Falcons Fam! Coach Quinn will have the privilege of having a more versatile group of defensive linemen. If they stay healthy of course.
Ra’Shede Hageman, Jack Crawford, Grady Jarrett, Courtney Upshaw, Dontari Poe, Derrick Shelby, Brooks Reed, Takkarist McKinley, Adrian Clay born and Vic Beasley to name a few.
However! here are 3 players to keep an eye on the defensive line. Let’s start with Big Shede Hageman.
1. Ra’Shede Hageman – Falcons will have a much better chance of matching up with physical teams like Carolina Panthers. Panthers like to run right at you and get a body on your linebackers. With the addition of Dontari Poe, Quinn can use Grady Jarrett, and Shede in short yard situations and keep Deion Jones clean. This is where Hageman will have the opportunity to make an impact.
2. Grady Jarrett – Jarrett showed what he’s capable of in Superbowl 50, where he piled up 3 1/2 sacks. The Patriots were not going to let 2016 sack leader Vic Beasley have a major impact on the game. They doubled him every chance they got, which in turn left Grady Jarrett in one on one opportunities.
With Dontari Poe playing alongside of him. Expect Jarrett to continue to show why his Superbowl performance was not a fluke.
3. Jack Crawford – Here’s one I looked at closely. Dan Quinn did a film breakdown on what falcons fans should expect from Crawford. He showed the ability to get instant pressure in the backfield. Something the Falcons will need if Adrian Clayborn cannot stay healthy.
Final Thoughts – Vic Beasley is not on the list because I expect him to do what he always does. If Poe Jarrett can reek havoc in the middle. Vic Beasley will have the opportunity repeating as the NFL’s sack leader.
Let me know what you think Falcons Fam.
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