ATLANTA – The Falcons have 80 men on their roster, for a few more days at least. They played with far fewer on Saturday night.
Most everyone the first-team offense and defense, plus quite a few from the second units didn’t play the preseason finale against Jacksonville.
This game was played by reserves on both sides, with fringe players accounting for most snaps just 15 days before a contest that truly counts.
Smart move by head coach Arthur Smith to keep his major contributors out of harm’s way, while A. getting a closer look fringe players, and B. letting those not set to make the team get tons of game film.
There were still quite a few who stood out in this one. Let’s take a look at some notable performers from a 28-12 result at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
Falcons tough runners: Qadree Ollison third-year pro runs hard. And, with improved burst, he’s getting through holes and hitting folks on the second level just a little bit faster. That’s the difference between a so-so run and an efficient one.
He ended up with 30 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in this, a sum that included some really tough runs. Ollison’s squarely on the roster bubble, possible dependent on overall roster math and how many running backs are kept. He has looked good several times in this preseason, including Saturday.
Caleb Huntley also had some standout moments, including a 21-yard run and a TD jaunt, and led the team with a solid per carry average. Tyler Allgeier had a touchdown as well and earned some hard yards on the ground late in this one.