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And don’t say both."There’s little doubt
11-02-2019, 04:59 AM,
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And don’t say both."There’s little doubt
that the Falcons need to address the defensive line in the draft. While some may argue that offensive tackle and corner could be taken early Dan Hampton Jersey , the majority of pundits and fans agree the team needs to improve the defensive line first and foremost. The question, though, is which of the two key positions is more important? We’ve seen the team linked to guys like Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins and even Dexter Lawrence. Yet, it seems like there’s also a big need at defensive end, where a player like Brian Burns or Montez Sweat could make a lot of sense.Let’s take a look at how the Falcons look at each position.Defensive TackleRight now, the Falcons have several players lined up to play defensive tackle in 2019. Grady Jarrett is a Pro Bowl-quality starter who will likely get an extension in the very near future. Next to him, though, there’s a big question mark. Last year’s third-round pick — Deadrin Senat — showed great promise, particularly as a run stopper. He also showed some ability to get to the QB, though that’s not likely a role the team sees him in for the long term. Then there’s Jack Crawford, who was arguably one of the nicest surprises of the 2018 season. He wound up starting 11 games and netted six sacks on the season — the same number as Grady Jarrett. He may not be what the team has in mind for a long-term starter to pair with Grady, but he’s fantastic in his current role. The depth at DT is rounded out with guys like Michael Bennett (no , not that one) and Justin Zimmer. Neither of these guys projects to be anything more than a rotational piece at best.The team has some options here, but adding another top-tier DT would certainly not be a problem. Someone like Ed Oliver could give the Falcons a devastating 1-2 punch in the middle of the defensive line. However, you could also make the argument that the Falcons could simply address the depth of this position and be fine in 2019.Defensive EndThe Falcons currently have just three guys who will potentially line up at defensive end in 2019. Takkarist McKinley is going into his third year and is a definite starter for 2019. The team (and fans) are hoping he makes the third-year jump that many pass rushers do. On the opposite side, lightning rod Vic Beasley is back on his fifth-year option with most fans wishing he weren’t. Barring some sort of revelation in 2019, it seems very possible Vic is in his last year with the team. After them, Steven Means is the lone defensive end on the roster, though he did show some promise in limited snaps last year.In a pinch, Jack Crawford could potentially slide over to play defensive end, though he seemed far more successful rushing from the interior. As it stands, the team has very little depth at the position after Bruce Irvin was allowed to walk and the team parted ways with Brooks Reed. Yet, with both Beasley and McKinley the likely starters in 2019, it would seem the team is banking on development with Quinn back at defensive coordinator. You could easily argue they should look to supplant Beasley this year Womens Leonard Floyd Jersey , but right now, it looks like they’re in the need for depth as much as anything.Final thoughtsWith the Falcons having a dismal pass rush in 2018, it’s hard to argue against anyone who could offer pass rushing help in this draft class. Whether that’s from the interior or from the edge seems like splitting hairs at this point. Yet, there are legitimate questions about the future of each position and what the best use of our first-round pick will be. Let us know which position you think is the bigger need in our poll below. ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Gale Sayers drew one more thunderous ovation from the Chicago crowd.Six Hall of Famers and 230 past and present players and coaches were on hand as the Bears kicked off their 100th anniversary celebration weekend on Friday. When Sayers was wheeled onto the stage, the roar from the crowd could have drowned out the jets at nearby O’Hare International Airport.Sayers has been weakened by dementia, which was diagnosed five years ago. But the 76-year-old Sayers still made the 130-mile trip from his home in Wakarusa, Indiana.Sayers showed up wearing his gold Hall of Fame jacket and a blue and white cap with the number 40. He wiped his left eye as his old teammate Dick Butkus, Dan Hampton and Richard Dent stood clapping onstage.Moments later, Mike Singletary came out. And with Mike Ditka also there, the Bears had six Hall of Famers onstage at once.When it was time for the group to leave a few minutes later, Sayers hunched over as Singletary wheeled him away. It was hard to tell if he was weeping. But there might have been a few tears shed in the room.“That’s a tough thing Eric Kush Jersey ,” Butkus said. “I call and check on him quite frequently, and it’s a sad deal. You’ve just got to be thankful with what you’ve got. I’ve got my problems with neuropathy and my balance. But I’ve got no pain. At least I still know who I am. I’m happy about that.”Sayers’ situation makes this weekend, in some ways, a bittersweet celebration.The “Kansas Comet” was a two-time All-American for the Jayhawks and dazzled with the Bears in a career that lasted just seven seasons because of knee injuries. He was a five-time All-Pro who remains the youngest player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, enshrined at 34 in 1977.He was Rookie of the Year in 1965 after being drafted one spot behind Butkus with the No. 4 overall pick. He scored six touchdowns in a win over San Francisco at muddy Wrigley Field that season and made four Pro Bowls before hanging it up in 1971.“He looked like he was gliding,” Ditka said. “I mean, the field was muddy. Everybody was slipping and sliding, except him. It was the most unbelievable exhibition I’ve seen in the history of the game. There probably was nothing like that. Just a great, great guy. Great guy. Gale was humble, never said a whole lot. But he was a super football player.”Ditka was glad to be part of the festivities. The Hall of Fame tight end and iconic coach of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears had a heart attack on a golf course in November.He said he has cut back on smoking cigars, often opting to chew an unlit one instead.“Life is a gift from God. And what we do with it, he’s going to give back to you Stephen Denmark Chicago Bears Jerseys ,” Ditka said. “I’m hoping he’ll give me a few more years around, and I’ll try to do the best I can with it.”Gary Fencik, the two-time Pro Bowl safety who played on the Super Bowl championship team, said the event is special. He’s from Chicago and holds Bears season tickets.“You don’t really think about that you’re part of the history of any organization,” he said. “It’s not that I haven’t read about the Bears’ history or the NFL. But this gets you a little more focused on that — and that you are a part of a very important fabric to the city and the NFL.”Jim McMahon, the “Punky QB” on the ’85 team, called Chicago “a special place.”“I’ve always loved this town, lived here for 28 years — almost half my life,” he said. “All my kids were born and raised here. It’s a special place. And this was a special team that I was involved with.”

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