The NFL’s free agency period has slowed down quite a bit, and rightfully so. Training camp is just around the corner and soon enough, football is back. The Atlanta Falcons were not terribly busy this offseason but they did however bring in some new players. Lets take a look at some of the new additions and see how they figure into the Falcons plans.
Vic Beasley LB/DE
Beasley was selected in the first round, 8th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Beasley figures to bring a edge rush presence for the Falcons. In 2014, the Falcons had just 22 sacks which isn’t putting much pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Brooks Reed comes to the Falcons on a five year, $22 million deal from the Houston Texans. During his four years in Houston, Reed accumulated 14.5 sacks and 169 total tackles in 69 games. Reed, originally a 2nd round pick out of Arizona in the 2011 draft figures to start for the Falcons at strong side linebacker.
Tevin Coleman RB
Coleman enters a backfield with no clear cut starter. After lighting up the NCAA on the ground for Indiana, Atlanta chose Coleman with the 73rd pick in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft. At 6’1 210 pounds, Coleman possesses a great balance of size and speed and has the ability to play on all three downs on offense. He’ll battle for playing time with 2014 4th round pick Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith. The Falcons released former All-Pro running back Steven Jackson this offseason.
Justin Durant LB
Justin Durant has been around the league for quite some time and is a proven steady veteran. He played his first four years in the NFL with the Lions followed by two year stints with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. For his career, Durant has compiled 516 total tackles but just 3.5 sacks in 95 career games. At age 29, Durant figures to start at weak side linebacker but 24 year old Joplo Bartu might not be ready to give up his starting role so soon.
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