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Atlanta Falcons’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

5 Irreplaceable Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons may have been the biggest disappointment in the NFL in 2013. They went from a 13-game winner that one of the final four teams alive to a 12-game loser in the span of a year. This is still an extremely talented team that used their draft picks wisely and did the right things to get back to the dominant level that they were. They need to build around these five players' success this season to continue that process.

5. Jake Matthews

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5. Jake Matthews

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The Falcons used their No. 6 overall pick to take an offensive tackle. He could be a franchise centerpiece for over a decade if everything works out like they hope. He is used to protecting a mobile Johnny Manziel, so this job should be easier for him.

4. Osi Umenyiora

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4. Osi Umenyiora

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Osi Umenyiora showed last season that he still has a lot left to give the Falcons. Head coach Mike Smith talked about making him a designated pass rusher, and while he can thrive in that role, his confidence will force him into the starting lineup. He is still a great veteran presence in the locker room and can keep this team going in the right direction.

3. Julio Jones

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3. Julio Jones

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Two years ago it looked like Julio Jones was going to rocket himself into the stratosphere in terms of wide receiver play. He had all the tools to give Calvin Johnson as much competition as he has ever had for the best receiver in the NFL moniker. Jones was hurt all season, and we all saw how that affected the team. He needs to be healthy for the Falcons to be great.

2. William Moore

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2. William Moore

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With so much turnover in the Falcons' secondary, William Moore needs to take on a leadership role after his performance last season. He seems to have embraced that role. If he can lead this secondary to being better than last season, the team will be in much better shape.

1. Matt Ryan

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1. Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan is the most important piece to the Falcons' puzzle. He is everything they need to get to the promised land. If he can get back to being a top five QB then the Falcons can be close to a top five team. It's as simple as that.