5 Falcons to watch against Washington in week 4
The Atlanta Falcons are likely in the early stages of a rebuild under the guidance of first-year head coach Arthur Smith. That’s not to say the Falcons can’t stay competitive with several talented veterans remaining on the roster, including former MVP quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Falcons enter their Week 4 game against Washington with a 1-2 record. After a lousy start to the season, Atlanta clinched a last-second victory over the New York Giants in Week 3. Washington’s only victory also came against the Giants in Week 2, on a last-second field goal.
It’s a big game for Washington with a tough streak to come, starting in Week 5 against the Saints. The Falcons have several outstanding players on offense and will be quite a challenge for the struggling Washington defense.
Here are five Falcons to watch out for in Sunday’s Week 4 game against Washington:
QB Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan remains one of the NFL’s most accurate quarterbacks. There were rumors during the offseason that Atlanta would draft their replacement, but chose to stick with Ryan instead. Ryan will keep the Falcons competitive.
Lt Jake Matthews
Anyone playing an offensive tackle will have to face Washington defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young. At the start of the season, those offensive tackles got the better of Washington’s cleat couriers. Does this change on Sunday? Matthews is a veteran left tackle who has seen good years. The way he plays against Sweat and Young could greatly determine the outcome of this game.
TE Kyle Pitts
In the 2021 NFL Draft, some viewed Florida tight end Kyle Pitts as the best player in the entire draft. The Falcons agreed, placing him in the top five. Pitts hasn’t had their breakout performance yet, but you know it happens. Washington linebackers in coverage are always a concern and this Sunday will be no different against Pitts – the future of the post.
DT Grady Jarrett
Grady Jarrett is the anchor of the Atlanta defensive line. Jarrett is quietly one of the game’s most underrated defensive tackles. He is an exceptional indoor rusher and also a force against the race. Jarrett can impact play in a number of ways.
LB Deion Jones
Deion Jones is the type of linebacker Ron Rivera should covet for Washington. He’s a versatile tackle who excels when it comes to coverage. Jones may have an impact on Washington’s intermediate passing game due to his covering ability. Taylor Heinicke must keep an eye on Jones at all times.