One of the more surprising moves the Atlanta Falcons made before matching up against the Eagles was making Wayne Gallman inactive. Gallman is one of the few running back options Atlanta has on their roster.
After starter Mike Davis Atlanta has Cordarrelle Patterson who is also a return man and backup receiver. A lot of responsibility and potential injury without someone behind him.
Gallman is coming off of a solid 2020 campaign with the Giants that saw him finish with 682-rushing yards and averaging 4.6 yards per tote for New York.
Wayne Gallman has put together a solid enough career for the Atlanta Falcons to give him a chance
Atlanta badly needs a rushing attack to help hide a porous offensive line. Adding Gallman to the mix in week two is a good move for a team that has nothing to lose. Pairing his with Davis and Patterson is a good way to keep all three players fresh and give them all a chance to prove they can contribute.
We have seen around the league an increasing number of running back tandems and groups being deployed to keep running attacks fresh and add in different skill sets. Much like the Patriots have done for years or how the Browns have employed Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.
This is in no way to infer Atlanta’s running backs have this level of talent they don’t, however, it is a great system Atlanta should attempt to employ. Worst case scenario for Atlanta Gallman fails to make an impact and they move on. There are plenty of interesting free agents Atlanta could replace Gallman with.
In week one the Atlanta offense was stale and managed to score two field goals. How much worse could it look while giving Gallman a chance? Atlanta isn’t in a place to be picky about who contributes they should be willing to take any and all contributions including Wayne Gallman.