The year that the Falcons’ fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier has had has been nothing short of impressive. During a year when some think the Falcons overachieved, Allgeier has been the team’s most impressive player.
He started the season inactive and all he did was go on to break the Falcons’ rookie rushing record and become the leading rusher on a team that had one of the NFL’s three-best rushing games.
Tyler Allgeier should be considered the Falcons’ most impressive player
Really think about it, the Falcons designated Tyler Allgeier as one of the team’s five inactive players in their week one matchup against the Saints. And what did he do? He progressively got better and better each week as he overtook Cordarrelle Patterson—who has been a star in his own right—as the leading rusher of one of the best running games in the NFL.
A fifth-round pick who played linebacker and worked at Walmart to start his college career at BYU just broke Atlanta’s franchise record that was held by William Andrews.
William Andrews, back in 1979, rushed for 1,023 yards as a rookie. Allgeier just broke that as he gashed the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 135 yards, ending his first season with 1,035 yards on the ground.
Oh, and the 2022 rookie did it in 29 fewer carries… William Andrews was a monster in his day and one of the best players in franchise history. That is what we call impressive.
Something else that people overlook is that Tyler did all this without fumbling the ball a single time. Ball security is vastly important, just ask Alvin Kamara halfway through this season.
Not to mention, through the first handful of games, Cordarrelle Patterson was one of the league’s leading rushers. Unfortunately, CP ended up suffering an injury and by the time he could come back, Allgeier was running through defenses to a point where Arthur Smith had no choice but to keep playing the rookie.
When you take into account everything, Tyler Allgeier has been the most impressive player for the Atlanta Falcons this year. No doubt about it.