NFL: The second half of Prime Sports Network’s advanced pre-camp rankings examines the NFC. The Atlanta Falcons have the talent to go back to the Super Bowl, but how is their psyche?
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
The last team to lose a Super Bowl and make it back the following season were those infamous Buffalo Bills teams from the early ‘90s who made and lost four straight, the first of which turned out to be more mentally damaging than they could have possibly imagined.
So considering how the Atlanta Falcons lost the biggest lead in Super Bowl history to New England last season, one has to wonder even if they return again this February – in Atlanta, of all places – will they have what it takes to get the job done this time?
AFC rankings were posted earlier, with the New England Patriots holding the accustomed top spot. Teams are listed with the latest odds to win Super Bowl 52, along with new faces to watch in camp.
- Offense: RB Brian Hill, TE Eric Saubert, OG Sean Harlow.
- Defense: DE Takkarist McKinley, DT Dontari Poe, LB Duke Riley, CB Damontae Kazee.
- Offense: RB Aaron Jones, RB Jamaal Williams, TE Martellus Bennett, TE Lance Kendricks, OG Jahri Evans.
- Defense: DT Montravius Adams, LB Vince Biegel, CB Davon House, CB Kevin King, FS Josh Jones.
- Specialist: P Justin Vogel.
- Offense: WR Ryan Switzer, OT Byron Bell.
- Defense: DE Taco Charlton, CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Marquez White, FS Xavier Woods, SS Robert Blanton.
- Offense: RB Eddie Lacy, WR Amara Darboh, OL Luke Joeckel, OL Ethan Pocic.
- Defense: DT Nazair Jones, DT Malik McDowell, CB Shaquill Griffin, FS Brad McDougald, FS Tedric Thompson, SS Delano Hill.
- Offense: RB Christian McCaffrey, WR Charles Johnson, WR Curtis Samuel, WR Russell Shepard, OT Matt Kalil, OT Taylor Moton.
- Defense: DE Daeshon Hall, DE Julius Peppers, LB Ben Boulware, CB Captain Munnerlyn, S Mike Adams.
- Offense: WR Kenny Golladay, TE Michael Roberts, OT Greg Robinson, OT Ricky Wagner, OG T.J. Lang.
- Defense: DE Cornelius Washington, LB Jarrad Davis, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, LB Paul Worrilow, CB D.J. Hayden, CB Jalen Tabor.
- Offense: RB Samaje Perine, WR Robert Davis, WR Terrelle Pryor, WR Brian Quick, TE Jeremy Sprinkle.
- Defense: DL Jonathan Allen, DL Terrell McClain, DL Stacy McGee, LB Ryan Anderson, LB Zach Brown, CB Fabian Moreau, SS Montae Nicholson, SS D.J. Swearinger.
- Offense: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Jeremy McNichols, WR Chris Godwin, WR Desean Jackson, TE O.J. Howard.
- Defense: DL Chris Baker, LB Kendell Beckwith, FS Justin Evans, SS J.J. Wilcox.
- Specialist: PK Nick Folk.
- Offense: QB Geno Smith, QB Davis Webb, RB Wayne Gallman, WR Brandon Marshall, FB/TE Rhett Ellison, TE Evan Engram, OL Adam Bisnowaty, OL D.J. Fluker.
- Defense: DE Avery Moss, DT Dalvin Tomlinson, LB Calvin Munson.
- Offense: QB Nick Foles, QB Matt McGloin, RB Legarrette Blount, RB Donnel Pumphrey, WR Mack Hollins, WR Alshon Jeffrey, WR Torrey Smith, WR Greg Ward Jr., OG Chance Warmack.
- Defense: DE Derek Barnett, DE Chris Long, DT Tim Jernigan, CB Rasul Douglas, CB Sidney Jones, CB Patrick Robinson.
- Offense: QB Blaine Gabbert, RB T.J. Logan, WR Chad Williams, OT Will Holden, OG Dorian Johnson.
- Defense: LB Karlos Dansby, LB Jarvis Jones, LB Haason Reddick, FS Budda Baker, SS Antoine Bethea.
- Specialist: PK Phil Dawson.
- Offense: QB Case Keenum, RB Dalvin Cook, RB Latavius Murray, WR Rodney Adams, TE Bucky Hodges, C Pat Elflein, OT Riley Reiff, OT Mike Remmers.
- Defense: DE Datone Jones, DT Jaleel Johnson, DT Will Sutton, LB Ben Gedeon.
- Offense: QB Chase Daniel, RB Adrian Peterson, WR Ted Ginn Jr., OT Ryan Ramczyk, OG Larry Warford.
- Defense: DE Trey Hendrickson, DE Alex Okafor, DT Tony McDaniel, LB Alex Anzalone, LB A.J. Klein, LB Manti Te’o, CB Marshon Lattimore, FS Rafael Bush, FS Marcus Williams.
- Offense: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mark Sanchez, QB Mitch Trubisky, RB Tarik Cohen, FB Freddie Stevenson, WR Markus Wheaton, WR Kendall Wright, TE Adam Shaheen, TE Dion Sims.
- Defense: CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, FS Eddie Jackson, SS Quintin Demps.
- Offense: FB Sam Rogers, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Josh Reynolds, WR Robert Woods, TE Gerald Everett, C John Sullivan, OT Andrew Whitworth.
- Defense: DE Conner Barwin, LB Ejuan Price, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB Kayvon Webster.
- Offense: QB Matt Barkley, QB C.J. Beathard, QB Brian Hoyer, RB Tim Hightower, RB Joe Williams, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Aldrick Robinson, WR Trent Taylor, TE George Kittle, C Jeremy Zuttah.
- Defense: DE Solomon Thomas, DT Earl Mitchell, LB Elvis Dumervil, LB Reuben Foster, LB Malcolm Smith.