The Falcons are really looking to make a splash this season with their linebacking corps with the absence of veteran Sean Witherspoon.
Atlanta has really solidified this group of linebackers with the Tuesday acquisition of Paul Angerer, who is entering his fifth season in the NFL. Angerer played his first four years with the Colts where he was a solid contributor to Greg Manusky’s 3-4 defense two of those years.
Angerer is so impressive that in his first career start with the Colts in 2010 he registered 11 tackles, a sack, and two passes defended. The following season he lead the Colts in total tackles with 148 after starting all 16 regular season games.
With training camp starting it will be interesting to see how Angerer, who signed with Atlanta on a one-year deal, gets acquainted with this Falcons’ defense who themselves are switching to the 3-4 as their base scheme.
Angerer is a solid addition to the Falcons defense and can make his presence felt immediately on this roster. He has already proven himself as an agile defensive specimen in the NFL with his aggressive tackling ability.
Not only is Angerer a skilled tackler who can be disruptive in the defensive backfield but he is also a skilled zone coverage linebacker. Angerer’s impeccable skills at defending against the zone could prove especially crucial for shutting down cross routes and other intermediate routes in the red zone where Atlanta has struggled drastically last year. His versatility will be an added bonus for this Falcons’ defense.
However, the competition at the linebacker position for the Falcons is extremely stiff and will continue to intensify at the beginning of camp. With this in mind Angerer is expected to work extremely hard in workouts and drills during camp in order to claw his way into a starting gig come kickoff weekend in September.