Atlanta Falcons: Sophomore Breakout Candidates

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May 26, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn shown on the field during OTA at Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve previously highlighted how the Atlanta Falcons are going to need strong seasons from their rookies but they will also hope to see their sophomores take a big leap too. They now have a whole year under their belts getting accustomed to the NFL and fully grasping the level of commitment required to be NFL starters.

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The Falcons are placing a lot of their chips on player development. The new schemes should streamline the mental aspects of what they see, thus allowing the players more time to work on their technique and studying tendencies in the film room.

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How much they can improve is up to the coaching staff and the players themselves. Dan Quinn has assembled together a large group of coaches, or teachers as he likes to say, to keep up his end of the bargain. Now it’s up to the players to put in the work needed to get good. You reap what you sow.

With that said, there are 4 sophomores who I believe are in prime position to be important players this upcoming season.

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