4. Will Atlanta finally add depth at receiver and tight end?
Matt Ryan spent his final season with the Atlanta Falcons with Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe as his primary receivers. Marcus Mariota had a huge improvement with Drake London but had very little behind the rookie receiver. In both of Arthur Smith’s first two seasons, the team has clearly lacked any reliable depth at the receiver and tight end positions.
Atlanta needs to add a second option behind Kyle Pitts and at least two reliable threats behind Drake London. Olamide Zaccheaus is a free agent leaving Atlanta’s current second option as Frank Darby. It would be surprising if the Falcons are serious about building around Ridder not to see the team address the position both in free agency and the draft.
Atlanta doesn’t have to add a highly paid player at either position simply affordable depth pieces capable of making an impact. Something the team has lacked for two seasons now and has clearly hurt the offense and production from the quarterback position.