Falcons rookies to take field at mini-camp

Andrew, Allen and Denise McMillan are big supporters of Matthew Stafford.

Andrew, Allen and Denise McMillan are big supporters of Matthew Stafford.

HOCKEYTOWN, U.S.A. — Just getting back in the groove after my trip to Detroit to check out Matthew Stafford at the Lions rookie mini-camp.

It appears the plan is to let him learn and watch.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz came over from Tennessee and saw how rushing Vince Young out on the field may have stunted his development.

He’s also studied how the then Houston Oilers handled Steve McNair with kit gloves after the 1995 draft. The Lions want to guarantee Stafford’s success and don’t want to throw him to the wolves.

Before we move onto the Falcons mini-camp, wanted to share a few impressions from the Lions mini-camp:

1. Safety Louis Delmas is a beast! He was all over the field, playing at 100 miles an hour. The Western Michigan product and the first safety taken in the draft is going to make an instant impact.

2. Defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill from Stillman College is going to get some individual instruction. He is very raw.

3. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew didn’t look as smooth catching the ball as did at the NFL scouting combine. He’s going to be Stafford’s security blanket when Calvin Johnson is not open.

4. Also, Gerald Riggs Jr., son of the Falcons great, received a tryout. They were working him at fullback and halfback.

5. Went to my first hockey game ever! Thought it would be a good place to find some Lions fans for story on

Red Wing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson knows how to mix it up.

Red Wing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson knows how to mix it up.

Stafford. The atmosphere at Joe Louis was electric and I got to meet Red Wings Super Fan Mo Cheese. The Red Wings scored with 49.1 seconds to post a 3-2 victory.

6. NEW HERO — If I get into any trouble and need some muscle, I’m calling Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. Dude dropped the gloves and dished out a swift and decisive beat down of Anaheim’s Corey Perry, after the coach told him not to start any fights.

Well, onto the Falcons mini-camp also known a CAMP SMITTY.

The Falcons will have two practices on Friday and Saturday and one on Mother’s day. Both sessions on Saturday are open to the public. The first practice on Saturday starts at 10:30 a.m. with the gates opening at 9:30 a.m. The second practice starts at 4:15 p.m. with the gates opening at 3:15 p.m.

On Mother’s Day, there is 10:30 a.m. practice so the dinner reservation will have to be around 6 or 7 p.m.

Here are a couple of things we’ll be looking out for at the mini-camp. Remember, that mini-camp depth charts don’t mean a thing. Last season, Pat McCoy was lining at first string left tackle. Smith and his staff will use this time to cross-train folks.

However, how the secondary stacks up is going to be interesting to watch. Don’t be surprised if rookie Chris Owens is lining up with the No. 1s along with defensive tackle Peria Jerry and safety William Moore.
Smitty and the staff showed last year that they are not scare to play rookies. Matt Ryan, Chevis Jackson, Sam Baker, Curtis Lofton and Harry Douglas all received major playing time. Can’t see them going much deeper beyond Owens this year.

Defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is going to be interesting to watch.

Oh yeah, tight end Tony Gonzalez will make his Falcon debut at the mini-camp.

Do you plan to attend the mini-camp? Which rookie are you more interested in watching? Are you excited to see linebacker Michael Peterson and Gonzalez in the red and black?

212 comments Add your comment

Mike in Savannah

May 5th, 2009
3:26 pm

First? I’m more excited about Gonzo being a Falcon, but think that Peterson may end up being the better signing with a “comeback” year after being in Del Rio’s doghouse last year.

Olskool

May 5th, 2009
3:31 pm

the battle for the CB spots will be the most interesting for me. I hope there is great improvement this year from Chevis Jackson. no one is save i’d assume. not even Chris Houston.

Unca' Bob

May 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

DOL,

When Tony Gonzalez arrives at camp will he and Matt Ryan have any sort of rapport?
Owens an Moore interest me the most.

Marcus

May 5th, 2009
3:43 pm

DOL,
One interesting note (a recrruing theme on the success of Falcons ‘08 rookies) is that SI’s Don Banks has a list of top 20 2nd year players who need to show something this year ….and it does us well that nary a Falcon player was on the list. Hope the trend condintues with this draft and that 2nd year players (’08 draftees) for the Falcons who may find themselves as starters (Chevis, etc.) acquit themselves well this year and beyond.

michaelgee

May 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

wtf does Matthew Stafford anything have to do in a Falcon news area.
Are you showing your real colors DLed?
Not even a Falcon fan first, sheesh!

Reno 911

May 5th, 2009
3:53 pm

I’m interested in the rookies, of course, but also interested in hearing about the health/appearance/movement of Trey Lewis and Robert James, and how they might fit into the mix, both returning from injury.

YuleeFalcon

May 5th, 2009
3:54 pm

Nice to hear about Camp Smitty. I hope it is well sprayed to kill any injury bugs. Who do you think is going to be opposite Abraham? I’ll be curious to see where J Andersen falls out after all the “camping”.

On a side note, any intrest from the front office in ex-Steeler Foote? Maybe too pricey?

Thanks D-Led and keep on keeping on.

P.S. anyone heard from that “one heartbeat” guy in a while?

Reno 911

May 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

Add Thomas Brown to that list, too. My hope is that the addition of Gonzalez as a receiving threat and the healthy return of Brown might reduce some of the carries heaped on Turner. History doesn’t bode well for RBs who rack up consecutive years of carries in the amount that Turner amassed last year. It’s unsustainable.

Glenn

May 5th, 2009
4:03 pm

I have to agree with michaelgee; if this is a Falcons blog let’s talk about the Falcons, okay? I also have to agree with YuleeFalcon; I’d like to know whether there’s any interest in ex-Steeler Foote.

who dat man!!!!!!!

May 5th, 2009
4:05 pm

Falcons suck!! Go Saints! 2009 NFC SOUTH CHAMPIONS! Why? We have Reggie “the real burner” Bush!!

Poor McKay

May 5th, 2009
4:08 pm

DOL, can Thomas Brown and Jason Snelling both make the roster? The CB competition will certainly be the highlight between now and the first game of the season. That and how things shake out on the D-line.

Joe

May 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

Jeez, how pathetic is is that a guy who writes for the Atlanta paper comes right out and admits what a garbage product the Thrashers are. No wonder this paper is going bankrupt.

You do know that there is a hockey team in Atlanta, right Orlando? In fact, they play right next to the Falcons. Pitiful.

D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

May 5th, 2009
4:10 pm

MICHAELGEE: Some crossover interest in Stafford. He did play in Georgia and probably watched a Falcon game or two. He also plans to talk to Matt Ryan about handling the rookie pressure. We can have some visitors from time to time.

RENO911: Thomas Brown and Trey Lewis. We also need a Ben Hartsock update.

YULEEFALCON: Yeah, we need the “one heartbeat” guy. Love that stuff.

Had some really cool hockey pictures to post, but they rotated upside down when I uploaded them. Would have made y’all dizzy as heck.

mryan

May 5th, 2009
4:12 pm

The only thing burning from Reggie is his crotch from his girlfriend.

long time falcon

May 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

DOL, would you please keep an eye on Trey Lewis this weekend and give us an update asap. I would be very interested in knowing how the big fella looks after the ACL injury. I thought this kid showed a lot of promise as a rookie and I hope he can return to pre-injury form and help us out next year. Lewis , babs, and perry would give us a quality defensive tackle rotation.

Falconless in Seattle

May 5th, 2009
4:25 pm

We should sign the ex-Steeler Foote! If we could get one more quality linebacker I would feel a lot better about this defense. Our offense is set though. We have a pro bowl caliber player at every ball handling position.

Unca' Bob

May 5th, 2009
4:50 pm

Falconless in Seattle

Foote is rumored to be interviewed by Detroit this week. He’s from Detroit and wants to play there.

SPS

May 5th, 2009
4:55 pm

Not sure where Thomas Brown fits in this year. Snelling’s contract was extended, so management obviously likes him, and he is also a backup fullback. TB had a good chance to make the roster last year as a punt returner. But Douglas now seems to have filled that role nicely. Maybe TB can be a slot receiver and take Robinson’s spot?

WR

May 5th, 2009
4:58 pm

D-Led, I’m looking forward to seeing William Moore, I want to see all the rookies and who doesn’t want to see how Gonzo fits in, but Moore could be a real key to the defense this year. If he returns to form and is pass the injury bud that plagued his senior season watchout. Also, I’m looking forward to the upgrade in speed the falcons were looking to add, as a lifetime fan of the birds I have looked forward to a speedy defense for quite some time now.

Reno 911

May 5th, 2009
5:05 pm

Good point on Douglas potentially being a good fit for the return spot, SPS, and Brown’s potential value to the team being less as a result. Whoever it is, I’d love if there could be a third running back to reduce Turner’s carries, beyond Norwood’s third-down role.

D3

May 5th, 2009
5:07 pm

Good Afternoon Gents! Love to see the Bird-Cage is alive and well after the post-draft buzz has died down a little. Its pretty easy since DOL rocks it out during this down time. Along with DOL’s great blog posts, we got a few things to keep the Falcons and Football talk alive and well through the upcoming drought.

DOL – great job as always. Goin’ above and beyond helping us Football junkies out during this upcoming Football deficiency period. But bro’, that’s your first ever hockey game? C’mon DOL, we got the Thrashers in town and its a blast seeing it in person. I think with Anderson as their coach and some young talent, they’re finally on the way up. I think they took a page out of TD’s playbook and developing young talent instead of band-aiding the problems.

D-Town – I think Detroit had a hella draft. Getting Stafford was a given and nabbing Pettigrew was a great pick-up as a security blanket. If they can get some blocking they might have a little ‘bit of an OFF with Stafford, Calvin, Pettigrew, & Kevin Smith. More to come on our NFC North Draft Analysis.

Mini-camp – can’t wait to get a peak at the new rooks, Peterson, and particularly TG. Gonna love to see #88 in red and black come out of the tunnel. Looking forward to seeing ALL the rooks, but in particular Dub-Mo(William Moore) & The Sid(Sidbury). Agree that Owens will most likely be the main that will push form playing time, but I can seriously see Sidbury working his way into a serious rotation with his MAD skills. I can also see Dub-Mid(Middleton) working his way into a dime or quarter rotation.

D3

May 5th, 2009
5:14 pm

Be sure to get in on our Rookie of the Year Competition and Divisional Draft Grade Analysis.

Rookie of the Year Competitions
D3
OFF – 1)Beanie Wells, 2)Jeremy Maclin, 3)Mark Sanchez
DEF – 1)Brian Orakpo, 2)Aaron Curry, 3)Larry English

Reno911
OFF – 1)Mark Sanchez, 2)Beanie Wells, 3)Pat White
DEF – 1)Aaron Curry, 2)William Moore, 3)BJ Raji

Unca’ Bob
OFF – 1)Mark Sanchez, 2)Beanie Wells, 3)Hakeem Nicks
DEF – 1)Aaron Curry, 2)William Moore, 3)Brian Orakpo

Stirg(tentative)
OFF – 1)Donald Brown, 2)Jeremy Maclin, 3)Jason Smith
DEF – more research

NFC South Draft Grades
D3
Tampa Bay – C+, Carolina – B, New Orleans – D, ‘Birds – B+

Stirg
Tampa Bay – C+, Carolina – A-?, New Orleans – C-

Unca’ Bob
TB-C+, CA-B+, NO-D, AF-B+

NFC South Drafts

New Orlean Saints
1 14 Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
4 116 Chip Vaughn S Wake Forest
4 118 Stanley Arnoux LB Wake Forest
5 164 Thomas Morstead P SMU

Carolina Panthers
2 43 Everette Brown DE Florida State
2 59 Sherrod Martin S Troy
3 93 Corvey Irvin DL Georgia
4 111 Mike Goodson RB Texas A&M
4 128 Tony Fiammetta FB Syracuse
5 163 Duke Robinson OT Oklahoma
7 216 Captain Munnerlyn CB South Carolina

Tampa Bay Bucs
1 17 Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
3 81 Roy Miller DT Texas
4 117 Kyle Moore DE USC
5 155 Xavier Fulton OT Illinois
7 217 E.J. Biggers CB Western Michigan
7 233 Sammie Stroughter WR Oregon State

Atlanta Falcons
1 24 Peria Jerry DT Mississippi
2 55 William Moore S Missouri
3 90 Christopher Owens CB San Jose State
4 125 Lawrence Sidbury Jr. DE Richmond
5 138 William Middleton CB Furman
5 165 Garrett Reynolds OT North Carolina
6 176 Spencer Adkins LB Miami
7 210 Vance Walker DT Georgia Tech

DOL’s doin’ his part, so we gotta do ours and keep the Falcons and NFL Mojo going through this Football deprivation.

Moving on to include NFC East Draft Analysis tonight.

SeminoleWarrior

May 5th, 2009
5:22 pm

What’s up Posse. I’ll definately tune in via the website for mini-camp updates this weekend. Additionally, D O-Led will do his usual fine job of keeping things current here. Got to head to NC to see the young warrior prior to his deployment to Afghanistan. Keep him and his peers in your prayers please.

Now…football, definately will be following Owens and Moore during the camp/drills. I think they both have a chance to start this fall. Jerry willbe interesting to watch as well; want to see his intensity. Big Sam Baker’s back should be 100% so that will be an asset and I’m curious if Foster will be retained as a backup for both RT and LT. The linebacker situation will be where most of my attention will be focused as well. I think that James will content for a more active role. Nicholas will be the wild card; I hope he is ready to assume the role at SLB. I truly wish I could see Nicholson and Christopher. D3, WR, I’m counting on you to make the roll to the Branch and provide updates.

ONE NATION!!! FALCON NATION!!

kappellmeister

May 5th, 2009
5:28 pm

YULEE and DOB- Barry, aka “one heartbeat” is busy doing his same, tired bantor over on the Hawks blog at the moment….

SeminoleWarrior

May 5th, 2009
5:52 pm

Rookie of the Year Competition:

Defensive: 1) William Moore 2) Aaron Curry 3) Clay Matthews
Offensive: 1) Mark Sanchez 2) Donald Brown 3) Chris Wells

Moore will have the most significant impact of any rookie on the Falcons roster this season. His speed, coverage skills, and ability to make the play will transition our deep secondary. He and Coleman will form the best safety tandem in the NFC South for years to come. Expect 70 tackles or so and 5 interceptions from Moore.

Draft Grades: Atlanta: A; ATL got Jerry and Moore who will contribute immediately. Both bring intensity to positions of need. They will make a major difference this season. Ther rest of the draft adds needed depth though Owens and Middleton have the look of future stars.

TB: C+ They got their QB of the future though the re-building there is just beginning. Miller will be a steal at DT and they also added situational depth. Having watched the dish, keep an eye on the kid Stroughter from Oregon State…the man has serious speed.

NO: C-; Malcolm Jenkins at last gives the Saints secondary a ray of hope.

Carolina: B. Brown will be a major player for the Panthers. The key is whether it will be at DE or at OLB. The “Duke” was a major steal for them as he will enhance that running attack big time. Not looking forward to that at all.

snoozin till training camp

May 5th, 2009
6:03 pm

This bloggin’ is addictive. Three cheers to Algore for inventing this thing. Er, um sorry.
I think TB will be in the mix to return kickoffs, maybe help out at rb some. Snellings’ a valuable back who can play both positions. Problem is, will they carry three tailbacks? If you consider Snelling a backup to Ovie, then you still have three tailbacks with Brown being number three. And if they use Snelling as a backup to both spots, TB will have a tough road.
BUT, let’s get through this summer of two minor league baseball teams in town so we can start Falcons camp! Go Birds!!!

Frustrated in the ATL

May 5th, 2009
6:33 pm

I want to know one thing. Why in the world does an ignorant ex-Falcon quarterback, that PROVED he was too stupid for the public to put up with, still get bigger billing than the current Atlanta Falcons do in the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION? You guys shoving a convict down our throat is just pi_ _ing me off! Is anyone else in Atlanta getting as upset about this as I am? If you AJC writers enjoy keeping a cons every move noted for you children, I feel very sorry for you. I would think that there are plenty of great stories, involving great people, for you to use as a headliner. If I were a member of the current Falcons that are busting their buns each and every day trying to be good role model type citizens, I would insulted! Again, I was wondering if other Atlantans feel this way. Thanks

row3

May 5th, 2009
6:38 pm

DOL..I hope to hear you talking about W Moore flying around the field and looking like a Madman.

cutter

May 5th, 2009
6:42 pm

Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Verron Haynes, Thomas Brown…5 RB’s on the roster currently. Brown is the only one with no stats, Haynes was just signed recently. Brown coming off of an IR rookie season is on the bubble.

cutter

May 5th, 2009
6:53 pm

D.O.L.- Any info on contract talks for Roddy White and Jerious Norwood and is Todd McClure still holding out?

cutter

May 5th, 2009
7:00 pm

And what is Tyson Clabo waiting on to sign his Tender offer?

Dylan w/o the dead

May 5th, 2009
7:24 pm

I want to see a healthy year from thomas brown i think he could be amongst the elite return men in the league if his injury didnt slow him down too much. I also think TD knows about the curse of 370 and is making sure the falcons have some depth at running back cause it very well may be needed next season.

Unbiased AJC Coverage?

May 5th, 2009
7:31 pm

I agree with MICHAELGEE. When a FALCONS fan reads the FALCONS blog, you would expect it to contain FALCON news. If you claim crossover interest, why did the AJC not post Detroit mini-camp updates when Calvin Johnson was drafted. How about about a Vance Walker or a John Parker Wilson update? Those two players are listed on the Falcons roster, yet they do not make the cut since they played and beat your beloved Bulldogs. Just cover Falcons football and leave the college coverage for the UGA and Tech pages. Instigating college rivalry banter on a NFL blog does not equate to quality sports reporting.

cutter

May 5th, 2009
7:35 pm

Unfortunately, Thomas Brown is injury-prone. He was set to make the roster last season as a returner but injuries make teams move on.

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May 5th, 2009
8:04 pm

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falcon21

May 5th, 2009
10:03 pm

Unfortunately cutter, the horse collar tackle injures alot of players and that’s what happened to TB. TB is a good return man and that gives him the upper hand on VH. Ovie is too good of a blocker to let go, Snelling runs hard every time he touches the ball and can block. Turner and Norwood are not going anywhere. If an injury occurs then VH would be great to have around. I just hope it don’t happen.

falcon21

May 5th, 2009
10:10 pm

By the way, mars if you are on here, thanks for the info from the other blog!

Gumbo

May 5th, 2009
10:11 pm

They’ll likely keep 4 RBs if Snelling is B/U fullback and both he and Brown (or Haynes) are active on Special Teams. I liked what we saw from Brown B4 he got hurt (and I’m a GT guy….).

falcon21

May 5th, 2009
10:19 pm

Well said Gumbo, I’m a UGA guy but we have to put that aside when it comes to the Falcons.

don pardo

May 5th, 2009
10:47 pm

First, who cares about the Lions? Even more so who cares about the Red Wings? I think we have at least 2 more rookie starters, plus Owens will play in the 5 and 10 cent packages, Sidbury will be playing on passing downs, no later than mid season.

YuleeFalcon

May 5th, 2009
11:03 pm

Thanks for the info kappell, I smile every time the heartbeat guy posts; just silly I suppose. About as silly as seeing Vick headlines in the sports section. When it comes to MV, I only want to know:

1.) Have we traded him to another team and for what/whom
2.) When will his salary stop hurting us cap-wise.

Other than that, I don’t even read the articles.

MattyB

May 5th, 2009
11:09 pm

Ledbetter, I can’t believe you have the job you have and the resume` you have, but just attended your first hockey game???? You know, there’s this little, fledgling, wannabe hockey team here in ATL. I think they’re called the Trashers or something. You might want to check them out sometime. You might even find a way to segue Ilya Kovalchuk into the Falcons blog.

MattyB

May 5th, 2009
11:12 pm

Sorry about that cheap shot, D-Led. But I’m a Yellow Jacket and don’t like wrinkle-faced, slobbering bullpups infiltrating my beloved Falcons blog. BTW, I hope you got as much enjoyment out of your first hockey game as I did. When you see it in person, it tends to get in your blood.

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 5th, 2009
11:20 pm

D.O., wish I had known you were here in Detroit; would’ve invited you down to a set (I play drums for a band here in the D). I’ve never been to a Red Wings game either; hell, I’m from Atlanta and I have never been to neither a Thrasher nor a Flames game (remember the Atlanta Flames?). Since coming to the D, I’ve been trying to get into the Lions but its hard when you’ve been bleeding red and black all your life. Incidently, the local news here is reporting that Larry Foote is coming to town. I’ve noted a number of inquiries in this blog. With everyone anticipating Detroits play this season, I’m sure you’ll be back in town. Let me know when and the Red Stripes are on me. Its some good music in this town, as you could imagine.

D3, thanks for the info. I’ll definitely dispatch the “House CEO” and research the tax credits. Good lookin’!

My defensive rookie of the year award went solely to William Moore. I’m going out on a limb here but I think the rookie is going to play like a vengeful beast. With that vengence, I expect him to bring home the award. Please adjust my submission to defensive rookie of the year.

Also (its not that important, considering I dislike our divisional foes), I didn’t mean to give Carolina Panthers an “A”. I’m not certain if the tone of my entry dictated that; nonetheless, I grade them with a “B-”. Tampa Bay made a “C+”; and New Orleans made a flat out “D”.

I won’t be able to attend the Falcon’s camp this year but I’m depending on the bird watchers to give me a sitrep (situation report) on the activities. I’m particularly interested in William Moore. I hope someone describe his play like D.O. described Louis Delmas (I think Delmas is on overdrive for being a hometown favorite). Moore is playing with anger and something to prove. I also want a sitrep on the Sid. Although he may be more polished than Sammie Hill, I think he’d benefit from individual intructions as well. Can anyone give me the most likely combinations (or greatest scenario) for our defensive line? Is it Abe/Jerry/Babs/Anderson or Abe/Lewis/Jerry/Anderson or Abe/Lewis/Babs/Sidbury?

Seminole Warrior, tell the trooper to hang in there. Get with a click that’s got your back and find a battle buddy that’ll guard your life. My drill sergeant once told me “don’t die for your country; kill, and let the enemy die for his country.”

Back to football…I’d interested in Nicholas’ performance too; but I think his return is at weakside linebacker. He played some strongside but looked lost. When he came into the league, he played mostly on the weakside and played like a monster. Let’s not forget, the defensive scheme calls for interchangeable linebackers. So, Peterson, Nicholas and Lofton could be shoe-ins. Everyone else will compete for depth or starting positions.

Florida Falcon

May 5th, 2009
11:46 pm

Damn, Orlando Bedwetter is the black Orville Redenbacher! Popcorn anyone? Just messing with you. Seriously though, what’s up with the Detroit blog! This Atlanta, keep it in the Atl, when it comes to a “Falcons” blog. BTW- “WHODAT” can go back to that cesspool called New Orleans and stick Bush and Brees where the sun don’t shine!

D3

May 5th, 2009
11:51 pm

Mike in Sav. – agreed that Peterson is a real dark horse to be comeback player of the year. Before his squabble with Del Rio, he was one of the best LB’s in the NFL.

Olskool – you’re right about the competition at CB. I think Chevis Jackson had a very good year as a nickel back, particularly as a rookie. Last year we only carried 4 CB’s: Houston, Foxworth, Grimes, & Jackson. We did carry 4 safeties as well; so Grimes, Irons, A.Harris, Fudge, & even Hutchins might be on the hot seat. I have a hard time seeing a fifth rounder (Middleton) not making the squad.

michaelgee – understood about other teams, but in DOL’s defense I just think that since this is such a dead-time of year for the Falcons, that analyzing other teams gets the NFL talk rolling, JMHO. Personally, I’d rather have any team talk than no football talk at all.

Reno(aka The Champ) – I definitely think Robert James is one of the more intriguing stories of the camp. Assuming Nicholas, Lofton, & Peterson wrap up the starting LB positions, and Wire/Gilbert back up. James will be fighting against Adkins(R) & UDFA Nicholson, and I still don’t rule out The Sid as potentially making the switch to OLB with his mad skills and ability. You gotta get in on our Division/Team Draft Grades & Analysis.

Glenn – JMO, I think that our interest in Foote is pretty small since he would command starting pay, and I think that the Falcons are pretty high on giving Wire, Nicholas, James, Sidbury, & Nicholson a chance to win the job. Also, looks like he’s close to a deal with the Lions:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hCnjzJ5WwLXHGBQOQGiqFboUE0CgD980FD180

Poor McKay – where you been bro’? You gotta get in our friendly competitions to keep the Falcons/NFL mojo going through this upcoming dry spell. I’m really intrigued as well in the TBrown-Snelling issue. They competed directly for a spot last year and TBrown was on his way to winning the job when he got cheap-shotted.

mryan – GREAT LINE!

SPS – good analysis on the TBrown-Snelling competition. Since they just re-upped Snelling’s contract, I too would think that if it comes down to one spot, then Snelling obviously has the edge. For some reason, I think Snelling projects more as a backup FB and TBrown is a good 3rd down/versatile back who can return kicks and punts. There may be room for both.

WR – did you see my response to your idea on the other blog? It’s a MASTERFUL IDEA! What a great way to keep the Falcons/NFL mojo going through the downtime. Mad props! How ’bout continuing the Rookie of the Year/Division-Team Draft Analysis through the rest of this week and start on Division analysis next week? Great work bro’!

Seminole – send my prayers and great wishes to your True Hero and wish him all the best from the Bird-Cage. Our true thanks to you, your family, and your son for giving the ultimate honor to our great country. Sorry man not going to be able to make it to the ‘branch. Spending some amazing quality time with my 1 month old future wide receiver.

Snoozin’ – you hit it right on the head. We’ve formed a great, pretty close-knit posse here on what has become to be known as “The Bird-Cage”. As has been described, ‘talking intelligent, good football with cool fans’. It has fast become a favorite hobby for many of us. Welcome.

Dylan – love the handle-name. Gotta admit that I love The Dead though.

cutter & row3 – where you guys been? Great to have you back.

falcon21 – what’s up bro’? Agreed on TBrown, He’s one of my all-time fav UGA players. He’ll outwork anybody in the weight room and field.

Boo Boo

May 5th, 2009
11:54 pm

Hey DOL, I ordered a Quarterpounder with CHEESE when I gave you my order at the drive-thru. I get home and its just a plain one. Maybe if you would stop texting in these reports while at your real job …?

Boo Boo

May 5th, 2009
11:59 pm

Kid Gloves – made from kid leather (see also Chamois leather), very commonly worn from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Will

May 6th, 2009
12:11 am

My thoughts on camp are hopefully the rookies get through it and start learning quickly cause we are gonna need’em to contribute right away. Plus, Sidbury’s nickname should be Sid Viscious!

shawwty man man

May 6th, 2009
1:02 am

we finally got it right wit dimitrof and smith, i think moore is going to be the black scott case and finally a mean DT in jerry- i gotta mention gonzo and peterson get ready 4 da take off!!! I predict 2 wining seasons in a row and o yeah matt ryan is da truth