On Desmond Ridder, Eddie Goldman, Breakout Season Contestants Feleipe Franks and Avery Williams


Dylan Moore from Northeast, Pennsylvania.

Hey buddy, I see a lot of people giving Felipe Franks and Avery Williams some love and that’s awesome. However, does swapping positions actually reduce their chances of making the 53-man roster?. Williams should do it through special teams, but is Franks in that group as well? He’s had a few fun takes as TE before, but we already have a unicorn there. I like their willingness to do whatever the team needs, but that doesn’t bode well for them.

bay: I don’t think Avery Williams is going anywhere, given his value as a comeback man as a special team contributor. I think the coaches believe he had a better chance of making an impact on offense. He was a successful running back in high school and what makes him a good returning player serves him well on offense.

I think it actually helps his chance to make the team that Franks works as a tight end. They’re more likely to keep a third quarterback — many teams only keep two these days — given he has special teams and maybe on offense. He has some athletic ability and uses it to add to his value on the team as a whole.

David Hicks of Marshalltown, Ia.

With so much money tied up in “dead money” this year, I hope the fanbase will remain patient as the team plugs the holes in its budget for both sides of the ball. I hope we’ll be competitive, but it’s a transition year (again?). While people say the defense can win championships, it’s the offense that often wins games during the season. Do you expect to see the most improvements in attack or defense? Both have plenty of new faces.

Bair: Always nice to hear from you, David. You’re right, it’s another year of transition as the Falcons succeed with the cap, but it should be the last. They will have the freedom next year to maneuver in the free agent market while continuing to add to the draft.

There are a lot of novelties in this team, on both sides of the ball, and I think it could be a narrow choice between which side of the ball is better. My gut, however, says the defense will make progress. High school isn’t just better. I think it’s pretty good with AJ Terrell, Casey Hayward and Isaiah Oliver at cornerback. I think the inside linebackers will be strong. Improvement, however, depends on passing rush. Can they generate one with Lorenzo Carter, Ade Ogundeji, Arnold Ebiketie and DeAngelo Malone? If the answer is yes, the defense might be better than many think.

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