Unaddressed Issues That Need to be Addressed Before Training Camp

It’s still early to be making predictions on how the 2017-18 NFL season will pan out, though “experts” and oddsmakers in Vegas have already jumped in on the conversation since the conclusion of the Super Bowl. OK, maybe a few days after the Super Bowl as they were too busy still absorbing what happened in Houston. Nevertheless, for the Falcons to make a return to the Super Bowl, they have yet to address certain areas with two months left before the start of training camp. The offensive line has a vacancy at the right guard position after the retirements of Chris Chester and Hugh Thornton. All-Pro center Alex Mack is recovering well from a fractured fibula, but the Falcons need to protect Matt Ryan and open up the run game, especially with the departure of Pro Bowl fullback Patrick DiMarco and a tight end core not equipped well for blocking. Also, the departure of longtime return man Eric Weems leaves an opening in the special teams department. Atlanta poses a threat for teams if they can manage to have a return specialist that can shorten the field, leaving Matt Ryan with great field position. With that, the road to redemption seems to be a manageable one if health and execution falls on the Falcons’ side. #RiseUp


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