The Falcons new and improved running backs corps is unique to say the least. Each player possesses specific abilities the sum of which can help this team win games. Yet some are really questioning the decision to keep 5 running backs on the team. If you count Brady Ewing there's technically 6 backs. We'll touch on that later. Let's start with Antone Smith. As special teams aces go he's the bee's knees. He's appeared in 34 regular season games for the Falcons on special teams but logged only 1 carry ... for negative yardage. What does that mean? It means that you can call him a running back all you want but he's not going to carry the ball for the Falcons. Sure he had a few opportunities in the preseason but that's hardly worth reading into. In practice he's not a running back he's a special teamer. In my mind it was never a camp battle between Smith and Josh Vaughan. Vaughan just had to show the team he is capable of pounding the rock. And that he did in awe-inspiring fashion. Vaughan probably won't see a ton of carries but he's got talent and it's talent the Falcons will hopefully be able to use. With all that said his presence on the 53 man roster may be unnecessary with Jason Snelling around.
Does The Falcons' Decision To Keep Five Running Backs Make Sense?
The Falcoholic | Sep 1