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Atlanta's tweaks will be put to the test

Falcons may find out they were more than just a couple pieces away from title

Originally Published: October 6, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Falcons management reviewed the 2010 season and came up with two players they thought could put a 13-3 team over the top.

They put up five prime draft choices to move up in the first round and acquire explosive receiver Julio Jones. Management believed quarterback Matt Ryan needed one more weapon to create more explosive plays for a team getting only 6.5 yards per pass attempt. And Ray Edwards was signed as a second pass-rusher to pressure the quarterback.

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