Atlanta Falcons add some reinforcements to its secondary
If you are going to lose a player, then you can only hope that you can also add a player and that is the case for the Atlanta Falcons this week.
You have probably heard a million times by now that Cordarrelle Patterson was placed on the injured reserve and while that is bad news, the good news is that the team has added a player to their roster from the injured reserve.
The Falcons will get some help in a secondary that seems to only be getting better as the season progresses.
CB Isaiah Oliver is making his return for the Atlanta Falcons
Isaiah Oliver’s career with the Atlanta Falcons started out pretty poorly as he was expected to be one of the team’s starting outside corners. It took the former Falcons’ coaches quite a while to realize that he needed a position switch.
He was moved to the slot cornerback position that has become a necessary position for every NFL team with the league being so pass-happy.
Oliver clearly fit the role a whole lot better as he instantly became a solid performer for the first time in his NFL career. Fast forward to the start of last year when he entered the year as the starting slot corner. He played pretty dang well up until his bad knee injury against the New York Giants in week three.
It takes a long time to recover from a torn ACL, but nowadays players are usually able to get back to their old ways. Oliver’s return should give this team even more depth in the secondary and possibly a difference maker.
A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward are the two outside corners for the team, Mike Ford has played well, Darren Hall has made visible strides in year two, and then Dee Alford snagged the game-winning interception on Sunday.
Throw Isaiah Oliver in and this is actually a pretty deep cornerback group for the Atlanta Falcons. Fortunately, Isaiah will not be expected to carry this team and can instead ease his way into it as he gets his feet under him.
The backend of the defense should be the least of this team’s problems going forward — when was the last time we could say that?