The Atlanta Falcons have spent their offseason resources almost exclusively beefing up their defensive line.
The latest new face to join the Falcons is 26-year-old defensive tackle Dontari Poe who had some solid years with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe is a semi-freakish athlete that possesses an inordinate amount of quickness for a big man.
The former first round pick started 76 games with the Chiefs and notched 13 sacks within that time span heading to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014.
The only problem is that his production drastically decreased after his apex.
Last season only produced 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
The lack of results is why his 8 million dollar “prove it” deal is for a single year.
Falcons GM General Manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed his reasoning behind the signing with the team’s website.
“Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket,” Dimitroff said. “He will add to our defensive line group and will mix nicely with [Vic] Beasley, [Grady] Jarrett, [Derrick] Shelby and [Adrian] Clayborn. We are happy to be able to add him to our roster.”
Atlanta obviously plans to win the war in the trenches in the upcoming season. This is a plus as their division is loaded at the quarterback position.
Their NFC South opponents are led by Drew Brees, Cam Newton and an emerging Jameis Winston.
Look for Atlanta to spend 2017-18 using aggravation tactics to get the job done.
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