Ollison over Davis In ATL?

The Falcons signed RB Mike Davis to a 2-year deal worth $5.5 million dollars this offseason.  With that kind of money the presumption is Davis should be the main back in the Falcons offense.  New Head Coach Arthur Smith wants to run the ball more than Atlanta has run in recent years.  Davis in 6 NFL seasons has a career 3.7 yards-per-carry.  He’s a good 3rd down back catching passes and pass blocking. Running between the tackles and pushing piles forward I don’t see it.  

Looking at the preseason fantasy football rankings is interesting because Davis is significantly higher than I would have him.  I’ve seen rankings online across various websites with David Montgomery, James Robinson, Chase Edmonds, and J.K. Dobbins behind Davis in PPR formats.  I just don’t see it that way.  

One of the more surprising moves of the 2021 NFL draft was the Falcons trading away the 35th pick along with the 219th pick to the Broncos for the 40th and 114th. RB Javonte Williams out of North Carolina was the selection for Denver.  To say I was surprised Atlanta passed on drafting Williams would be an understatement.  I thought he would have been a perfect fit for what their offense needs.  I guess there’s a reason I run fantasy teams instead of real ones.  

Atlanta didn’t select a RB in their entire draft class. Reading the tea leaves from that move, it tells me the Falcons must be comfortable with what they have in the position group already.  Qadree Ollison is a name to keep track of this summer.  He’s more of a between the tackles runner than Davis.  One of the knocks on Ollison is his struggles in pass protection.  Missing assignments and getting your QB killed is one way you won’t see the field.  If Ollison can show improvement in pass protection this summer, he could force himself into more playing time.  Davis drafters may want to make sure to double back and select Ollison late.  For me, Davis is off limits and Ollison is on my radar as a lottery ticket.

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