NFL Analysis: 10 Atlanta Falcons Players Who Need to Play Big in 2012

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I want to propose a list of the ten players that need to improve before the start of the season. These guys are on the roster, but all are at risk to ride the bench.

#1 Joe Hawley- Here is a guard who a lot of people expected to make a impact in Atlanta. He is young and with a unproven line can compete for playing time.

#2 Peria Jerry- The former first round selection has been plagued with injuries and cannot seem to stay on the field long enough to do anything.

#3 Kerry Meier- Okay Kerry, this is the year you shut up everyone who questioned why Thomas Dimitroff selected a quarterback to play wide-out.

#4 Lawrence Sidbury- He has pass rushing ability, but hasn’t lived up to it.

#5 Dunta Robinson- Okay, he is a starter… but let’s be honest, this defense needs playmakers and he hasn’t made any plays since signing his tender.

#6 Lofa Tatupu- Lofa is a pro bowl caliber linebacker, but nobody knows if his time off will hamper his abilities on the field. Only time will tell.

#7 Dominique Franks- He has had chances early on in his career to earn playing time. So far he has failed to rise to the occasion, but he is young and can learn a lot from Samuel this year.

#8 Kroy Biermann- Kroy is the third defensive end on the roster. He shows flashes from time to time, but consistency seems to hinder his talent.

#9 Sam Baker- It is very obvious that I am an anti-Baker fan. I just cannot see how Atlanta can continue to allow him to start. Sam Baker was the happiest player on draft day when Atlanta passed on Mike Adams. It bought him time to improve, and I pray he took the opportunity…for Matt Ryan’s sake.

#10 Aron White- This undrafted free agent was recently signed by Atlanta. He has great size and speed to be a solid #2 tight end next to Tony Gonzalez. He should make the final roster due to his college pedigree. Even if you can't stand UGA, you have to respect that they churn out pro talent at the tight end position.

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