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ft under Dan Quinn Limited Julio Jones Jersey , with a couple of exceptions."The other day we discussed the positions the Falcons have been most and least likely to draft with Dan Quinn on board. Today, I want to talk about the three or so positions they’ve done a great job of drafting and the couple of position groups where they’ve either been inattentive or lousy. Strengths Running backThis has been a slam dunk, though Quinn isn’t exactly the guy going to the mat for running backs. Tevin Coleman was one of the league’s more effective complements and a fine feature back in his own right when injuries hit Devonta Freeman, while Ito Smith looked very good in his rookie year and should be at worst a capable backup going forward. It’s not clear that he’ll have a role on this team, but Brian Hill’s hard-charging style could mean a bright future for him, as well.Wide receiver Similar story here. Calvin Ridley just put a rookie season behind him that was insanely impressive statistically and quite good even if you take a closer look at his occasional lapses, Justin Hardy has been a stellar blocker and fine fourth option for years now, and Russell Gage has promise. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is a star, which pretty much makes the case here. Deadrin Senat has a ton of promise, too, even if his rookie year wasn’t jaw-dropping and Quinn mysteriously benched him for a bit. Linebacker No position has fared better under Quinn that linbacker. Duke Riley looks like a miss two years into his career, but Deion Jones is a superstar Julio Jones Falcons Jersey , De’Vondre Campbell has been above average more or less his entire career, and Foye Oluokun put together an absurdly impressive season for a sixth round selection from an Ivy League school. Safety Similar story here, where the Falcons nabbed Keanu Neal in the first round and added Damontae Kazee, who put together an impressive year at free safety for Atlanta in 2018 even if he’s heading to corner this year. If you count Akeem King here, he’s become a fine safety for Seattle. The thing you’ll note here is that Quinn’s Falcons have generally not done well in the trenches or prioritized them, which is the cause of many of their 2018 woes that weren’t related to injury. Takk and Beasley could have fine seasons and elevate defensive end and a new right tackle would help there, but the Falcons have generally not drafted along the offensive line and have gotten mixed results out of end. Quinn’s picks at linbacker and safety have been stellar, however, and the team continues to have little trouble stocking their offensive skill positions with talent.WeaknessesOffensive line This is as much due to effort as anything, but it needs to be called out.The Falcons have drafted just one tackle, seventh rounder Jake Rodgers back in 2015, and he didn’t even make the roster. They’ve drafted zero centers and just two guards Elite Julio Jones Jersey , with Sean Harlow currently chilling on the practice squad and Wes Schweitzer turning out to be a far, far better player than anyone could have anticipated back when they picked him in the sixth round back in 2016. But that’s three selections in four years, and only Schweitzer has turned out to be anything. The team has also tried, over and over again, to get Schweitzer back on the bench, only to be undone by injury or lackluster competition.That’s a problem because the Falcons pretty much have to start drafting well along the line. Alex Mack is aging (though still good!), both guard options are 1-3 year stopgaps, and Ty Sambrailo is probably a one year starter at right tackle at best. Given their track record along the offensive line before Quinn arrived—only Jake Matthews turned out to be very good, and only Sam Baker, Garrett Reynolds, and Joe Hawley joined him in being quality multi-year starters—it’s a cause for concern. Defensive end This weakness looms large over the team right now. Vic Beasley had one season of amazing production and a couple of solid seasons overall, but Pro Football Focus had him grading out as the league’s worst defensive end a year ago Game Julio Jones Jersey , an evaluation that was largely matched by what he put on tape. Takkarist McKinley has been better but has not fully blossomed yet, mixing some exciting, dominant stretches with quiet games. That’s a problem because these guys are both first rounders, the team’s depth at the position comprises two free agents on one year deals, and Beasley is headed to free agency in 2020. They need to add more young talent to the position because of the strong possibility that they’ll lose Beasley if he bounces back, but a third year leap from Takk would help take this one off the list a year from now. The Browns are ready for Baker Mayfield to “cut it loose and play.” That’s the “next step” in the rookie quarterback’s development, interim coach Gregg Williams said Thursday.“We have his back; now, let’s go,” Williams said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the . “You’re a smart enough quarterback, instinctive enough quarterback. We understand that mistakes are going to be made. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Just cut it loose and play, and make faster and faster decisions.“That’s the No. 1 thing that I’ve tried to convey to him. It’s not just me; it’s everybody — his teammates having those conversations with him Julio Jones Womens Jersey , the other coaches having those conversations with him. That’s the next step for a young quarterback in my mind.” Mayfield ranks 29th in the league with an 81.5 passer rating, throwing 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in seven games. Williams has encouraged Mayfield to wear his “come get some” face.“He may have [been holding back],” Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens said. “I don’t think you can play this position scared, and I don’t know that he’s ever played it scared. Sometimes you have to say ‘whatever happens, happens.’ I know the good ones who throw four picks or whatever, and the next time they get an opportunity, they’re going to try to fit it into a window of the size of a window, I don’t know. They don’t care.”Mayfield, who lost only six games in three years as the starter at Oklahoma, has a 1-5 record. No matter, the Browns are certain they have found their franchise quarterback. Finally.

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