Atlanta Falcons Concerns From the Game
Khalfani Muhammad, a rookie running back out of Cal, led the Broncos with 24 yards on four catches. He was also the team’s leading rusher with seven carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. This included a 31 yard run.
The poor play of Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub was extremely concerning. He completed just 4/14 passes for a measly six yards and one interception. The turnover was a major reason Atlanta lost the game, despite having the game’s leading rusher, receiver and passer.
Schaub looked like a totally different player than I saw moving the ball well in practice, against the Atlanta second team defense. It will be interesting to see if Benkert can over take him, for the primary backup quarterback job.
Rookie Cornerback Jordan Miller, allowed a Denver Broncos wide receiver to steal an interception out of his hands. Kendall Sheffield, another rookie cornerback who had a tendency to draw flags in college at Ohio State, was called for defensive holding. Secondary depth is certainly something to keep an eye on.
Another negative aspect of the Hall of Fame Game was the injuries. Atlanta lost two key reserves in the game. Ra’Shede Hageman who is returning to the team after a two-year absence, left the game with a groin injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Kick returner Marcus Green also suffered a groin injury in quarter number three. The extend of his injury is unknown at this point, as is the case with Hageman’s injury.