The Atlanta Falcons have featured more defensive line depth this season than since perhaps the franchise’s run to the Super Bowl during the 2016 season.
But, as is the case with a lot of NFL teams, injuries have taken their toll for Atlanta’s defensive front.
So, to shore up the defensive line, the Bleacher Report NFL staff argued the Falcons should sign free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
“With Grady Jarrett out for the year, and David Onyemata banged up, the Falcons could use some interior pass-rushing help,” the BR NFL staff wrote. “Suh was a quality rusher in Philadelphia during its Super Bowl run last year, and he could help Atlanta down the stretch of the season.”
The Falcons lost defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for the season on October 30 because of an ACL injury. Fellow defensive tackle David Onyemata missed the Week 10 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. He returned in Week 12 after the team’s bye.
At 36 years old, Suh is far from the disruptive force he was during his prime. From 2010-14, he made first-team All-Pro three times and second-team All-Pro once.
He also won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.
But while he’s on the wrong side of 35, Suh does have experience joining a team after the midseason point. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Suh on November 17 last year. In eight regular season games, Suh posted 10 combined tackles, 2 quarterback hits and 1 sack.
Suh also had 2 combined tackles and 3 quarterback hits in 3 playoff games. His efforts helped the Eagles advance to the Super Bowl.
Suh averaged 22 defensive snaps during his eight regular season games last season. If he could play a similar amount for the Falcons during the 2023 stretch run, Atlanta’s defensive line would feature a deeper rotation and stouter front against the run and in pass-rushing situations.
The Atlanta Falcons defense has allowed at least 122 rushing yards in four straight games.
Atlanta’s pass rush has improved from last year, but it could still be better as well. Atlanta’s defense has 9 sacks in the past four contests.