Five Falcons land on PFF’s top 101 players of 2021 season
With the conclusion of the NFL season, we can now look back on the Atlanta Falcons and the rest of the league’s season and examine what players stood out.
This is exactly what Pro Football Focus has done, with their rankings of the top 101 players from this past season. Surprisingly, there are actually quite a few players from the Falcons that land on this list, including one that may shock you.
Five Falcons players land on PFF’s top 101 players, including a shocking one
The Falcons had a pretty poor season, they were extremely inconsistent from game to game, despite that, they still had a few standout players, including a surprise free agent signing and an extremely talented rookie.
Starting with the highest-ranked player, that goes to A.J. Terrell, who played phenomenally throughout the year and can be considered the league’s best corner. On PFF’s list, he came in as the 47th best player this past season.
Many might find this too low of a ranking, and there is a serious argument to be made there. He was on a team that could not rush the passer if their life depended on it, but he still found a way to do his job at the highest level.
The next player is Chris Lindstrom, ranked at 55. Lindstrom had an amazing year but was also on one of the league’s worst offensive lines, this destroyed his chances of getting the credit he deserves.
Up next is Cordarrelle Patterson at 67. CP was a huge surprise to everyone, he originally was coming in to be a special team star and contribute in a limited role on offense, but he turned into one of the Falcons best players. Hopefully, this was not his only year in Atlanta.
The fourth Falcons player is rookie Kyle Pitts at 94. In contrast to Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Pitts was expected to be a star in his first season, and he certainly was. He will only continue to get better as he learns.
The last player on the entire list goes to an Atlanta Falcons player, and a player you may not expect to see. Matt Hennessy is ranked as the 101st best player in the league. This is shocking because many were calling for him to be benched, and he ended up being pulled at times later in the year. Hopefully, he will continue to get much better as the years go on.