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The Falcons made two key moves in the offseason, adding a pass-rusher in Ray Edwards and a playmaker to the offense in Julio Jones. These were good choices, but don't expect anything spectacular out of them. Edwards never posted double-digit sacks and he was lined up across from Jared Allen, who demands double-teams.
Jones, a rookie, has loads of physical ability, but he isn't as polished as impact rookies like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald were when they entered the league. He will show flashes, but I doubt he'll make as much of a difference as the Falcons hope.
Those two moves likely mean the Falcons will be in Super Bowl contention once again, but can they finally win a playoff game? Matt Ryan is 0-2 in the playoffs thus far in his young career and it is important that he gets over that hump soon.
In 2010, the Falcons were rolled over by the Packers in the playoffs and losses like that typically linger. It's tough to end the season on such a low point and it's possible that the team gets cold feet once January rolls around.
Before Matt Ryan can become an elite quarterback, he will have to prove he can carry his team beyond the Divisional Round. It won't come easy, but it's the next step towards building his dynasty.