NFL 2022: Ranking the best supporting casts for every starting QB

November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kyle Pitts, NFL 2022
Feb 6, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; NFC tight end Kyle Pitts of the Atlanta Falcons (8) celebrates after scoring against the AFC during the Pro Bowl football game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

30. Atlanta Falcons, Marcus Mariota/Desmond Ridder

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, Damien Williams
WR: Drake London
WR: Olamide Zaccheaus
WR: Auden Tate
TE: Kyle Pitts, Anthony Firkser

The Atlanta Falcons somehow narrowly missed being at the very bottom of this list.

Were it not for the question marks regarding the health of Travis Etienne and the status of Laviska Shenault, the Falcons would have undoubtedly been no. 31 on this list.

Actually, to give the Falcons some credit where it’s due, they have one of the most unique players in the league in Cordarrelle Patterson, who has somehow become an effective running back late in his pro career.

We know Patterson is a dynamic returner and can make plays in space, but the fact that he became a consistently featured runner last year led to a new contract in 2022.

I love the Drake London pick for the Falcons, regardless of their QB situation. London is going to make Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder’s life a lot easier with his massive catch radius.

The same could be said for Pro Bowl tight end Kyle Pitts, who certainly proved himself worthy of the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft.

With Pitts and London together this season should be fun, anyway. The Falcons’ depth at the skill positions is downright pathetic, however.