Top Ten Best Atlanta Falcons Players Going Into the 2021 NFL SeasonFor the first time in a decade, Julio Jones will not play for the Falcons. It will definitely be an adjustment for Falcons fans. The team finds itself in a division with the reigning Super Bowl champ Buccaneers and up-and-coming Panthers. Can Arthur Smith lift the Falcons out of mediocrity? Here, we are looking at the top ten best Atlanta Falcons players going into the 2021 NFL season.
With Julio Jones being injured quite a bit last season, it left third year receiver Ridley to fill his place. He definitely responded to the challenge, and produced to the tune of 1,374 yards and 9 touchdowns, along with being named a second team all-pro. Now filling Julio's shoes is a monumentally big task, but if Ridley showed anything last season, it's that he can handle it.
Ryan wasn't bad last season, but he is definitely not what he once was. A factor that plays into it is his age. He's 36 years old, and it's fair to wonder if the Falcons might look for his replacement soon. In the meantime however, Ryan is still good, and can get the job done. Potentially he can lead them to the playoffs once more.
Jarrett has been one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL the last few seasons. The Falcons defensive line isn't filled with a lot of producers, so that makes Jarrett all the more important.
The Falcons defenses have been bad the last few seasons, so it's fortunate that they've had Jones at middle linebacker to prevent things from being worse.
Mathews has been a relatively unheralded and solid starter at left tackle since 2014. The eight year veteran has kept Matt Ryan upright for most of his career.
Pitts is an insane talent. He's like a wide receiver in a tight end's body. We don't know how good he will be, but he provides Matt Ryan with another reliable target.
Koo became one of the NFL's best kickers last season, and is also known for his insane onside kicks as well.
Talk about an underrated player. Not many knew Oluokun last season, and he is still relatively obscure to many besides Falcons fans. However, he played at a Pro Bowl level alongside Deion Jones last season at linebacker. He might be able to step it up even further this season.
Davis played a lot in place of Christian McCaffrey last season, and did a pretty good job. Now he might be the top option in Atlanta this season.
Terrell had an up-and-down rookie season. Though in a weak Falcons secondary, maybe he can make a name for himself this time.