It has been a rough ride for the Atlanta Falcons through the first couple of weeks of the NFL season. They currently sit as the only NFC South team to not win a game and one of seven teams in the league to not have a win.
Hopefully, this will change as they head up to take on the New York Giants.
Though the season has mostly been filled with negativity, – as it is hard not to focus on the awful play of a few players – we will look at the top ten players through the first two weeks of the season.
Falcon’s top ten players so far, starting with the improved play of vital player:
10) Dante Fowler Jr. (OLB)
To say the first year of Dante Fowler’s contract with the Falcons was simply horrendous would be an understatement, but the good news is that he is playing better already this season.
You may think that most of the reason for Fowler being on this list is due to one singular play – his strip-sack of Tom Brady – but he actually has played more consistently so far. He is a player Atlanta needs to make an impact in the biggest way, and if he continues to improve it could actually result in a big year for him.
Fans will get off his back if he starts consistently getting to the quarterback like he was paid to do.
9) Avery Williams (PR)
If you have not been impressed with the Falcon’s new punt returner, then you have not been paying attention.
Coming out of Boise State he was known as an excellent and very versatile special teamer. So far with the Falcons, he has continued that trend.
The thing that has been so shocking when watching Williams is how much defenders struggle to get him on the ground. The little guy has a surprising amount of power in him.
While he has not gotten too many opportunities, he has seemingly broken numerous tackles on each return. Bright things are ahead for the young player.
8) Deion Jones (LB)
Debo has proven his worth for Atlanta year in, and year out. What he does for this defense can never be quantified.
Dean Pees probably appreciates him more than anyone on the earth. Deion allows Pees to do things with the defense that other teams simply cannot do, including relying on him to blitz Tom Brady quickly on a pivotal play in the game.
No linebacker closes with the speed that Jones does, he is the flashiest linebacker in the NFL and there is no doubt about that.