The Atlanta Falcons haven't played a playoff game in four seasons, making it crucial for them to get the most out of their eight selections at last week's 2022 NFL Draft.
The Falcons are excited with their draft haul and hope that they can contribute as early as next season. Some of the rookies are talented enough to challenge for a notable role, putting various veterans on the hot seat.
Keeping that in mind, here's a look at three Falcons veterans who are fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons Rumors
1. Marcus Mariota, QB
The Falcons gave Marcus Mariota the opportunity to be a starting quarterback again this offseason after he spent the last two years as a backup in Las Vegas. Atlanta has since spent a third-round pick on former Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder, who should make things interesting. Mariota hasn't looked that great since 2016 and even though the Falcons don't need him to be elite due to their rebuild, he's hardly untouchable. If Ridder has a strong training camp, Atlanta may be forced to re-think the situation. Additionally, the team can buy Mariota out next season and save $12 million, so it isn't like they're screwed if he's just a backup this season.
2. Damien Williams, RB
The Falcons drafting running back Tyler Allgeier out of BYU last week led to the release of Mike Davis on Monday, making Damien Williams the current No. 2 RB behind Cordarrelle Patterson. Even though he has 97 career games under his belt, nothing is guaranteeing Williams that role. He's largely been inconsistent throughout his career and has already reached his peak as a 30-year-old. He's also missed five games in three of the last four seasons, so injuries could be a concern. Meanwhile, Allgeier racked up 6.4 yards per carry over his last two seasons with the Cougars and was a scoring machine with 36 touchdowns. If Allgeier can show signs of productivity over the coming months, Williams could be bumped down to Atlanta's No. 3 RB.
3. Lorenzo Carter, EDGE
Just because Lorenzo Carter signed with the Falcons this offseason doesn't mean his job as a starting edge-rusher is safe. After all, Atlanta used a second-round pick on Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie. He should have the opportunity to make his case considering how Carter has proven to be mistake-prone in the past, missing at least 13.8% of his tackles twice in the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Ebiketie has a lot of hype surrounding him after finishing second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (18.0) and third in sacks (9.5). Assuming Ebiketie can keep that momentum going at the NFL level, Carter could be relegated to a backup role in 2022.
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