The Atlanta Falcons have signed four players since free agency officially began on Wednesday.
First, the team added a pair of offensive lineman in left guard James Carpenter and right guard Jamon Brown. Both lineman are massive humans, weighing more than 320 pounds each. Carpenter signed a four-year, $21 million deal while Brown agreed to a three-year, $12.75 million contract.
Both are expected to start in 2019.
Later in the week, the Falcons signed tight end Luke Stocker and running back Kenjon Barner. Stocker has never caught more than 16 passes in a season, so one has to assume he's going to be utilized more as a blocking tight end than a pass catcher. The Falcons still have Austin Hooper anyway, so they don't necessarily need Stocker to catch passes.
Barner is a slightly more curious addition, but he does provide depth at running back. That's something the Falcons definitely needed with Tevin Coleman leaving to sign a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers.
Have you noticed what these four players have in common? They all play offense.
After about a week of free agency, Atlanta's offseason plan has become clear. The Falcons are going to use what little cap space they have to address the tinier holes they have on offense while dedicating almost their entire 2019 draft to the defensive side of the ball. Atlanta might have to hope two or three of those picks becoming starters on defense in 2019.
So far, the plan is working. The Falcons have strengthened their weaknesses on offense. However, they still need to draft well to get back to the playoffs this fall.