The Atlanta Falcons are headed into the season with Mike Davis as their starting running back. The team has little depth at the position behind Davis and certainly has plenty of options left in free agency.
When the Atlanta Falcons signed Mike Davis there was a lot of optimism for an Atlanta run game who appears to have their first legitimate starter at the position in three years. Davis is a great addition and the unquestioned starter in the Atlanta offense.
However, there is cause for concern when it comes to depth behind Davis. Currently, Cordarrelle Patterson and Qadree Ollison are listed as the second and third backs respectively.
Neither player is a legitimate backup and the Atlanta Falcons should make a move to shore up the position before the season begins.
Ollison is a good depth piece or an occasional change of pace back. He isn’t a backup running back or capable of stepping in if Davis were to be injured.
Patterson was a great off-season addition and will be an impact player for this offense. However, if you are at all familiar with Patterson’s game you know he is best used as a utility player not as a second running back.
While he may spend some time in the backfield he is best used as a weapon who plays from all different positions. Atlanta needs a second running option whose one job is to provide Davis rest and back him up in case of injury. With a myriad of options on the free-agent market, Atlanta has more than enough options. Here are the five they should consider