What a difference a year made for the Atlanta Falcons.
They lost their first two games last season before settling with a 7-10 regular season finish.
This year, they’ve won their first two games against the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers.
Rookie running back Bijan Robinson is a massive factor in their early success, and head coach Arthur Smith applauded him for his efforts.
“When I saw Bijan Robinson in person and watched em work, I knew he was different…We knew he had the right mindset, and every day, he does something that’s not normal,” Smith said in his recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show.
"When I saw Bijan Robinson in person and watched em work I knew he was different..
We knew he had the right mindset and every day he does something that's not normal"
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 22, 2023
Robinson was an asset to the Texas Longhorns in both facets of their offense.
He had 60 catches for 805 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons.
However, he brought a punishing ground attack to the team, finishing with 3,410 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns.
Two weeks into the 2023 NFL season, Robinson has been everything the Falcons desired when they selected him eighth overall this year.
He had 83 total yards and a touchdown during his first-ever NFL game.
He torched the Packers a week later with 124 rushing and 48 receiving yards one week later.
Robinson covers a lot of ground on offense, allowing offensive coordinator Dave Ragone to be creative on where to line him up.NEXT: Bijan Robinson Opens Up On Hard-Fought Win Against Packers