018, the year will be a special one. The expectations from the top down are heavy; owner Arthur Blank expects this franchise to be playing a Super Bowl title for the second time under his leadership. The hope is that this team added enough depth that it can overcome any injuries that are sure to be sustained during the grind of the NFL regular season.

The good news with those expectations is that this team is built for them. Top five quarterback, top two wide receiver, best cover linebacker in the National Football League, five first round picks across the offensive line and a roster that has the potential to put seven players on the pro-bowl and all-pro rosters says this team is built to win now.

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With 114 days left until kickoff, there is still time for this roster to get even better.  As we all know, the proof is in the results.