Getting “bigger and tougher” was the offseason’s mantra. (John Bazemore)
The Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl aspirations going into last season but fell well short with a 4-12 record.
The primary issues? Injuries, and toughness at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense
Quarterback Matt Ryan was hit a league-high – and career-high – 203 times last season. He was sacked 44 times – again, a career-high, and tied for third in the league.
The Falcons’ front office made it clear what the plans were for both the offseason and the draft: Protect the $100 million quarterback, and get tougher on both sides of the ball.
In free agency, Atlanta’s top signings were guard Jon Asamoah (6’4”, 305), defensive end Tyson Jackson (6’4”, 296), and nose tackle Paul Soliai (6’4”, 340).
The getting “bigger and tougher” theme continued in last week’s draft.
Though there were several reports citing the Falcons’ heavy interest in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and their wil
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