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How Will The Falcons Secondary Pan Out?

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How Will The Falcons Secondary Look In 2017?

Training camp is just weeks away, and of course, there will be many battles for roster spots. There are not many spots to fill, but the most intriguing so far is the Falcons secondary. With the injury of Desmond Trufant last season, the Falcons had a “next-man-up” mentality at cornerback.  Players such as Brain Poole and Jalen Collins proved that they were ready for anything that came their way. Now with Trufant returning, the team is stacked at the position. Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen also played up to expectations at safety. It seems like the Falcons should have it all figured out. The only problem is that everybody can’t be on the field at the same time.

Jalen Collins over Brian Poole?

When Trufant went out for the season, Jalen Collins took his spot at cornerback. Before the injury, Collins barely saw the field. He served a suspension the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league’s PED policy, and in his rookie season, he only started 2 games. When he filled in for Trufant, he showed us his true potential. Brian Poole showed that he could be a good nickelback for the team late in the season and into the playoffs. Now that Trufant is back, one of them has to go, and I think it’s Poole. Collins gives the Falcons a corner with size on the outside, something Dan Quinn has loved since his days in Seattle. That leaves Trufant and Collins outside and moves Robert Alford to nickel. Alford has the perfect size and speed to keep up with some of the best slot corners in the league. If the Falcons want to get the best out of the secondary, this needs to happen.

Ricardo The Future At Safety In Falcons Secondary?

Ricardo Allen was impressive for the Falcons in his third season. He was known as the “eraser” like Earl Thomas, for any deep throws in the secondary. It’s obvious Allen isn’t in the same tier as Thomas, so it’s very possible the Falcons can upgrade at the position. The Falcons let it be known that there will be competition at safety. They drafted cornerback Damontae Kazee in the 5th round, and are looking at him more as a safety than a corner.  Also, we can’t disregard Brian Poole’s talent. Coach Quinn said that Poole could also get a look at free safety, so Allen is going to have to step up if he wants to keep his starting job. Until Kazee and Poole can become polished at the position, Allen may be able to stay at safety for another season.

If you’re the Falcons, this is a good problem to have. With several players being able to play different positions, depth should never be an issue. The only thing they’ll have to figure out is who will be starting in the secondary for 2017. Training camp and preseason should definitely help the team with the decision.