Trades and signings to fix the Atlanta Falcons defense after Ricardo Allen’s inj

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    The Atlanta Falcons lost Ricardo Allen to a torn Achilles. The injury is awful with a long recuperation time. Top Falcons defenders are dropping like flies Youth Matt Bryant Jersey , and like we saw against the New Orleans Saints, our current personnel can’t stop anything or anyone. We are talking trades, which always come at the cost of draft picks. We don’t want to drop too many picks on one-year rentals, so it may be time to get rid of an underperforming player or two likely in their last year with the team.So lets start off with that.Trade Vic BeasleyThis may definitely feel extreme, but things are clearly not working with the starting defensive end. Something is a bad fit, and a change of scenery is probably best for both the team and player. The Falcons have to be worried about paying Beasley over $12 million next season. If the Falcons need to rotate their roster, this is a great place to start. Add a draft pick and clear future cap space. Beasley may be in more demand by a 3-4 team, especially one with more cap space going forward. Atlanta could potentially net a day 2 pick they could flip for another player to help with this season.Trade for Earl ThomasThe Falcons are terribly thin at safety. Thomas will require a day two pick and a contract extension. I would normally say this move is crazy, but Allen has one of the worst injuries for a football player. It may be unlikely he’s ready for the start of next season, and it’s also unlikely he will look like his old self in 2019. It’s the worst case scenario for both Allen and the Falcons. Damontae Kazee is the only thing keeping the Falcons from starting Keith Tandy at safety. If the Falcons can swing a trade for Thomas, Kazee could then rotate with underwhelming Jordan Rodgers and another addition.Sign Eric ReidI think it is mostly accepted that Reid has lost a step since his Pro Bowl 2013 season. However, it seems like most teams have been wary to bring in Reid based on his lawsuit against the NFL. It was just two years ago the 49ers exercised his fifth-year option. He has not lost THAT many steps to still be unemployed at this point of the season, and he may be a hard hitting addition to the strong safety spot. He should sign for veteran minimum. Assuming Atlanta brings in Thomas, the Falcons are back to three starter-worthy safeties.Sign Robert AyersAging, yes, but Ayers is a nice DT/DE that has some versatility and some gas left in the tank. He can better bookend Derrick Shelby and move Brooks Reed to the starting spot across from Takkarist McKinley.Sign John SimonWho? Simon is a 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive end who is only 27 and has averaged almost 4 sacks per year the last three seasons with the Colts and Texans. Plug him behind Steven Means on the depth chart at veteran minimum.Sign Junior GaletteJust kidding, things haven’t gotten that desperate. Even though he did have three sacks last year with Washington.Trade for Defensive LinemenThis is where things start getting tricky. Could the Falcons go aggressive and try prying away a top pass rusher from a struggling team, like Chandler Jones from the Arizona Cardinals? Maybe an underperforming DE/DT type like Arik Armstead or Mario Edwards? In retrospect, the Falcons are regretting letting Adrian Clayborn leave. No one has stepped up into his spot. The Falcons could even look into a run stuffer like A’Shawn Robinson from the Detroit Lions. We are just guessing who may be available http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-desmond-trufant-jersey , but a number are either buried on the depth chart, or like Beasley, seem unlikely to stick around on their team for the long-term. The ResultsA lot depends on how aggressive Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn want to get. Based on the defense’s performance against the Saints, they should be pretty desperate. With a handful of moves, they can patch up the defense just enough to keep this season going. If one watches even a quarter of what quarterback Nathan Peterman does, it’s clear he is not good at his job. He’s played four games this year for the Buffalo Bills, losing every one and throwing seven interceptions along the way. Yet, he remains the starter in Buffalo following a slew of injuries at the position. The Bills believe they are left no choice but to play Peterman, even though qualified players remain unemployed in free agency.Peterman isn’t necessarily an anomaly when it comes to extended chances being given to white quarterbacks. Black quarterbacks historically haven’t been offered the same room for mistakes and subsequent evolution as their white counterparts. It is commonly assumed that black players are flashy field talent — receivers, corners and tailbacks — and do not possess the skillset to lead teams and signal-call. This week Peterman played for the entirety of a game for the first time in his career. He threw 49 times for less than 200 yards, notching three interceptions. He’s now thrown so many interceptions he owns the record for the most in the Super Bowl era from a player with 100 or fewer professional attempts. Following the game, Peterman’s lasting appearance in Buffalo was questioned by one of the last black men to play quarterback for the Bills — E.J. Manuel, a consistently maligned former first-round selection.“I usually never open up about my situation in Buffalo, but the fact that this guy has had multiple games with 4-plus interceptions … and I still don’t have a job in the league? … UNREAL,” Manuel said in a now-deleted post. “Say what you want about me, but never have I ever done that. Forget a learning curve, I didn’t get the luxury of being able to use that as an excuse. I wonder why.” Peterman has 12 interceptions in eight games played. In 31 games, Manuel had 16. In Manuel’s last 16 starts he boasts 3,170 pass yards, 17 touchdowns Andy Levitre Jersey , and 14 interceptions —numbers that are nearly identical to Dak Prescott’s. At the very least, Manuel played like a NFL starting quarterback.This isn’t the only time Manuel has been vocal about the disparity. In 2016, he went further in describing the differences between black and white quarterback play. “The leash isn’t as long [as white quarterbacks’],” Manuel told SB Nation. “You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you get them. People are always a little critical toward [black quarterbacks] but it comes with the territory.”The assumption was the Bills reached for a quarterback in 2013 upon selecting Manuel. He was frequently derided, a target of racist posts after losing performances. When he was eventually benched in 2017, he expressed that he’d moved to a depressive state. By the end, the Bills declined to keep him and let him walk into free agency. Yet none of this is revolutionary. The American understanding of blackness under center has always been one of chance; perhaps they’ll be good enough to play the position, but it’ll come as a surprise. It’s the erroneous notion that an intellectual wall keeps the black quarterback from athletic glory.In September, a Texas superintendent said of Deshaun Watson, “When you need precision decision-making you can’t count on a black quarterback.” Ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, it was commonly suggested top prospect Lamar Jackson should make the move to wide receiver, despite winning a Heisman at the quarterback position at Louisville. In Buffalo alone, black quarterbacks have continuously been a target of degradation. Marlin Briscoe was the first black man to start at quarterback in the AFL. He set a rookie record for touchdowns in 1968 only to be benched and moved to receiver. James “Shack” Harris started a game at quarterback for the Bills in the same year, but not before he was forced to stay in a $6 room at a local YMCA instead of with the team. During training camp, the coaching staff attempted to move him to wideout and gave him a job cleaning team cleats. If it is believed that the black athlete is incapable of performing at a coveted, well-paid position, then black play at the position will always have a cap. Such an environment is even more egregious during the Colin Kaepernick era, in which black athletes have used their platforms to fight against the horrors of racial injustice at the cost of their careers.The problem isn’t solely that Peterman continues to play football. The problem is how many more Petermans will subsequently follow — and how many talented black quarterbacks will be left on the sidelines, or cast away off the field forever.

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