With the NFL depending more and more upon a passing game, it’s refreshing to come across a player who still has the old-school running back “Three yards and a cloud of dust” mentality. Fortunately for the Falcons, their running back Michael Turner exemplifies that state of mind.
While Julio Jones may be getting most of the press as Matt Ryan’s favorite deep threat, Roddy White has been, and still remains, one of the best offensive weapons for the Falcons.
On April 25, 2012, the Atlanta Falcons acquired Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles, trading a 2012 seventh-round draft pick for the cornerback. In his first game as a Falcon, Samuel recorded three tackles. With the loss of Atlanta’s other Pro Bowl cornerback, Brent Grimes, Samuel will be expected to keep the defense strong as Grimes recovers from a torn Achilles tendon.
Selected by the Falcons third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, expectations were high for the former Boston College Eagle quarterback. With a college record of 25-7, the Falcons were hoping the 2007 ACC Player of the Year would continue his winning ways for Atlanta after the disastrous 4-12 2007 campaign. Ryan didn’t disappoint.