An ESPN correspondent for the NFC South, Pat Yasinskas gets to answer fans’ questions today. Here’s a few highlights and my thoughts.
In general, Yasinskas was very positive about the Falcons and the upcoming campaign. In addition to mentioning that Matt Ryan would be the quarterback he would want on the field with 2 minutes to go and the game on the line, Atlanta was rated as his most balanced offense in the division heading into the 2009 season.
Like many Falcons’ fans, he says that 2009 is a make-it-or-break-it year for Jamaal Anderson. He’s underachieved since being a top-10 pick at defensive end, but did show some improvement in 2008. Without a good camp, veteran Chauncey Davis could start ahead of Anderson and that would be the beginning of the end for Anderson in Atlanta.
Yasinskas rates Ovie Mughelli as a top-5 fullback in the NFL (course, how many true fullbacks remain in the age of spread offenses?) and a vital part of their offense. Another important aspect is Tony Gonzalez. Yes, he’s the best receiving tight end in NFL history, but his blocking will be an upgrade over Alge Crumpler a couple years ago and the tight-end-by-committee situation in 2008.