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Falcons Look to Improve in 2022
In 2021, the Falcons finished the season with a 7-10 overall record. This NFC South team did not make the playoffs. With Matt Ryan as the team's starter again in 2022, where will the team look to improve? With the salary cap looming over the Falcons, there are little hopes for big numbers of additional free agent signings. The team already has a large number of free agents on the roster. At quarterback, Josh Rosen looks to be on the bubble. This 2018, first round draft pick was working towards the back up spot behind Ryan. Feleipe Franks may be the back up QB "keeper" for the Falcons, so Rosen may be on the way out.
Cordarrelle Patterson had an outstanding year in Atlanta. He made hints towards sticking around, but there are teams in the league that may offer him big money. Calvin Ridley will be sitting out the entire 2022 season. He's spent four seasons with the Falcons, but ran into some trouble involving betting on NFL games. That means Russell Gage may be moving up a few roster spots and sticking around. Christian Blake may have played his last game in a Falcons uniform. Kyle Pitts at tight end means Hayden Hurst will more than likely move on. Finally, Foyesade Oluokun is a "must sign" free agent. He's proven his worth at linebacker and lead the NFL in tackles.
Falcons Football History
The Atlanta Falcons entered 2017 trying to forget the Super Bowl meltdown from the previous year. They started the season winning their first three games, but then gave up three victories in a row. From there, they went 7-3 and wound up with a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. They defeated the Rams on Wild Card weekend before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round. So what did they do this offseason to maintain the momentum?
The first move they made was to extended placekicker Matt Bryant for three more years. Next, they signed cornerback Leon McFadden to a one-year contract extension. Their “big” move in free agency was cornerback Justin Bethel. They also added offensive lineman Brandon Fusco and tight end Logan Paulson. Other than that, a very quiet free agency period for the Falcons.
By the time they were done wheeling and dealing, the Falcons ended up with just six selections in the 2018 NFL draft. In round one the replenished their receiving corps with Calvin Ridley from Alabama. In round two they went cornerback with Isaiah Oliver from Colorado. In round three they added depth to their defensive line with tackle DeAndre Senat from South Florida, a man with a high motor who will get playing time early. In round four they added depth behind their All-Pro running back tandem with Ito Smith from Southern Mississippi. With their last two selections they went wide receiver Russell Gage from LSU and safety Foyesade Oluokun from Yale. The Falcons are maybe the NFL’s most popular team at the moment, so it is very important to the league that this team is successful once again in 2018.