Where do the Atlanta Falcons fit in all of this? Easy. Wherever the Saints are, the Falcons should be the next in line or shortly after. While the Falcons have the NFL’s best overall receiver, Michael Thomas isn’t too far down the list.
Where PFF fails here, they stated the Atlanta Falcons are at 13 because the team falls off after Calvin Ridley. However, almost all teams see a significant drop in talent after the second receiver. Russell Gage was proven he can see 90+ targets in a season and produce at a decent level for a third receiver.
Hurst will have a career season in all statistical categories. And are we ready to write off Todd Gurley? While he did have a considerable down season in 2019, this was also in part to running behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines.
Fans like to give Devonta Freeman a pass for his poor 2019 performance by way of our offensive line, but Gurley put up more yards on the ground, more first downs, and more scores all while running behind an offensive line that was very much worse than that of the Falcons.
Having a solid ground game will open up the passing game tremendously, and give the Atlanta Falcons five solid options in the passing game in 2020.