The Falcons cliché counts for your senses’ ultimate assault on the Patriots

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Snap counts! They are worth watching even when virtually nothing in the game they correspond to was worth watching.

Offense

Jake Matthews: 54

Jalen Mayfield: 54

Matt Hennessy: 54

Chris Lindstrom: 54

Kaleb McGary: 54

Matt Ryan: 50

Kyle Pitts: 44

Russell Gage: 40

Tajae Sharpe: 37

Qadree Ollison: 26

Mike Davis: 26

Olamides Zacchaeus: 25

Lee Smith: 22

Keith Smith: 19

Marvin room: 12

Parker Hesse: 11

Frank Darby: 6

Josh Rosen: 3

Wayne Gallman: 2

Felipe Franks: 1


Nothing good to report here, honestly.

The offensive line has been in free fall for the past two weeks against tough opponents, making you wonder if the progress they seemed to be showing at the start of the year is illusory or just incomplete. I can’t imagine the team getting things done this late in the year, unless it’s to squeeze Matt Gono into the roster when he returns, but if that line can’t effectively block their carriers from ball and they can’t protect Matt Ryan, the status quo seems untenable unless the team is prepared to throw in the towel on the year. Judging by their rhetoric, at least they’re not.

Qadree Ollison getting the same number of shots as Mike Davis and more touches is seen as a surprise, and the duo relegated Wayne Gallman to two shots. This group of running backs is impossible to determine on a weekly basis, but Davis will continue to work as a receiver and blocker even if he doesn’t shoot the ball. It remains to be seen if Ollison has shown enough on an impressive pair of races to get promoted to the list, but I support him.

As expected, the Falcons weren’t able to throw much of a passing game into this one as Ryan scuffled, the line steadily collapsed and the team struggled to open a much of anyone consistently. The Patriots knocked out Pitts for most of the game and the team’s “starting” receiving line (Gage, Sharpe and Zaccheaus) combined for 10 catches and 93 yards. All three are support elements capable of a high powered passing attack, but haven’t been able to function as primary receivers for a brawl, which isn’t exactly a shock. I would love to see a little more Frank Darby, even though I don’t hold my breath to make a huge difference.

Felipe Franks got a snap and threw an interception. This man is deeply cursed.

Defense

Duron Harmon: 64

Fabien Moreau: 64

AJ Terrell: 62

Deion Jones: 62

Foye Oluokun: 62

Erik Harris: 59

Grady Jarrett: 43

Dante Fowler: 38

Brandon Copeland: 34

Mike Pennel: 33

Anthony Rush: 30

James Vaughters: 28

Ade Ogundeji: 27

Ta’Quon Graham: 27

Richie Grant: 24

Jon Bullard: 21

Darren Room: 14

Mykal Walker: 6

Shawn Williams: 5

Emmanuel Ellerbee: 2


Something clicked this week. The Patriots had 308 yards, but they had the ball for five full minutes longer than the hapless Falcons and were able to keep the Patriots 25 points (13 in the first three quarters) despite it s act as an entirely unilateral effort.

I would point out that Dean Pees seems to have dug deep into his bag and concocted a few effective plays and in particular some blitzes, but the Falcons also seem to have found some useful players in Mike Pennel and Anthony Rush, as well as important roles for Jon Bullard and the rookie Ta’Quon Graham. The result up front was uneven – it’s still uneven – but it’s a group that manages some nice stoppages between the chaos.

Vaughters continues to slash outside linebackers’ turn-time dramatically, with him and Brandon Copeland becoming bigger pieces of the puzzle by the week as Ogundeji’s playing time drops a bit. None of them have consistent success as smugglers and Ogundeji’s development should be the top priority, but Vaughters has at least had his moments.

It was nice to see the rookies running in the secondary as well. Darren Hall has now had highlights in every game he’s been on special teams and defense and is a player the Falcons need to retain a role for, while Richie Grant has struggled a bit but remains a player who ‘Atlanta must build and must continue to find playing time for.

The most important thing the Falcons can do this year is head into 2022 with a better idea of ​​who will contribute for them in the future. If Ogundeji, Hall, Grant and Graham all end up being contributors and at least two of those guys end up being legitimate starters, that makes what currently looks like a dreaded defensive rebuild a little easier and simpler. In the meantime, they may well play a better defense, as they did against New England.

Special teams

Richie Grant: 22

Mykal Walker: 22

Brandon Copeland: 17

Shawn Williams: 17

Avery Williams: 17

Keith Smith: 16

Olamides Zacchaeus: 15

Ade Ogundeji: 15

Frank Darby: 12

Emmanuel Ellerbee: 11

Felipe Franks: 8

James Vaughters: 7

Dustin Colquitt: 7

Josh Harris: 7

AJ Terrell: 6

Parker Hesse: 6

Anthony Rush: 6

Ta’Quon Graham: 6

Duron Harmon: 5

Qadree Ollison: 5

Darren Room: 5

Jon Bullard: 4

Chris Williamson: 4

Younghoe Koo: 3

Colby Gossett: 2

Drew Dalman: 2

Jason Spriggs: 2

Chris Lindstrom: 2

Jake Matthews: 2

Jalen Mayfield: 2

Kaleb McGary: 2

Lee Smith: 2

Grady Jarrett: 2

Erik Harris: 1

Marvin room: 1

Wayne Gallman: 1


Some interesting observations here. The first is that Avery Williams stepped straight into the kick returner role with Cordarrelle Patterson and looked dangerous enough to do so, even though the block didn’t cooperate for him. Williams saw his role in defense entirely this week after a tough game against Dallas, which was maybe so he could focus on his comeback, but maybe also to give Richie Grant and Darren more time. Lobby. I legitimately can’t wait to see what Williams can do with the two returning roles in 2022.

The second observation is that the team is quietly finding more special-team shots for Felipe Franks, which remains my favorite riddle of the 2021 season. Where is it all going? We’ll see.



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