Tyler Allgeier made the most of his rookie campaign with the Atlanta Falcons this past season. Allgeier got an opportunity to tote the rock more often after Falcons star Cordarrelle Patterson went down with a knee injury early in the season. Allgeier took that opportunity and ran with it, literally, to the tune of 1,035 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 2022-23 season.
In a recent interview with The Falcoholic, Allgeier reminisced about his rookie season, stating that as the season went on he became more comfortable in the backfield:
“Once I started getting more reps, I started getting more comfortable,” Allgeier told The Falcoholic. “By the halfway point of the season, I had to remind myself that I’m here for a reason. I got to have fun doing what I love. That was another one of those times where I was just like I got to have fun. I worked my butt off to get here. I didn’t get here just because I want the check. I told myself you do all this because you love the game of football. You have a real passion for it.”
Allgeier steadily progressed throughout the season until he became a mainstay in Arthur Smith’s offense in Atlanta. The former BYU running back averaged nearly 5 yards per carry last season. He also showed his versatility by catching passes out of the backfield as well as protecting the two Atlanta quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder. Allgeier knows that he still has room to improve and that is something he has been working on this offseason.
“I’m still striving to be that complete back,” Allgeier told The Falcoholic. “The work’s far from done. Of course, I heard the labels of me just being a power back. I think I showed what I can do in all phases out of the backfield. I thought I protected Desmond and Marcus well. It’s all about learning the little details when it comes to blocking and finding comfortability in doing my role on passing plays. I’m going to continue to improve and not allow myself to rest on being satisfied with what I did. I proved a lot last year, but I know I can grow.”
It still remains to be seen how the Falcons will utilize Allgeier moving forward, but with Atlanta selecting Bijan Robinson with the NO. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft there will definitely be more competition in the Falcons running back room. All the more reason for Allgeier to continue to round out his game and become the complete back that he showed he can be during his time at BYU.
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