The Atlanta Falcons really took a step back from last year even though their results without an established pass rush. With the additions of Shelby, Campbell, and Jones the pass rush should improve immensely so that means the Quarterback will have less time to throw. This means Trufant and Alford will have to be quick to the ball as well as capitalize on that to get turnovers and possibly even score. Collins will be out for four games on a drug suspension, but Robert Alford who will be fighting to keep his job opposite of Trufant will have to step up.
William Moore is gone and that means the newly acquired Keanu Neal will fill his spot. Keanu Neal will be rocking Number 22 and was selected 17th overall. He started 11 of 12 games and recorded 96 tackles, one interception, and two sacks. Neal is very aggressive just like Moore was when he was drafted and should be the hard hitting Safety we have needed. Neal was not selected for All-American honors and is surely undervalued, but he was said to be the future Kam Chancellor which is what Dan Quinn wanted. His weakness is missed tackles which is caused because of his rage intensified play leading to hard hits.(Can be shown by his FIFTEEN missed tackles in 2015) He’s also a little lacking when it comes to playing the deep ball from time to time. I still think he was a great pick and is definitely going to help improve this defense significantly.
Kemal Ishmael and Robenson Therezie are a tag team duo that will probably lock down defenders if they’re on together like last year. They both have a lot of room for improvement, but if they play together then they are fantastic. Ricardo Allen will be more hesitant and drop back into coverage more now since Keanu will be flying towards the ball. Of course there will be some times that Neal and Allen will both be back, but as of right now the depth at Safety looks really good. Jalen Collins needs to work on his one on one coverage skills, but his performance last year was sub-par. He will work his butt off he wants to, but as of right now he will not play a down for the first four games. Phillip Adams is very unknown to me. I know he’s a developmental player and will likely grow a lot this next season, but for now I don’t see any Pro-Bowl results this upcoming year.