Atlanta Falcons name 3 offensive, 2 defensive players as team captains
The Atlanta Falcons are less than a week away from their first regular-season game and they have just announced their team captains for the year.
Interestingly enough, the Falcons have decided to have five players be season-long captains and have one game by game captain announced each week.
The Atlanta Falcons have chosen their five captains for the season.
The five Falcons include three offensive players – Matt Ryan, Calvin Ridley, and Jake Matthews – and two defensive players – Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones – as the team’s season captains.
There is not much of a surprise in this group. These are the five veteran stars that the Falcons currently have, they also have shown to be excellent teammates.
The departure of Julio Jones has opened a spot for Calvin Ridley to step up in a big way. It shows the trust the team has in Ridley. He will without a doubt be the leading target for Matt Ryan. It is awesome to see him as one of the team captains.
Matt Ryan, out of all of these guys, is the least surprising. He has been the team’s most vocal leader every year, thus earning him the “C” patch on his jersey every year.
Jake Matthews is the Falcon’s most consistent offensive lineman. All the shuffling that has happened for the team’s line, Jake Matthews is the one guy you do not worry about.
On the defensive side of the ball, Grady Jarrett and Deion Jones are easily the two best defenders the Falcons have.
Jarrett continues to dominate without much help around him. Hopefully, that will change this season with Dean Pees. While Deion Jones has been the biggest playmaking linebacker in the entire NFL since he was taken in the second round.
The Atlanta Falcons have a solid group of captains. All five of these guys have been the most consistent performers on the club since they have entered the league. They are tasked with helping to change the culture around the building as the season progresses. Hopefully, their leadership will lead to more wins this season!