On paper, the Atlanta Falcons are filled with talented players across the board. However, for one reason or another, the talent on the roster hasn’t produced positive results on the field recently.
The Atlanta Falcons will enter the 2020 NFL season on the heels of back to back 7-9 seasons with ambitions to finally return to the postseason in 2020. However, when you play in a division that many consider the toughest in football, you need to see production from guys outside of your elite core of players
5. A.J. Terrell
AJ Terrell was selected number 16 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. The rookie from Clemson will face much scrutiny from Atlanta Falcons fans as both fans and experts believe the Atlanta Falcons reached to grab the guy they had their sights on from the get-go.
Many fans wanted the Falcons to either draft K’lavon Chaisson or trade down for more picks. Terrell is slated to be the direct replacement for Desmond Trufant, who will be released post-June 1st.
When playing in a division that feasts on playing through the air, Terrell is expected to play a big role in carrying this Falcons secondary. In 2019, the NFC South featured three of the NFL’s top 7 passing offenses. Carolina, who sat in the bottom half of the league, is expected to improve in the passing game with the addition of Teddy Bridgewater during the offseason.
Terrell will be tested with speed from the beginning as he will be tasked to play against Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf in week 1. Terrell could also be matched up against a number of top receivers before the Falcons bye week in week 10.