5 Free Agents the Atlanta Falcons Must Consider Signing
The Atlanta Falcons need some more talent on the roster this season if they want to make a legitimate playoff push despite the injuries they have sustained. There are five free agents that the Falcons need to bring in for at least a tryout.
The following players are all excellent scheme fits for Atlanta's offense or defense, or could be a unique addition to a team that could use some more depth.
FB/TE Michael Robinson
2012 Stats: 16 Games Played, 12 Carries, 49 Yards, 13 Catches, 126 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 18 Kick Returns, 414 Yards, 10 tackles
Patrick DiMarco is pretty much worthless as anything other than a standard plow-ahead blocker. On the flip side, Michael Robinson can catch, run and return in addition to his ability as a top-tier blocker.
His salary wouldn't be very cumbersome for the Falcons, and he could add a wrinkle to the offense as an H-back. Robinson could also be someone who would help the Falcons offense absorb the loss of Julio Jones with more unique personnel packages.
OT Dennis Roland
2012 Stats: 108 snaps played at right tackle and third offensive tackle, 0 sacks, 0 hits, 1 hurry allowed in 29 pass blocking snaps.
Atlanta doesn't have a true sixth offensive lineman this season. While Joe Hawley has been filling in at that role, he's better suited to play inside at guard or line up in the backfield as a big fullback in these oversized personnel packages.
Dennis Roland was an excellent sixth lineman for the Bengals last season in both pass protection packages and run-blocking packages. Roland is also a better overall right tackle than Jeremy Trueblood is and could start for his hometown team if injuries continue to ravage the offensive tackle corps.
NT Sione Pouha
2012 Stats: 12 Games Played, 29 Tackles, 1 QB Hurry, 1 Pass Deflection
The Atlanta Falcons like running a multiple defense with many three defensive tackle sets out there. While Corey Peters and Jonathan Babineaux have been excellent this year, the Falcons would be smart to bring in a big body who could play nose tackle in some 3-4 sets.
Sione Pouha would be an excellent fit to play a strong-side 1-technique nose tackle and allow Babineaux and Peters to play an offset 3-4 defensive end pairing. This would allow Atlanta to play the same 3-4 sets that Mike Nolan ran in Baltimore.
With that, it means more blitz packages and a stronger defensive tackle rotation. Nolan's defense should be better against the run and with a big body in the middle like Pouha, they could create better push in the pass rush.
LB Bryan Scott
2012 Stats: 16 Games Played, 66 Tackles, 1 QB Hit, 1 QB Hurry, 4 Interceptions, 2 Fumbles Forced, 2 Fumbles Recovered, 8 Pass Deflections, 1 Defensive Touchdown
Bryan Scott is one of the few Dan Reeves draft picks that eventually worked out once he hit his third team on his NFL journey. The 2003 second-round pick would be a better fit for the Falcons' primarily nickel defense as a coverage linebacker.
The former Bill had his best season of his career last year, so it's confusing as to why he's without a job. However, the Falcons need to jump on the talented 12-year pro. He would be a welcome re-addition to the Falcons defense.
WR Brandon Lloyd
2012 Stats: 16 Games Played, 74 Catches, 911 Yards, 4 Touchdowns, 50 First Down catches
After losing Julio Jones for the season, the Falcons need someone who can provide the deep threat that Jones did. Brandon Lloyd is definitely that guy, as he was able to be a great receiver in the highly complicated New England offense.
Simplifying the offense and giving him a quarterback who is just a tier below Tom Brady will allow him to have the same kind of production. Lloyd's biggest problem is that he has been known to have a diva issue.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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