Lost in the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback decisions and frustrations defensively have been just how great of a rookie season running back Tyler Allgeier is having. The rookie is currently Atlanta’s leading rusher with 604-rushing yards on the season and 87-receiving yards.
Allgeier’s success is going underrated both due to the Atlanta Falcons’ record and the degree of difficulty not being considered. Watching back Atlanta’s games this season teams are often daring Mariota to put the ball in the air. Allgeier has benefitted from Arthur Smith’s blocking schemes and a run-heavy offense, however, he is often being handed the ball with a loaded defensive box that knows Atlanta is running the football. Despite the entire defense knowing what is about to happen Allgeier finds a way to push the pile or make a defender miss consistently.
Allgeier runs with a ferocity and finish that helped set the tone for the Atlanta offense and allowed them to find what success they had early in the season. Allgeier has been given a heavier load this season as well after going into game one behind Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams on the depth chart.
Williams quickly suffered an injury that would essentially end his season with the Falcons. Patterson remains Atlanta’s starting running back but has had limited touches due to both an injury and an effort to keep the star utility player healthy.
Allgeier has continually improved and impressed deeper into the season punishing defenses and arguably has become the most consistent aspect of the Atlanta offense. Allgeier’s rookie season might be forgettable for the Falcons as an organization, however, there is no question they have found the perfect fit for Arthur Smith’s offense in Allgeier and now have a running game that will wreak havoc if Atlanta ever finds an answer at the quarterback position.