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If 30 isn’t the new 20 then the Falcons may have some problems in 2019." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteThe Falcoholican Atlanta Falcons communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsLibraryFalconsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Falcons have the 2nd most players over 30New Blue Deion Sanders Jersey ,13commentsIf 30 isn’t the new 20 then the Falcons may have some problems in 2019.EDTShareTweetShareShareFalcons have the 2nd most players over 30Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesIt felt like the Falcons were getting younger this offseason with the release of a number of veterans, including Brooks Reed, Matt Bryant, Bruce Irvin, Andy Levitre, and Derrick Shelby, but the team remains surprisingly old.The young core of defensive playmakers is apparently surrounded by a group of elderly players. Jimmy Kempski runs the numbers every offseason, and yet again, the Falcons are one of the older teams in the NFL.How is this even possible? Newly signed players like Luke Stocker, Adam Gettis, Adrian Clayborn, James Carpenter, and Kenjon Barner are 30 or above to go with the familiar over-30 crowd of Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan Best Takkarist McKinley Jersey , Julio Jones, Alex Mack, Matt Bosher, and a few depth players. That puts the Falcons at 14 players over 30, with about six expected as starters. Considering those starters are Matt Ryan, Alex Mack, Matt Bosher, Julio Jones, Josh Harris, and Jack Crawford, that’s not a bad setup. This is sometimes a concerning stat suggesting teams are not built for the future. However, the Falcons have a number of successful drafts, have retained their players, and have not been big spenders in free agency. NFL players get lots and lots of gear over the course of a season. Gloves Adult Takkarist McKinley Jersey , cleats, practice jerseys, hoodies, and more all accumulate as the weeks wear on. Most gets thrown into an athlete’s rotation, worn for a bit and then replaced with newer, better items.But if a player never shows up, that gear builds up into piles. And if he sits out the entire season, like Le’Veon Bell is doing in Pittsburgh, that pile of equipment and clothing becomes fair game.The Steelers cleaned out Bell’s locker Wednesday, one day after his final deadline to report to practice before being disqualified from the season came and went without an appearance from the veteran tailback. That meant anything left behind was up for grabs. For linebacker Bud Dupree, that meant some new cleats. “I appreciate the cleats my guy, you know what I’m saying,” Dupree told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I hope for you the best, but I’m taking all of this on right now.”It wasn’t just cleats that were going fast Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , although those were a popular item and a nice bonus for the team’s hard working practice squad players. Some of Bell’s leftover personal items got tossed into the mix as well.But while the team may have been frustrated by Bell’s failure to report, Fowler reported the raid on his old locker seemed “more playful than malicious.”Update: It looks like most of Bell’s stuff is getting sent to him. No word on Dupree’s new cleats, however.It’s just the next step in the Steelers’ journey beyond BellBell refused to play under the franchise tag this fall, forfeiting $14.54 million in salary in order to stay healthy in his quest for a long term deal with major guaranteed money in 2019. While that’s kept the former All-Pro out of Pittsburgh’s lineup, the emergence of second-year tailback James Conner has eased the pain of losing Bell. Conner currently ranks second in the NFL with 771 rushing yards and also has 39 receptions through nine games.That’s made the Steelers eager to put Bell’s holdout in their rear view.“You know what the thing about it he is not here, he’s not going to be here, so we don’t talk about it,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media Wednesday afternoon. “I texted him yesterday before the deadline saying I hope he is going to show up, and if he decided not to then I wish him the best. He was a great teammate here, a great football player. To each his own on what they want to walk away from.”Pittsburgh finally got some closure in the Bell situation when he failed to report before the Nov. 13 deadline. Divvying up the former All-Pro’s stuff falls somewhere near the “acceptance” stage of the Kubler-Ross model. The question now is whether or not any of the team’s linemen were able to fit into any of Bell’s old gear, or if the Steelers’ larger gentlemen were left in the lurch one final time by their former teammate.
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