Three young Atlanta Falcons that should see more playing time immediately
The Atlanta Falcons should turn their attention to the young guys on the roster.
Now that the Atlanta Falcons have officially been eliminated from the 2020 NFL playoffs, it is time to that they start looking at the future and start to determine who can help them turn this ship around.
Obviously, veterans like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Grady Jarrett, and Deion Jones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon but what about several other young players on this roster? If the next regime is going to fully evaluate the men on this roster, they should at least have some sort of film.
Yes, we get it – interim head coach Raheem Morris is under no obligation to do anything but try to win as many games as he can in order to make his next employer trust that he can do the job that he will be hired to do.
Here are three young players that we would like to see over the Atlanta Falcons final three games.
By no means am I ever going to say that I know more about football than any NFL coach, but it sure seems like coming out of college Qadree Ollison was more capable of anything that he is allowed to show here in Atlanta.
So far in 2020, he has just one carry for three yards.
You would think that a player that was more effective in the short-yardage situation than Leonard Fournette in 2019 would get a better look given that Todd Gurley, Ito Smith, and Brian Hill have not been all that effective in the Falcons run game.
Over the next three games, Ollison should be given an opportunity to show that he can add elements to both the passing and run games and he deserves to be more than inactive on Sundays.
Matt Gono was exceptional on Sunday against Joey Bosa – he held one of the league’s best pass rushers to three tackles and no sacks or tackles for loss.
Coming into the season, we wrote several articles about Gono getting a legit look at left guard for the Atlanta Falcons and probably should have gotten more of a chance given how well he played on Sunday.
He seems to have it all – size, hands, footwork and he finally looks comfortable against NFL competition.
The Falcons should be in no rush to hurry Kaleb McGary back if Matt Gono is going to continue to play the way that he did on Sunday. He was far from perfect but he held is own in LA and should get more opportunities over these last three weeks.
The second-year man out of Charleston has played very well as a backup in the 10 games that he has appeared in during the 2020 NFL season. John Cominsky isn’t a starter, yet, but as the NFL game has slowed down for him, he has become a very good backup and should start to push for more playing time alongside Grady Jarrett.
The former quarterback turned defensive lineman was a project when the Atlanta Falcons took a chance on him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, but he has paid off quickly and could be a great piece for the next several years as the Atlanta Falcons look to turn things around.
If the next staff determines that he is not in their plans, the Falcons should be able to at least flip him for a draft pick as he continues his NFL development – though we would love to see him stay in Atlanta.