May 19, 2017
2 Falcons led NFL in yards from scrimmage last 2 seasons

The Atlanta Falcons have something special going on offensively.

Last year the team set a number of franchise records and finished in among the NFL’s top 10 all-time scoring teams.

A lot went into that incredible production, but at the end of the day the biggest element is having talented players who know what to do when the football is in their hands.

Case in point: over the last two seasons two Atlanta players have led the entire league in total yards from scrimmage.

According to Bleacher Report’s Brag Gagnon, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively going back to 2015, ahead of Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson:

Most yards from scrimmage since 2015:

1. Julio Jones (ATL), 3280
2. Devonta Freeman (ATL), 3175
3. David Johnson (ARI), 3156

Impressive stuff.

A number of analysts have predicted a decline for Atlanta’s offense this year as they adjust to incoming offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, but I’m starting to think that narrative is overblown. When you have multiple players producing at this level, it takes a special kind of talent to screw it up.

The Falcons may not lead the league in scoring again in 2017 and there probably will be some dropoff, but this unit is going to be just fine.

 

Source: thefalconswire.usatoday.com