We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at our bitter division rivals. Our friends over at The Falcoholic took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Atlanta Falcons.
Week 11: vs the Atlanta Falcons
Week 13: at the Atlanta Falcons
Notable free agent additions:
EDGE Dante Fowler Jr., RB Todd Gurley, TE Hayden Hurst (okay, that was a trade)
10 wins — Under.
Most exciting rookie:
Defensive lineman Marlon Davidson. Rookie cornerback A.J. Terrell has huge promise and will be active immediately, but Davidson projects as a swaggering, powerful inside presence on a team that sorely needs one to complement Grady Jarrett. If he lives up to his promise, Davidson may be the missing key for a defense that has needed interior pass rush help since Mike Smith was coach.
Position battle to keep an eye on:
Left guard. It’s between rookie Matt Hennessy out of Temple, veterans Jamon Brown and James Carpenter, newcomer Justin McCray, and longstanding fan favorite and former UDFA Matt Gono. With that many players competing, the Falcons may actually be able to put a strong option at the position after a couple of down years.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp:
Can the Falcons put a good defense on the field? It’s the question we seemingly ask every year, but it’s particularly pressing after a first half nightmare on that side of the ball nearly cost Dan Quinn his job and effectively submarined the 2019 season in Atlanta. The Falcons have added pieces and Raheem Morris has assumed control of the unit, and improvement is about the only way I can see the Falcons being markedly better than they were last season.
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:
Will Todd Gurley be a force for good or the latest vague disappointment at running back for Atlanta? Gurley’s talent is not in question and he’s following on the heels of a down year from Devonta Freeman in Dirk Koetter’s pass-happy scheme, but concerns about arthritis in his knees and his shaky 2019 production mean it’s going to be a question we’re asking all throughout the year.
Notable injuries heading into training camp:
The Falcons promise to be healthy heading into the year, but safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal are returning from season-ending injuries in 2019 and their status needs to be monitored. If they’re not 100% to start the season, the Falcons have some holes on the back end of the secondary.
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