Additional Atlanta Falcons Info
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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.