3 Atlanta Falcons that must deliver week one against the Saints
By Nick Halden
2. Grady Jarrett and the new Atlanta Falcons pass rush
The second biggest key to the Atlanta Falcons winning this game is making Jameis Winston uncomfortable and forcing him to make the poor decisions he consistently did with Tampa Bay. If things aren’t going perfectly for Winston the quarterback is going to force the ball down the field. While this does result in big plays it also ends with consistent turnovers that ended Winston’s time with the Bucs.
Grady Jarrett appears to have more help than he did all of last season with young pass rushers and interior help being added in the off-season. Jarrett and Atlanta’s pass rushers need to consistently get pressure on Winston even if they aren’t getting home it will change the game drastically for a quarterback who has proven poor decision-making when under fire.
Arnold Ebiketie and Lorenzo Carter are two names to watch closely as Atlanta’s new pass rushers and players are more than capable of tilting this game with one big play. For Grady Jarrett, this game is simply about playing at the same level he has throughout his career causing problems in the interior and demanding a double team giving Atlanta’s new additions a great chance to win their matchups.