With NFL coaching camps set to open throughout the league, the Atlanta Falcons aren’t a preferred decide to return to the playoffs following their three-year drought.
It’s laborious to think about the Falcons being any worse than they had been throughout final 12 months’s four-win season, however the group’s lack of wage cap funds — which incorporates $22 million of dead money being paid to 9 former gamers — prevented Atlanta from including any top-tier free brokers. First-round decide Kyle Pitts was just about the group’s solely main offseason acquisition.
Landing Wire’s Mark Schofield dropped his pre-training camp power rankings on Wednesday and the Falcons got here in at No. 26. Despite buying and selling away Julio Jones, arguably group’s finest participant, Atlanta remains to be making an attempt to win this season. This has Schofield skeptical that the group could make a playoff run in 2021.
“As somebody who cherished Justin Fields as a prospect, and salivated on the thought of him in an Arthur Smith offense, it was nonetheless thrilling to see the Atlanta Falcons draft Kyle Pitts within the first spherical with the fourth total choice,” Schofield writes. “Primarily based on his movie and athletic profile, Pitts seems to be the a part of the “unicorn,” the matchup nightmare of a participant who can function in opposition to cornerbacks, linebackers and safeties alike.
However the the Falcons traded away Julio Jones, sending him to the Tennessee Titans. Certain, Atlanta was in a considerably troublesome place with the wage cap, but when the group was going to make such a commerce, then maybe trying to the long run with a quarterback may need been the best transfer. So the query dealing with the Falcons is that this: Are they rebuilding, retooling, or in franchise purgatory, someplace within the center?”
It’s truthful to query if Atlanta even believes it might probably compete this season contemplating the group’s many free-agent losses and defensive query marks.
Though, Falcons followers would possibly really get pleasure from coming into 2021 with low expectations versus earlier years the place many NFL analysts wrongly assumed the offense would carry the group.
Coaching camp begins on July 29.