It’s OTA time for the Falcons

Second-year man Curtis Lofton calling signals in the defensive huddle at mini-camp. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Second-year man Curtis Lofton calling signals in the defensive huddle at mini-camp. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

OTAVILLE – Took a little post-draft, post-mini-camp break.

Back up and ready to roll through the Organized Team Activities, then there will be another break for us before training camp.

The Falcons start their OTAs tomorrow at 10:15 a.m.

They are allowed to have 14 sessions, which are to be non-contact drills and can last no longer than six hours. Only two of those hours can be spent on the field.

While the drills are to be non-contact, seven-on-seven passing drills are allowable. The drills are not mandatory, so it’s always an issue when a veteran or two doesn’t show up.

The Falcons were near 100 percent last season. Which makes sense with a new coaching staff. This year it will be interesting to see if any of the veterans elect to miss a few of the sessions.

The Falcons will practice again on Thursday.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank welcomes rookie safety William Moore. OTAs will be important for Moore in his quest to land a starting spot. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

Falcons owner Arthur Blank welcomes rookie safety William Moore. OTAs will be important for Moore in his quest to land a starting spot. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC).

After this week, they will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over the next four weeks to get all of their 14 sessions end. After OTAs are completed on June 18, the team will break for the summer and reunite on July 31 for the opening of training camp.

The media will be allowed to attend five of the sessions, with each Wednesday has been designated by Coach Mike Smith as the media days.

With so many young players on the roster, the Falcons OTA sessions will be key.
On defense, seven of the 11 starters could be players with three years or less. The offense could have three starters.

Also, cornerback Von Hutchins, who broke his foot and spent last season on injured reserve, is expected to be available. First round draft pick Peria Jerry, who suffered a mild right knee sprain at mini-camp, is expected back.

Considering the youth of the Falcons team, how key are the OTA session for the Falcons? How much time should be used in the seven-on-seven drills to sharpen the passing attack? Do you expect all of the veterans to take part some or all of this non-mandatory workouts?

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King Vick

May 19th, 2009
11:26 am

Marcus

May 19th, 2009
11:44 am

I would be disappointed if the vets opted out. With the residual enthusiasm from last year, I hope that everyone would be chomping at the bit dn not miss anything.
Besides, its not like we have “arrived” and we can start having the drama that usually comes from perrenially-successful teams (and/or players).

WR

May 19th, 2009
11:48 am

D-Led,welcome back, I hope you at least got a tan or seen some tans as long as you have kept us waiting, no offense to Mrs.Ledbetter, just glad to hear from you.

I think building cohesion within the passing attack could be crucial this time of year. RWhite was the man last year and he definitely will be the go to WR receiver this year but as Ryan said himself, he has a new toy, a classic one of a kind toy and everyone on offense needs to get use to it. This could definitely be a pivotal time for Jenkins and Douglas as I forsee the two of them having the chance to greatly affect the outcome of games because defenses will focus so much on Gonzo and White, while having to stop the Falcons potent running game. Defensively our new and improved offense will pay big dividends in helping the young players read and react to good offenses. It may be a stretch to some but personally I can’t think of a team that offers a much better arsenal than the birds. This team now has the ability to learn to read and react from one of the better offenses in the league, their own. Smitty is a defensive minded HC with a potent offense to teach and completely impliment his brand of defense, what other teams have that same type of environment, evil Bill Belichick and former coach Tony Dungy come to mind. What do both of those coaches have in common, superbowl rings. Just imagine trying to build a great defense and you have to face future hall of famers such as Brady and Manning in your own backyard, I believe that can help you get better in a hurry and as the results have shown they did. Now Matt hasn’t reached future hall of fame status but the pieces are in place for him to do so, and the pieces are in place to challenge the defense. The Falcons no longer have to wait for the likes of New Orleans to see how they measure up against a good offense, they get a chance to see it in OTAs and eventually training camp before the season gets started.

FalconUGAFan

May 19th, 2009
11:50 am

Agree Marcus. Question, do the veteran players on the Steelers, Patriots, etc show up for the voluntary sessions….

Paulie OldSchool

May 19th, 2009
11:52 am

I’d be pretty surprised if there were a whole lot of absentee players. I think the new guys will have to be there and I think that the vets will want to be there. TG already spoke about how into it everyone seemed at the mini-camp. We’ve heard that Matty has been hitting weights regularly and how the vets all seem to have bought into the process. Even tho JAbe didn’t participate in mini-camp, he was there. I’m pysched that the OTAs are starting and really, really looking forward to training camp (hope to attend some if my health permits), because that’s where the rubber meets the road. Can not remember a time, in the almost 40 years I’ve been watching this team that I have been this excited about a season. With good reason, to boot. GO FALCONS!!!!

Matt

May 19th, 2009
11:53 am

I would not be supprised if Abraham was held out, but we know Peterson and Gonzalez will practice. McClure should be there and the “Burner” I think wants to prove he can sustain success. White needs to continue to prove to be a team player to get top dollars on the contract. Asside those guys whose job is really secure that they can afford to miss practice.

Besides the young players need the practice more so it might not be bad if a vet or two skipped and made themselves a liability on the roster.

jason

May 19th, 2009
11:57 am

WR, great post. I agree. Going against the best will only make you better. I also think OTAs bring cohesion the the defensive unit also. The DL can start gelling. The LBs can start to get a feel for what the DL is doing as well as CBs. The DBs can get a feel for what kind of help and where the help will be coming from, from the safeties.

Just one step closer to the preseason.

jason

May 19th, 2009
12:04 pm

I think the vets will be there. Not to participate, but to show leadership to the young guys. You have to remember that there are not alot of seasoned vets on this team. Players like Gonzo showing up. After 13 years and still eagerly showing up to OTAs. That will say alot for the younger guys. Set the example by leading the way.

jason

May 19th, 2009
12:06 pm

Hey DOL, 8 pages and almost 800 posts on your last blog. Glad to see you back. Now go get us some dirt to chomp on. Gotta get that football fix on….
By the way if I didn’t say before. Outstanding job od the draft coverage.

Bubba

May 19th, 2009
12:11 pm

Da Birds have to do something about the “bend-but-don’t-break” defense they’ve been flailing about with for a while now. The coaching staff’s in place, I think. We’ve got good talent. I think in the past, defenders have tried to make things happen, a step or two back, a flying tackle that misses, etc. I would rather see a defense that shuts them down with no glitz than a defense that has two interceptions but gives up three TDs.

It can be done. I’d like to see it happen.

Darrin "The Vent King"

May 19th, 2009
12:27 pm

Only three more months (yes I watch pre-season), COME ON FOOTBALL SEASON!!

GO FALCONS

Dion

May 19th, 2009
12:39 pm

Our offense surprised everyone last year. I look for our defense to be the one thing that all other team are not expecting. We have guys that are committed and want to play. Our offense should be fine with the addition of Gonzalez. I look for us to be contenders real soon!

Sarah B

May 19th, 2009
12:39 pm

Welcome back DOL. We have been active without you anyway. OTA’s will be importatn this year as we ready ourselves to take a giant leap forward in the NFL. Can’t wait.

WR

May 19th, 2009
12:40 pm

Bubba, I understand and I think this defense will be different. From a speed stand point along this defense is greatly improved. Yes, some of the guys are a bit young but at least they have the speed to overcome mistakes unlike last year. When was the last time you heard of a Falcon defender over running the play because of speed, yep, Keith Brooking back in the day. The saying goes that “speed kills”, I think that will be evident with this years version of the Falcons D. Who knows they may even be able to bring back the old Gritz Blitz, alot of people won’t remember that D, but that defense was something serious.

WR

May 19th, 2009
12:55 pm

Funny, talk a little falcon football and people come out like roaches with the lights cut on, birds finally seem like their headed in the right direction and the excitement is at an all time high, if Rankim Smith isn’t rolling over in his grave, point me to his grave site and I will roll him over plus put a 2×4 to his hiney because we all have suffered so long. Quick disclosure:please do not take offense to me talking about the dead, just having a little fun and enjoying the excitement of Falcon football, no offense is intended. The cage has become sensitive so I felt I should get that out. D3, wheres the countdown, the cage is wide open and the birds are looking for prey, once again D-Led we missed ya, we’re like little kids you can’t leave us alone for long.

WR

May 19th, 2009
1:00 pm

Sarah B, by the way, I have been wondering for sometime, do you throw back the cold ones at the game, red stripes seem to be the beverage of choice in the cage, a real cage member has to throw back a red stripe every now and then, J/K (LOL).

JJ, did you hit up the Ramen noodles yet, for some reason they help us maintain focus, and when in doubt about a fellow cage member always offer them up.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
1:05 pm

Afternoon Bird Cage! Great post’s everyone. I just wanted to stick my head in and give everyone a highfive! So glad we have a new blog because reading all that Vick stuff/comments was like listening to Charlie Browns mom.

I hope during the OTA’s they get our special teams going in full force. Which is a spot we excelled at last season but should be elite this season with the practice.

Also has anyone thought about who would replace Elam if he was to go down. Do we still have Mr. Anderson on speed dial?

Sarah B

May 19th, 2009
1:06 pm

WR – you betcha. Beer and fpptball go hand-in-hard. Usually the old Bud Light, but I like to mix it up every once in a while. And I liked your Rankin-Smith idea. He drove us crazy for so many years.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
1:09 pm

Dang blog monster eat my post :( . O’well highfive guys! Glad this blog is up Vick junk was killing me.

SonicJim

May 19th, 2009
1:11 pm

I agree with you guys as well, about the vets. The young guys need to soak up whatever knowledge they can from them and use it to help our team. I’ve been watching nfl rewind that was offered from nfl.com and some of the plays that Foxworth made were key! I mean on a routine basis he constantly broke up passes. Either quick slants or deep routes. I hope someone can step up and make those plays this year. That’s my only concern because I like the way everything else is looking.
Go Falcons!!

JohnWaynesworld

May 19th, 2009
1:19 pm

WR, I agree about Rankin Smith and his family. I remember seeing the Sports Illustrated story with the cartoon of the Smith family looking like the Hillbilly Hounds, chewing on cat tails next to a broken down truck (I think it was a truck). I remember thinking how embarrassed I was for my team and my city.

This is much, much better!

Sarah, you mean you don’t bring any rheumatiz medicine to the games? lol

WR

May 19th, 2009
1:42 pm

Sarah B, budLt,and I bet probably some Mich ultra, well you have confirmed that your definitely a woman combining that with your football knowledge I have to admit I thought you were some guy playing around, you go girl. Oh by the way it will probably make me seem country as hell but a friend got me hooked on Bratwurzst last year, supposedly its a northern thing so I figured I’d throw that out there for the lady of Detroit and our northern members, some bratz and a couple of beers, now thats some real football. Now back to Rankim Smith and the FAMILY, there has been so much talent that has passed through Atlanta, the Falcons were almost like a minor league farm team for breeding talent and the talent moving on to bigger and better teams. To see the organization drafting and building a strong foundation is music to my ears because I think Atlanta fans get a bad wrap. We love our football, we are committed to our baseball and basketball, now hockey not quite there yet, we just haven’t had a consistent winner too get behind and support, the Braves begin to give us a ray of hope in the 90’s, the Hawks tried to in the 80,s, but this is football country and we have been starving for a consistent professional winner. The talent was there for the Falcons but Rankim for some reason would have none of it.

WR

May 19th, 2009
1:48 pm

JohnWaynesWorld, my thoughts exactly, I still can’t understand what they were thinking, its one thing to want to save money but you have to pay the players regardless so why not make you some money in the process putting fans in the stands make you money, that was not the approach they took and as a business money generated family I could never understand it.

Mave2124

May 19th, 2009
1:55 pm

DOL, I thought there was another Mini-Camp in June after OTAs??? Did Smitty ditch that already. I thought teams go 2 mini camps and 14 OTA sessions, with new coaches getting 3 Mini Camps. What is up? When OTAs start tomorrow, does the weight and training program end?

Sarah B

May 19th, 2009
2:02 pm

JWW the medicine is usually taken on the train ride down. Less conspicuous as trying to have beers on the Marta. Me and my buddy I have tickets with have a rule about drinkin & drivin and neither of us will budge on taking turns driving. So we drink & Marta. It’s Smarta.

snaddermen

May 19th, 2009
2:04 pm

Do the Falcons have any veterans left?

Sarah B

May 19th, 2009
2:06 pm

WR tried the Mich Ultra – It took to many to catch a buzz.

WR

May 19th, 2009
2:20 pm

Sarah, just messing with you, I use to be a server at Papasito’s Cantina,and when women ordered beer it was either BudLt or Mich Ultra but mostly it was Margarita’s I rarely allowed beer at my tables and definitely swayed guest away from cheap tequila.

Sarah B

May 19th, 2009
2:24 pm

WR I’ve been to Mexico a few times and Love Sol. Also, Margarita’s with a shot of 1800 on the side. But I digress.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
2:39 pm

Is the blog monster still eatting up my comments?

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
2:42 pm

Of course not I didnt write enough. Hey who is our back up place kicker if something was to happen to Elam? I know Prater is out in Denver now…kinda wish we still had the kid on the sidesline. I hope the Falcon’s get the special teams really twicked out during the OTA’s. We were very good last year but we could be elite with the speed and our punter.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
2:49 pm

O ya I ment to say hello to my peeps chill’in in the cage today! How you guys doing? Beautiful day outside! If you guys get a chance to fire up the grill today give this a shot.

Drunk Chicken

Take whole chicken & wash thoroughly….pat down with paper towels.

Rub favorite spices on outside of chicken……

Fire up grill and wait until coals are good& hot…..

Take full can of beer & open it and place it on grill…….

Take chicken & place the beer up the bird’s cavity & sit on grill.

Should look like the chicken is sitting straight up…..

As chicken cooks, beer will absorb into chicken…….

It’s done when meat begins to fall off bone……

Enjoy it & GO FALCONS…….

jason

May 19th, 2009
2:52 pm

Hey, everbody, just dropped my Cle. assessment;if you want to call it that. This team is bad. Worse than the Raiders. The Raiders have some talen, they are just dysfunctional. CLE is just BAD. A TERRIBLE foot ball team. Are they really a professional football team? Did Manginin really know what he was getting himself into? I am not trying to trash a pro team, but… They are BAD…
Cleveland Browns

1 Sep 13 MIN @ CLE – L

2 Sep 20 CLE @ DEN – L

3 Sep 27 CLE @ BAL -L

4 Oct 04 CIN @ CLE – W

5 Oct 11 CLE @ BUF – W

6 Oct 18 CLE @ PIT – L

7 Oct 25 GB @ CLE – L

8 Nov 01 CLE @ CHI- L

9 Bye

10 Nov 16 BAL @ CLE – L

11 Nov 22 CLE @ DET – L

12 Nov 29 CLE @ CIN – L

13 Dec 06 SD @ CLE – L

14 Dec 10 PIT @ CLE – L

15 Dec 20 CLE @ KC – W

16 Dec 27 OAK @ CLE – W

17 Jan 03 JAC @ CLE – L

4-12, Overall, not a good team at all.
They have no offense to speak of. The defense
is just as bad. The QB situation is an embarrassment
to the NFL. They have to decide for the identity of
the team. Mangini will build a winner. He rebuilt the
Jets. He just doesn’t have the players to compete right
now. I don’t reconize a player on their roster. This team
is horrible; maybe worse than the Raiders. I can not give
an honest assessment on the Browns at this time. All I know
is that they are BAD. The only thing interesting about the
Browns is who will their QB be? Quinn or Anderson. Neither
one will strike fear in their opponets.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
2:53 pm

Now its eatting my comments again..sigh!

I ment to say hello to the Cage with my last comment. Hope all of you are doing well today! Its beautiful day outside today great for brews and grilling! So if you guys get outside on the grill today give this a try!

Drunk Chichken:

Take whole chicken & wash thoroughly….pat down with paper towels.

Rub favorite spices on outside of chicken……

Fire up grill and wait until coals are good& hot…..

Take full can of beer & open it and place it on grill…….

Take chicken & place the beer up the bird’s cavity & sit on grill.

Should look like the chicken is sitting straight up…..

As chicken cooks, beer will absorb into chicken…….

It’s done when meat begins to fall off bone……

Enjoy it & GO FALCONS…….

Unca' Bob

May 19th, 2009
2:54 pm

Lil’Dave, I show R Dehaze UDFA ‘09 as our back up kicker.

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
2:58 pm

Thanx Unca’Bob for the info. This guy have a leg or is he a long shot? I would do my own dirty work but the work internet wont allow me. Plus this blog keeps eatting all my comments…its starting to get old.

jason

May 19th, 2009
3:00 pm

Question. If ATL carries 45 players on the gamday roster, 46 counting the third QB, and the rest are on the practice squad. How do they decide who will be on the practice squad. Say you are trying to hold a player to develope, like JPW. Does he make the practice squad with DJ there as the #3. There is no NFL Europe to stash players. Another example, you like your RBs Turner, Norwood, Snelling, Brown, and Haynes. You are not going to carry all5 on the active roster. What do you do?

Lil'Dave

May 19th, 2009
3:00 pm

Weather is great today here’s a little meal if you guys get out on the grill today.

Drunk Chichken:

Take whole chicken & wash thoroughly….pat down with paper towels.

Rub favorite spices on outside of chicken……

Fire up grill and wait until coals are good& hot…..

Take full can of beer & open it and place it on grill…….

Take chicken & place the beer up the bird’s cavity & sit on grill.

Should look like the chicken is sitting straight up…..

As chicken cooks, beer will absorb into chicken…….

It’s done when meat begins to fall off bone……

Enjoy it & GO FALCONS…….

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

Wonder if Ms. Abraham will make OTA?

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 19th, 2009
3:02 pm

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Ryno

May 19th, 2009
3:08 pm

D-Led and others,

I would hope that given the relative youth of the defense (except for Abe) that all of the defense players should be at the facility for OTA’s. That means you Jamaal Anderson!

D-Led, still too early for any contract updates? I hope Peria and W. Moore get signed and into camp soon!

JohnWaynesworld

May 19th, 2009
3:23 pm

My old favorite team back in the Kosar Days, The Brownies:

1 Sep 13 MIN @ CLE – L
2 Sep 20 CLE @ DEN – L
3 Sep 27 CLE @ BAL -L
4 Oct 04 CIN @ CLE – W
5 Oct 11 CLE @ BUF – L
6 Oct 18 CLE @ PIT – L
7 Oct 25 GB @ CLE – L
8 Nov 01 CLE @ CHI- L
9 Bye
10 Nov 16 BAL @ CLE – L
11 Nov 22 CLE @ DET – L
12 Nov 29 CLE @ CIN – L
13 Dec 06 SD @ CLE – L
14 Dec 10 PIT @ CLE – L
15 Dec 20 CLE @ KC – L
16 Dec 27 OAK @ CLE – W
17 Jan 03 JAC @ CLE – L

2-14 is the best I can give these perennial clowns (sans their #1 clown, Winslow II. As soon as they find a REAL quarterback they might get a playoff team, but for now it is time to let pretty boy learn while Anderson is toiling. Great sympathetic fans, pathetic football team.

I don’t think I ever gave my final score for the Falcons vs Dolphins. I think it will be a tough game but Atlanta wins 27-24.

Unca' Bob

May 19th, 2009
3:23 pm

Lil’Dave,

He played for No. Arizona. All I found on him are career stats. Kicked 56 FG 139 EPts and averades 44.4 Yds per punt.

doe

May 19th, 2009
3:40 pm

hey jason, Sure your carry 5 RBs. Brown and Haynes will play Special teams. A lot of RB is a good thing. Remember, the Broncos last year ran through 9 different backs last year. Sh it happens.

Unca' Bob

May 19th, 2009
3:47 pm

JWW,

Don’t sugar coat. How do you really feel about ‘em stale Brownies.lol

1 Sep 13 MIN @ CLE – L
2 Sep 20 CLE @ DEN – L
3 Sep 27 CLE @ BAL -L
4 Oct 04 CIN @ CLE – L
5 Oct 11 CLE @ BUF – W
6 Oct 18 CLE @ PIT – L
7 Oct 25 GB @ CLE – W
8 Nov 01 CLE @ CHI- L
9 Bye
10 Nov 16 BAL @ CLE – L
11 Nov 22 CLE @ DET – W
12 Nov 29 CLE @ CIN – L
13 Dec 06 SD @ CLE – L
14 Dec 10 PIT @ CLE – L
15 Dec 20 CLE @ KC – L
16 Dec 27 OAK @ CLE – L
17 Jan 03 JAC @ CLE – W

4-12 It does not matter who their QB is, until they find someone to catch the football…

D3

May 19th, 2009
4:08 pm

Great Afternoon My Fellow Bird-Cagers! Nothing like a new post to get the juices rolling strong and jacked up. I was kind of hoping to get to 800 posts and the 9th page, but we can’t all be lion tamers. I have no clue on the new blog posting, but I literally tried posting my Cleveland prognastications 9 times and nothing got through. Oh well, to OTA talk……..

Offense OTA’s – this is a great time for teammates to gel, learn about each others playing style, and be able to hit the ground sprinting when Training Camp starts. This is where Matty Ice continues his great relationships on the field with Roddy, Jenks, HD, the Burner, and Lightning. It also gives him a great chance to form a good bond with TG. Aaron Kelly can really give himself a huge leg up on making it as the 5th receiver if he gets in and works his butt off.

Defense OTA’s – these OTA’s will be essential this year with so many new faces and startes on defense. With upwards of 5-6 new starters on DEF, and several rooks making their debut, the defense must use this time wisely to gel and build chemistry. The offense seems to have the chemistry going, but TG looks to be the only new starter there, and obviously he will plug in nicely. Leaders must step forward during this time and help the new kids on the block. Babineaux needs to step up and help Peria Jerry and Vance Walker. Abraham and C.Davis need to help out young El Sid. Peterson and Lofton need to squeeze every ounce out of Stephen Nicholas and Robert James as possible. And of course the brand new look secondary needs to use this time extremely well. Coleman and Houston need to put their best foot forward and take control of the DB Backfield. DeCoud is not a rookie, but has no starts. William Moore, Chris Owens, and William Middleton are all rookies and will be counted on this year. And we finally get to see what we have in Von Hutchins. Critical time. I’ll be pretty disappointed if any vets pull no-shows.

DOL – missed ya brother, but figured you were taking a little break due to the absolute dead time for Falcons and NFL. Nice to have you back. We did a pretty good job keeping it warm while you were gone.

JohnWayne, jason, and Sarah B. – got your Browns predictions off the other page. Not a lot of faith in Man-Genius.

Stirg – are we ready to move on to Carolina? Just let me know.

Tons more to come on our brand new blog posting. Its like Christmas in May………

75 DAYS AND COUNTING TO 2009 ATLANTA FALCONS TRAINING CAMP!!!!!

Stirg d'Nahsif

May 19th, 2009
4:40 pm

Yeah, D3. I indicated that in the last blog but I guess the monster ate it. If its not too much, can you post the numbers for Carolina?

cutter

May 19th, 2009
4:47 pm

-There are 32 NFL teams. Each club is allowed a maximum of 55 players, though nearly every team keeps only 53 on their final roster in case of injury, during the regular season.

As previously reported, Monday, August 25, 2008, looms large on the calendars of hundreds of players around the league trying to make NFL rosters. This is the date that clubs must reduce their rosters from 80 to 75 players. Four days later, on Sunday, August 30, clubs must reduce their roster yet again to the regular roster limit of 53 players. While many players will surely be disappointed when they learn they’ve been cut, a group of them will be allowed to sign to a club’s practice squad to help their team and hopefully improve their skills to NFL caliber.

On Monday, August 31, the day after the final pre-season cut-down, each club may establish a practice squad of no more than eight players, who are considered free agents. These are players who do not have more than nine games on the active list in a previous season and who have not served on a practice squad more than two previous seasons.

“Practice squads give young players a chance to improve their skill level by practicing against the regular roster players during the regular season,” said NFLPA Staff Counsel and Regional Director Tom DePaso. “They gain valuable experience that may allow them to ultimately make a regular roster later that year or in subsequent years.” As regular roster players become injured during the long NFL season, many clubs call upon their practice squad players to come in and fill the void created by the injured players.

Although they earn less than regular roster players, practice squad players still earn a minimum of $5,200 per week, including the playoff weeks. In addition, a player signed to a practice squad contract with one NFL club is completely free to sign a contract and play on the 53-man active-inactive list of any NFL club, not just his practice squad club. So the player remains a free agent for purposes of signing an NFL contract.

For young players, the practice squad keeps alive their hope of making an NFL roster.-

Jason-I doubt very seriously if Atlanta will keep all 5 RB’s on the active roster.

blord

May 19th, 2009
4:49 pm

I sure hope we can get through OTA’a and training camp without any major injuries. I really think that is going to be the key to our season. Our team is young so our guys will need every chance to grow in the system and with as many young guys on the team def. that makes the presence of the veterans even more important. We need them there and we need them healthy. The strange thing is a few months ago I was extremely worried about the d-line. However, now I think it may be the unit that has some of the best depth on the team even if it is young.

jason

May 19th, 2009
5:09 pm

cutter, I doubt so to. I waqs using RB just as an example. Thanks for that. I never did understand the practice squad. I know this may be a stupid question. If a club can carry 55 players, but only 46 can be on the Game day roster,the 9 roster spots are counted seperately from the practice squad.

for example: 55 total spots, 45 Game day spots, 1 extra game day spot for 3rd string QB. That leaves 9 roster spots that are inactive. Drop 2 spots for season injuries. that leaves 7 inactive. Those 7 are roster players, and you still 8 on the practice squad roster. Is that right?
I feel so blonde at the moment. lol!!