The Atlanta Falcons already have one Arnold Schwarzenegger movie namesake on their team in John “The Predator” Abraham. Could the team now possibly be the home of “The Terminator”?
Fullback John Conner, who was waived by the New York Jets last week, has been battling MCL and hamstring injuries all season and reached an injury settlement with the Jets prior to his release. The current CBA precludes the Jets from being able to bring Conner back until late in the season. Until that time, Conner is free to sign with another team.
Conner, a 2010 5th round pick out of Kentucky, made his mark in the NFL during the sixth season of HBO’s NFL reality show ‘Hard Knocks,’ where his power blocking abilities were showcased. He became a big part of the early success of the Jets Ground-n-Pound offense, which has seemingly been grounded this season.
Atlanta has been on the lookout for a strong power blocking fullback since their 2012 5th round pick, Bradie Ewing, went down with a season-ending injury in the first preseason game of the year. Lousaka Polite has decently filled the void, but hasn’t been the blocking back that the Falcons need in their power running game.
The Falcons have not brought Conner in for a look yet, but speculation is that he could be on the radar should he be able to show that he has moved past the injuries that have plagued him this season.
Through six weeks, the undefeated Falcons rank 25th in the league in rushing yards, running for only 86.5 yards per game, a huge drop from Atlanta’s usual dominance in the running game. Part of this drop can be attributed to new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and his more pass intensified attack, but the lack of a power blocking fullback can’t be overlooked.