Atlanta Falcons Breakdown Day 4: Defensive Secondary/Special Teams

-Matt Magill

2.2.17

Secondary Personnel: (2016 Stats)

Starters –

Pos. Name Tackles Sacks PDef Interceptions FF FR
CB Robert Alford 61 0 19 2- 1 TD 0 0
CB Jalen Collins 31 0 10 2 0 0
S Ricardo Allen 90 0 3 2 0 0
S Keanu Neal (R) 106 0 9 0 5 1

Reserves –

Pos. Name Tackles Sacks PDef Interceptions FF FR
CB CJ Goodwin (R) 17 0 2 0 0 0
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0
CB Brian Poole (R) 59 1 9 1 0 2
CB Deji Olatoye 4 0 3 0 0 0
S Sharrod Neasman (R) 3 0 0 0 0 0
S Dashon Goldson 1 0 0 0 0 0

Analysis:

The Falcons are just a young defense, which you could say is a detriment, except most of their young players are the standouts on this side of the ball.  Not only do you have a front seven loaded with young talent, but the secondary has a couple good rookies as well.  The main problem I would see in terms of the secondary is a lack of depth. If one guy goes down, say Jalen Collins, the Falcons will be hurting.  Outside of that, I have no doubt that the secondary will be able to work in conjunction with the front seven to ruin Tom Brady’s day.

Special Teams Personnel: (2016 Stats)

Pos. Name FGM FGA XPM XPA
K Matt Bryant 34 37 56 57
Pos. Name Punts AVG Touchbacks (P) Inside 20
P Matt Bosher (also handles kickoffs) 44 46.8 1 21

Analysis:

Bryant is one of the best in the business, especially this year.  With his 92% completion percentage and a long of 59 this year, being 41 years old certainly hasn’t slowed Bryant down and if Atlanta loses, it won’t be Bryant’s fault.  Bosher is a good punter, capable kickoff guy and great holder for place-kicks.  Special teams is a solid phase for the Falcons and should be able to provide some points for the Falcons if they need it.

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