Atlanta Falcons remaining surprisingly healthy heading into week four
By Nick Halden
While the Atlanta Falcons starting the season 1-2 is far from ideal the one thing Atlanta has been fortunate with so far this season is injuries. Heading into the season the team lost Deion Jones and Isaiah Oliver, however, both players had pre-existing injuries that left them both as question marks heading into the season.
Atlanta’s only notable injury this season was to backup running back Damien Williams who has been placed on IR and replaced by rookie running back Tyler Allgeier. While most of the league is fighting high impact injuries on both sides of the ball Atlanta has managed to remain healthy and keep their impact players on the field as we are nearly through a quarter of the season.
Despite playing a very physical run game early on this season Marcus Mariota and Cordarrelle Patterson have both stayed healthy so far. Atlanta has made an effort to lessen the hits that Mariota is willingly taking and giving Patterson more rest throughout the week.
Marcus Mariota has had a history of injury issues but having learned from his time with the Raiders is picking his spots to run and not taking the hits he did in the first week of the preseason or in week one of the regular season.
While this hurt Mariota in week two it worked well in week three making the defense step up and opening up easier throws for the Atlanta quarterback. Defensively Atlanta has remained intact as well while still expecting the aforementioned Oliver and Jones to both rejoin the team at some point this season.
Oliver should slowly step into the slot corner role he filled last season giving the Falcons the best group of corners they have had over the last five seasons. Jones remains a mystery but at his best can certainly add a boost to a struggling but healthy Atlanta Falcons defense.