Matt Ryan and the Falcons need to be more efficient in red zone

Falcons add wide receiver depth with injuries to Harry Douglas and Devin Hester. Matt Ryan wants better production from red zone offense

According to Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com, the defensively challenged Falcons signed WR Ryan Spadola to the practice squad.  Spadola signed with the New York Jets in 2013, and played in four total games, including one with the Miami Dolphins.   

Earlier on Thursday, reports surfaced that Harry Douglas was unable to practice with his bad foot. That doesn’t bode well for the Falcons at all. Although there is a chance for Douglas to play on Sunday, there was hope that he could earn some practice reps before the weekend. In three games, Douglas caught 12 passes and one touchdown.  Since Douglas went down with his foot injury, the Falcons have dropped two straight games, and the offense has fallen off the map in the fourth quarter.  

In addition to Douglas’ injury woes, Devin Hester is dealing with an injured hamstring. Coach Mike Smith believes that Hester will be on the field Sunday, but with lower body injuries, it always turns out to be game time decisions.  Hester has been a pleasant surprise as a wide receiver in 2014. However, his luxury status as a pass catcher has become a necessity.

THe Falcons are (2-3) on the season, and they've struggled in certain areas during the losses.  Besides each loss coming on the road, Matt Ryan thinks there is another reason why the Falcons are falling short.  Ryan and the offense focused on getting more effective in the red zone this week. It helps that Atlanta will be playing at home on Sunday. For Atlanta, winning all comes down to confidence, and the Falcons will have plenty of that against Chicago.   

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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