The Sports Kings: Jamie’s Journal!
Hey Falcons: We Ready!!…We Ready??
Yes, Yes, Yes!!! The Collective Bargaining Agreement is almost in the bag, players are starting to file in, and Flowery Branch is opened for business. Are you indeed ready for some football? For the Atlanta Falcons this must have been an even more painful offseason in that the last game they played resulted in a 48-21 beat down at the hands of the eventual Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers. That loss stung in so many ways, so much so that the Falcons went to the offensive in the NFL draft by jumping up to the six spot to grab Alabama’s Julio Jones.
Jones is an explosive receiver who tested off the charts at the NFL Combine with his size, speed, and explosiveness. This was definitely a choice to bolster the Falcon offense.
However, as we look back at the Packers’ game the score was indicative of needing defensive help, particularly at the defensive end position opposite of John Abraham.
The pick of Jones resulted in the Falcons giving up several future draft choices sighting the need to win now…
To make this pick justified Atlanta must address the defensive holes in free agency. Just the make up of the offensive coaching philosophies and the history of rookie wide receivers’ making an impact, if the Falcons plan on hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season the Jones pick has to be foot in the pool, a major free agent will be the splash!!