Falcons land at No. 26 in TD Wire’s new power rankings

Jackson State University Coach Deion Sanders shouts instructions to his team during their game against Edward Waters at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Jsu Edward Waters

With NFL training camps set to open across the league, the Atlanta Falcons aren’t a popular pick to return to the playoffs following their three-year drought.

It’s hard to imagine the Falcons being any worse than they were during last year’s four-win season, but the team’s lack of salary cap funds — which includes $22 million of dead money being paid to nine former players — prevented Atlanta from adding any top-tier free agents. First-round pick Kyle Pitts was pretty much the team’s only major offseason acquisition.

Touchdown Wire’s Mark Schofield dropped his pre-training camp power rankings on Wednesday and the Falcons came in at No. 26. In spite of trading away Julio Jones, arguably team’s best player, Atlanta is still trying to win this season. This has Schofield skeptical that the team can make a playoff run in 2021.

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