What should the Atlanta Falcons expect from Tyler Allgeier?
By Nick Halden
In what has been a confusing off-season the Atlanta Falcons have done a great job at finding potential impact players late in the draft and in the bargain aisles in free agency. One surprise impact player for the Falcons this season will be running back Tyler Allgeier.
Atlanta’s backfield will look different this season with Atlanta cutting Mike Davis and adding depth behind Cordarrelle Patterson. Depth behind Patterson is significant for Atlanta considering how often Patterson will be used at different positions.
The favorite to win the second running back role behind Patterson should be Allgeier. Tyler brings the dominating run style Atlanta was hoping Mike Davis would add last season. Instead, Davis failed to make an impact and became one of the biggest misses in free agency of the 2021 off-season.
Tyler Allgeier finished his final season in college with 1,601-rushing yards and 23-touchdowns in what was by far his best season. His skill set is going to perfectly translate to the next level he is the missing piece in the Atlanta backfield.
The one concern for Allgeier should be the offensive line in front of him. Jalen Mayfield and Kaleb McGary are heading into the season facing a lot of pressure. It wouldn’t be surprising to see either or both players lose their jobs.
If the Atlanta offensive line is able to play at the level they did last season or marginally improve, however, Allgeier will have an impact rookie season. Tyler will finish the year with more than 500-rushing yards and 4-touchdowns in a great rookie season.
The only downside of Allgeier’s game is the fact he isn’t an elite receiver. Unlike Williams or Patterson, Tyler will be limited as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Despite this Tyler will win the second running back role based on his physicality and the ability to run through would-be-tacklers a skill set the Falcons have lacked over the last four years.