Predicting Atlanta Falcons 2021 season offensive awards
If the Atlanta Falcons want to compete for a playoff spot in 2021, it needs to run on the same formula they did in 2016, offense.
The Atlanta Falcons offense has the most talent and is the most complete faucet of the team.
With some good veterans, a smart play-caller, and some extremely exciting rookies, the Falcons could rely exclusively on the offense. The stars will need to step up, as well as the depth guys. Think about the 2016 offense, you had a guy like Taylor Gabriel who played extremely well with the Falcons. Something similar to that needs to happen.
This is the prediction for the 2021 Atlanta Falcons offensive superlatives:
Offensive MVP: Kyle Pitts
The rookie MVP is also the offensive MVP for the Falcons, though this award came down to two Atlanta Falcons stars – Calvin Ridley or Kyle Pitts.
The deciding factor was the fact that the Atlanta Falcons lost Julio Jones, who was so important to the offense because of his physicality. Kyle Pitts must make up for that, which he certainly can.
Kyle Pitts will need to come up clutch in the red zone for Matt Ryan, if he can it will open so many things for the rest of the Falcons receiving core. He is the key to the offense this upcoming season.
Offensive surprise: Kaleb McGary
The Atlanta Falcons are thin on the offensive line, if they can get a guy like Kaleb McGary to take a huge step up it would be huge!
McGary certainly took a step up in his run blocking, but his pass protection has been a huge weak spot for the front line. It has costed the Falcons in numerous games.
There is hope for Kaleb McGary, however. He is only entering his third year in the league and playing the tackle position in the NFL is so difficult. He may just need the time to learn and grow with the game.
Look at Garett Bolles in Denver. He was one of the worst right tackles in the league for a few years, but out of nowhere last season, Bolles broke out and became one of the premier tackles in the entire league.
There is still hope for the big man on the right side.
Offensive disappointment: Olamide Zaccheaus
This one is painful to put, but there is the reasoning for it. It was either between Russell Gage, Mike Davis, or Olamide Zaccheaus.
It feels as though Atlanta Falcons fans have high hopes for this young receiver and he certainly has shown the potential every once in a while but put a halt on expecting him to break out in a big way.
He needs to stay healthy, and honestly, the Falcons need him more than ever for this next season.
Zaccheaus has caught some long balls in his career, but he has also had games where he is next to ineffective. He is a small guy, so he really is limited to the slot where he has more space to get open with his quickness.
Hopefully, Zaccheaus will play like a lot of fans think he can, but it is wise to temper your expectations for him, he needs to show consistency.
Most underappreciated: Matt Ryan
Perhaps there are few players in the entire league that is more unfairly disrespected than Atlanta Falcons QB, Matt Ryan.
Ryan would have been an easy pick for the MVP of the offense, but it is more fun to go with Kyle Pitts. Matt Ryan continues to go out there and perform. When the team loses it rarely has to do with Ryan. He has had horrible play calling for the past few years but has done what he can with it.
You know in all likelihood you will get a full season out of Matty Ice, as he is one of the most reliable players in the entire league. Hopefully, one day people will realize how great he has been his entire career.
Under the radar performer: Cordarrelle Patterson
Whatever position the Atlanta Falcons line Cordarrelle Patterson up at, it does not matter, defenses should watch out.
If you think the Falcons signed Patterson just for a spark in special teams, you are wrong. He can perform on the offensive side of the ball. Many seem to forget his presence on the Falcons roster.
He can line up in the backfield, out wide, or in the slot. He has the ability to take a short pass to the house with his blazing speed.