Ray Edwards: 'I was just the missing piece'

For months, a lot of Atlanta Falcons fans have been saying defensive end Ray Edwards might be the missing piece.

Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards

#91 DE

Minnesota Vikings

2010 STATS

  • Tot37
  • Solo28

  • Ast9

  • FF0

  • Sack8.0

  • Int0

Now that the Falcons have signed him, fans aren’t the only ones saying that.

“I definitely came to a great team who went 13-3 last year and hasn’t lost any key components,’’ Edwards told Daniel Cox. “I feel like I was just the missing piece.”

Is the defensive end who played for Minnesota really all that separates the Falcons from the Super Bowl? Time will tell. But let’s go on the assumption an already-good offense improves with the addition of receiver Julio Jones.

Let’s then say Edwards steps in and gives the Falcons somewhere around 10 sacks. In theory, that should at least put the Falcons in position to at least go deep into the playoffs.

But I see a few other things that have to happen on the Atlanta defense for the Falcons to have a real shot at winning the Super Bowl for the first time. They need defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a non-factor in his first two seasons because of a knee problem, to step up and be the dominant force the Falcons thought they were getting in 2009.

They also need second-year linebacker Sean Weatherspoon to stay healthy all year and make the kind of impact plays he was starting to make before he got banged up as a rookie. They also need a little more production out of cornerback Dunta Robinson now that teams know they can’t throw at Brent Grimes all day.

They also need one of their young cornerbacks to step up and become a dependable nickel back. The Falcons could also use a little more steady play, especially better tackling, out of young safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud.

If all that happens, then yeah, Edwards might end up being the final piece.