2022 Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons are a typical Caste team, just 4 White starters and 14 total on the 53. They do have two interesting players though in LB Troy Andersen and WR Jared Bernhardt. Andersen was a 2022 second round draft pick out of Montana State after showing as perhaps the best athlete at any position at this year’s Combine in February. He did it all for Montana State, including excelling at running back and quarterback, but is playing strictly linebacker for the Falcons. He’s currently second string on the depth chart but should be starting by 2023 at the latest as the linebackers in front of him are mediocrities.

Jared Bernhardt made the roster as an undrafted free agent. Can’t say I know much about him but a search shows that he played lacrosse for Maryland, where he won the Tewaaraton Award as the nation's best player in that sport. He then followed that up by playing quarterback for Ferris State for one season. He’s listed at 6’1” and 195 pounds and is currently designated as a second string outside wide receiver for a team that is weak at that position, so we’ll see if he actually gets to see the field as a receiver, or is instead used strictly as a WSTD, or is quickly waived and out of the league. The best case scenario is that he follows the path of Chris Hogan, another outstanding college lacrosse player who led the NFL in yards per catch one year and was a key part of the Patriots’ stable of “overachieving” White receivers for several seasons.

Long-time stalwart Matt Ryan is now with the Colts, leaving Atlanta with no White QBs on their roster this year.

LT: Jake Matthews
C: Drew Dalman, Matt Hennessy
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Colby Gossett
RT: Kaleb McGary
WR: Jared Bernhardt
TE: Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser

LB: Troy Andersen, Nick Kwiatkoski, Nate Landman

Number of White Starters: 4
Total Number of Whites on the 53 man roster: 14
Grade: F

P: Bradley Pinion
LS: Liam McCullough

The practice squad is almost barren with just C Ryan Neuzel and TE Tucker Fisk
 

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The Falcons are a typical Caste team, just 4 White starters and 14 total on the 53. They do have two interesting players though in LB Troy Andersen and WR Jared Bernhardt. Andersen was a 2022 second round draft pick out of Montana State after showing as perhaps the best athlete at any position at this year’s Combine in February. He did it all for Montana State, including excelling at running back and quarterback, but is playing strictly linebacker for the Falcons. He’s currently second string on the depth chart but should be starting by 2023 at the latest as the linebackers in front of him are mediocrities.

Jared Bernhardt made the roster as an undrafted free agent. Can’t say I know much about him but a search shows that he played lacrosse for Maryland, where he won the Tewaaraton Award as the nation's best player in that sport. He then followed that up by playing quarterback for Ferris State for one season. He’s listed at 6’1” and 195 pounds and is currently designated as a second string outside wide receiver for a team that is weak at that position, so we’ll see if he actually gets to see the field as a receiver, or is instead used strictly as a WSTD, or is quickly waived and out of the league. The best case scenario is that he follows the path of Chris Hogan, another outstanding college lacrosse player who led the NFL in yards per catch one year and was a key part of the Patriots’ stable of “overachieving” White receivers for several seasons.

Long-time stalwart Matt Ryan is now with the Colts, leaving Atlanta with no White QBs on their roster this year.

LT: Jake Matthews
C: Drew Dalman, Matt Hennessy
RG: Chris Lindstrom, Colby Gossett
RT: Kaleb McGary
WR: Jared Bernhardt
TE: Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser

LB: Troy Andersen, Nick Kwiatkoski, Nate Landman

Number of White Starters: 4
Total Number of Whites on the 53 man roster: 14
Grade: F

P: Bradley Pinion
LS: Liam McCullough

The practice squad is almost barren with just C Ryan Neuzel and TE Tucker Fisk
Its frustrating that they are following in the footsteps on many college programs and going with an all non-White QB depth chart. Then to make matters worse, the 4/5 White offensive line will probably prop them up and give them good protection all year.

Nick Kwiatkoski stands out as another guy who's been jerked around by the CS. Always good enough to start, yet benched at a moments notice. I'm sure at this point he'll only be considered a depth piece and any serious consideration for starting is in the past.

Nate Landman is another interesting guy, as he really excelled in college at Colorado. Then this preseason he showed he could play. Another WTM if given the chance. Fun fact, he was born in Zimbabwe. He should refer to himself as an African American and maybe that will give him a better chance in the Caste NFL.....
 
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Yeah, I should have added a blurb about Kwiatkoski as I've been lamenting his treatment as long as he's been in the league, another White LB screwed by not being drafted early and not having a great 40 time but who has made his way around a football field very well every time he's had the opportunity to play.
 
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