4 Atlanta Falcons that must step up for the team in week three
By Nick Halden
2. Arnold Ebiketie
Atlanta’s rookie pass rusher had a great first week of the season registering consistent pressure and getting his first sack of the season. Ebiketie and the rest of the Atlanta pass rush that terrorized Winston in week one completely disappeared. Whether it was the lack of blitz calls or simply the Rams offensive line responding to their week one challenge Atlanta’s pass rush looked completely different.
If the Falcons are going to find an elite pass rusher this season it is going to be rookie Ebiketie. Atlanta badly needs him to return to the player he was in week one winning his matchups and forcing Geno Smith to make poor decisions.
The Seahawks line is far from solid and should give the Falcons a consistent chance to make life difficult for a quarterback who is yet to put together a great passing performance this season. Geno is a player who is going to make mistakes when you pressure him and the Falcons have to have Ebiketie winning his matchups for that to happen.