3 underrated Atlanta Falcons from week four loss to Washington

Nick Halden
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 03: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons walks off the field after a loss to the Washington Football Team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 03: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons walks off the field after a loss to the Washington Football Team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 03: Center Matt Hennessy #61 of the Atlanta Falcons waits to snap the ball in the first half against the Washington Football Team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 03: Center Matt Hennessy #61 of the Atlanta Falcons waits to snap the ball in the first half against the Washington Football Team at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

1. Wayne Gallman contributed in a limited role

It was about time Atlanta gave Wayne Gallman a chance to impact the run game. Signing him only to list him as inactive with only two running backs on their roster was head-scratching. Gallman averaged 4.8-yards-per-carry in six chances from the Atlanta backfield.

In a small sample size, he looked as if he could give Atlanta a boost. Gallman had success with the Giants and should get plenty of chances with Mike Davis struggling and Cordarrelle Patterson doing everything but play quarterback.

Gallman is a depth piece who came into this game as a non-impact player. His contributions were unexpected and one of the few positives from this game.

Atlanta will likely continue to give Gallman chances if they refuse to add depth behind Davis and Patterson. Gallman was Atlanta’s second-best rusher behind Patterson for a rushing offense that looks only marginally better from last season.

Gallman and Patterson both should continue to get more carries for a team that is going to have to hold the ball to win any games. Their defense is not going to stop anyone we have seen that with Taylor Heinicke and Jalen Hurts both lighting them up. Atlanta needs all the help they can get and Sunday it came in the form of Wayne Gallman.

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