The void left by Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann has been felt all season on defense as the team has tried to pick up the slack when it comes to the variety of things he can do. He’s been on injured reserve since he left in the first half of the second game of the 2013 season, meaning the Falcons got just about six quarters of work out of him this year.
An Achilles injury ended what looked to be a promising season of playing an extended role of hybrid, and he’s been working his way back to be ready to go for 2014.
Speaking to GoGriz.com recently, after being named the No. 23 greatest Big Sky athlete, Biermann said his recovery is going nicely.
“Things are moving along well. I couldn’t be happier with the progress,” Biermann told GoGriz.com. “The coaching staff and the organization are great. I’m excited to continue my progress and be ready for next year.”
Biermann’s attributes — speed, nose for the ball, power — are some of the biggest things the Falcons have missed this season. His head coach at Montana, Bobby Hauck, raved about Biermann’s athleticism in the piece.
“He was a great player for a lot of reasons,” Hauck said. “He was a gifted guy, who was fast, powerful, and explosive. He made himself more so because he trained so hard. He was a workaholic in the weight room. He was a smart player, and fiercely combative. He loved to battle, loved to get in there and mix it up. Saturday’s were the days he relished.”
One thing’s for sure: The Falcons are looking forward to the chance to relish Sundays with Biermann in 2014.