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3 Overlooked Players Key to Atlanta Falcons’ 2024 Playoff Return

3 Overlooked Players Key to Atlanta Falcons’ 2024 Playoff Return

The Atlanta Falcons have selected Arnold Ebiketie as their primary pass rusher. This isn’t so much a display of talent as it is a distinct lack of capable options. To be fair to Ebiketie, he has made strides in each of his first two seasons.

As the snaps have increased, so has his ability to keep up with the pace of the game and create negative plays. The third-year rusher recorded 6.0 sacks last season and 12 hits on the quarterback. That’s not entirely representative of the numbers Ebiketie can put up in a full season, with the youngster needing to earn his spot in the rotation.

If you project his production as a starter over a full season, the result is double-digit sacks and a lot of missed tackles. He’s the one Atlanta has pinned the fate of its edge rush on. Unless you think Lorenzo Carter is going to be a different player or rookie Bralen Trice is going to defy history, your edge rush is pinned on Ebiketie.

There are reasons to be optimistic about improved production. However, we have yet to see a full season of Ebiketie debut while expectations are high. Can the third-year player live up to expectations?