issed practice Wednesday Logan Paulsen Jersey 2019 , resting his shoulder injury. It does not seem a major concern.Peterson, 33, has averaged 19 touches per game thus far, with 738 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns. Coach Jay Gruden doesn’t have a major concern about that either.“I really don’t ever think about his age or wearing him down,” Gruden said, via quotes distributed by the team. “He’s never come to me or Randy [Jordan] and said, ‘Hey, I need less workload; I need people to come in for me.’ If that happens, then sure I will take it off of him, but he’s playing so well right now, when we call a running play, he better be out there. No offense to the other backs that we have, he’s just playing really well Qadree Ollison Atlanta Falcons Jersey , and he’s handling the workload right now.“Every game is different. This week we might have to throw the ball a little more. They might load up the box, and we’ll have to throw it a little bit more, but right now he’s in a great place. He’s still feeling his way through some of these different types of runs that we have and he’s handling them extremely well, and I expect him to be a major part of our offense moving forward. He has to be right now, the way we are throwing the ball. Once we get the balance to where we want it, I think we can be a lot more effective on offense.”Washington had seven other players miss practice Wednesday: receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), guard Shawn Lauvao (calf), receiver Paul Richardson (shoulder/knee), running back Chris Thompson (rib), safety Montae Nicholson (neck/hip), tackle Trent Williams (thumb/shoulder) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (knee). As expected, the Falcons are going to largely (but not completely) focus on the defense in the 2019 NFL Draft"The Falcons are actually getting close to drafting some players, which is a welcome oasis in an offseason that has been notable for two starting guard signings Color Rush Qadree Ollison Jersey , the complete teardown of the coordinators, and long stretches of silence. The question, as you’d expect, concerns who exactly those picks will be.We don’t know that just yet, but Dan Quinn was kind enough to recently confirm that the team is going to be looking hard at defense, as essentially all their offseason moves suggested they would. Defensive tackle is a legitimate need, though the Falcons really only need a capable rotational player unless they want to swing for the fences. Defensive end is a legitimate need this year even if Takk McKinley, Vic Beasley, and Steven Means play well, and it’s a potentially massive need in 2020 if Beasley and Means don’t return. And the defensive backfield needs cornerback and safety depth, as Quinn notes, but that would preferably come in the form of long-term reserves who could start in a pinch, given the injury picture there a year ago and a lack of long-term options at cornerback beyond Desmond Trufant Qadree Ollison Atlanta Falcons Jersey , Isaiah Oliver, and Damontae Kazee. None of these identified needs are particularly surprising, but it would be surprising if the team doesn’t use three or four of their first six selections to address them. Notably absent from this list? Right tackle, the position that Arthur Blank and others around the Falcons and analyzing the Falcons have identified as a major long-term position of need. I still think right tackle is in play for the Falcons with pick #14, but my genuine hope is that they’re willing to hit the defense early and heavy, even if it means a year or two of Ty Sambrailo starting at the position. Who might they get? The Falcons have been linked to prospects from all three position groups mentioned above that are expected to go in the first round (like Brian Burns, Ed Oliver, and Deandre Baker) and toolsy mid-to-late rounders who fit their draft profiles (like rangy Eastern Michigan pass rusher Maxx Crosby or physical, tall Houston cornerback Isaiah Johnson). The Falcons have been able to nail some of those mid-to-late round defensive picks in recent years, from Grady Jarrett to De’Vondre Campbell to Foye Oluokun, and chances are they’ll need to do so again to improve this roster.