Falcons release depth chart for Kansas City game

Atlanta Falcons' Chris Owens, right, intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills' Terrell Owens, left, in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

Atlanta Falcons' Chris Owens, right, intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills' Terrell Owens, left, in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons released their depth chart for the exhibition season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome.

There were a few surprises.

In the hotly contested cornerback back battle, Dunta Robinson and Christopher Owens are the first team cornerbacks.

Brent Grimes is listed as Robinson’s backup and Brian Williams is listed behind Owens.

With Robinson out with a hamstring and Williams coming back from knee surgery, Grimes and Owens will likely start against the Chiefs.

Brian Finneran is listed as Michael Jenkins backup, so if they stay true to the depth chart he should be starting opposite of Roddy White.

Also, rookie Mike Johnson is listed as Harvey Dahl’s backup at right guard.

Eric Weems, the incumbent, is listed as the top kickoff and punt returner. Rookie Dominique Franks is listed as the No. 2 kickoff returner and Harry Douglas is listed as the No. 2 punt returner.

Here’s a look at the depth chart that the team released  for the exhibition season opener. It is denoted as “unofficial,” but if the team releases it, then it’s OK to treat it as “official.”  Who else is going to release the official depth chart?

OFFENSE

Brian Finneran (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Brian Finneran (By Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 86 Brian Finneran 14 Eric Weems 11 Troy Bergeron

17 Brandon Harvey 16 Tim Buckley

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 76 Quinn Ojinnaka 69 Blake Schlueter

C 62 Todd McClure 66 Brett Romberg 61 Joe Hawley 67 Rob Bruggeman

RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson 65 Jose Valdez

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 89 Keith Zinger 81 Michael Palmer

48 Robbie Agnone 47 Colin Peek

WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 80 Kerry Meier 19 Ryan Wolfe

15 Andy Strickland

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

RB 33 Michael Turner 32 Jerious Norwood 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith

Harry Douglas could end up winning a starting spot. Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com

Harry Douglas could end up winning a starting spot. Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com

30 Dimitri Nance

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli 49 Dan Klecko

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 96 Emanuel Stephens

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 91 Corey Peters 97 Trey Lewis

DT 94 Peria Jerry 93 Thomas Johnson 99 Vance Walker

LE 98 Jamaal Anderson 92 Chauncey Davis 71 Kroy Biermann

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 56 Sean Weatherspoon 52 Coy Wire 43 Weston Johnson

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 59 Spencer Adkins 45 Bear Woods

OLB 53 Mike Peterson 56 Sean Weatherspoon 51 Robert James

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 40 Daylan Walker

LCB 21 Christopher Owens 29 Brian Williams 22 Chevis Jackson

S 26 Erik Coleman 25 William Moore 36 Rafeal Bush

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 27 Matt Giordano 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant 6 Steve Hauschka

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant 6 Steve Hauschka

P 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant 6 Steve Hauschka

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Tuesday, August 10 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Wednesday, August 11 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Thursday, August 12 — Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 13 — Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 –No Practice.

Sunday, August 15 — Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

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86 comments Add your comment

soldierman

August 10th, 2010
11:30 am

looks to be some fun in the dome come saturday wish I were there to see it.

CJ

August 10th, 2010
11:32 am

Jamaal Anderson still?

JuiceJones

August 10th, 2010
11:34 am

Looking forward to seeing how Owens handles starting.

Josh kinsey

August 10th, 2010
11:34 am

Follow me on twitter @jkinsey60

Mr. Phil

August 10th, 2010
11:43 am

MAybe meaningless, but Sidbury second string RE and Bierman third string LE. Hmmm. I wonder. Then again, with our rotation system I guess it doesn’t really matter.

Grady Jackson *Barber Shop*

August 10th, 2010
11:43 am

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Maybe 6′ 6′ 290 pound Jamaal Anderson will have a break-out year.
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Nique

August 10th, 2010
11:58 am

Is there a reason why Mier is listed as a back up on Roddy’s side instead of on Jenkins side? I know these things don’t mean much at this point, but looking forward, envissioning Meier maybe making a run at Jenkins spot, I’m just verifying that there’s not something spacific to the Z WR position that goes along with Meier.

chc4

August 10th, 2010
11:59 am

What’s the point of even including William Moore on the depth chart?

Jeff

August 10th, 2010
12:01 pm

OH NO. Here we go. Williams needs to be the starter. I hope this only due to his knee and they are being cautious.

Man oh man

Nique

August 10th, 2010
12:02 pm

Just saw this on Atlanta Falcons.com Harry Douglas, Brian Williams and Peria Jerry will not play in Friday night’s preseason game, per Coach Smith

Steve

August 10th, 2010
12:05 pm

Is the afternoon practice today a scrimmage? or special teams only? Thanks in advance.

Mark

August 10th, 2010
12:05 pm

Glad to see they are holding on to Colin Peek despite his twisted knee. He is a great kid and an awsome player that will play a role for them.

JB FALCON

August 10th, 2010
12:08 pm

The first paragraph says the KC game is Saturday but the schedule says it is Friday?

Whopper Dawg

August 10th, 2010
12:11 pm

Bierman is third? Moore and Spoon are backups??

ymmotretsof

August 10th, 2010
12:15 pm

I don’t like preseason games to many ways for the starters and #1 backups to get hurt and mess up a whole season.

Greg

August 10th, 2010
12:25 pm

I understand the virtues of Jenks & Finn, but if they are the best we can do, we’re not going to be very competitive on that side. That’s just the reality.

Paddy

August 10th, 2010
12:26 pm

Study that depth chart after pre-season game 3. Thats when it will mean something.

cj800

August 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

DLED I think the game is on Friday the 13, that is what is on The Falcons website ??????

dash

August 10th, 2010
12:40 pm

Jamal Anderson is still listed very high on the depth chart. Has he looked any better in camp? Has he made some improvement that we can’t see? Has anyone seen Peria Jerry play yet?

gdg73

August 10th, 2010
12:45 pm

Pretty much what I already expected. William Moore needs to get it together. There is nothing more frustrating than injury-prone players. I wish we would have traded up and gotten Louis Delmas last year. Since he is here now, I hope Moore can get on the field and represent. Same with Norwood. I believe he can be our homerun threat on kickoffs. With a strong pre-season, I believe Snelling will take the backup rb job.

Veedub

August 10th, 2010
12:49 pm

I wish the Falcs would have grabbed T.O. when they had the chance. Whether Jenkins on the field or not, he’s still pretty much a non-factor on that side. Seems like we always have only one top-rated person at the skill positions, thats why its so hard to get over the hump. Think the season may be average at best unless Matt Ryan really steps up and commands this offense.

Ryan has got to get better and fast. He has to be able to command the offense and take charge and make the hard throws. This season is his to shine. If he doesn’t, were looking at a possible 8-8 season. Show us some fire and passion…. WE DESERVE IT DAMMITTT!!!!!

True Falcon

August 10th, 2010
12:59 pm

Lay off Jamal Anderson he is not a bad player. I can’t argue that we should be getting more from a first rounder. Blame the draft team. He does not have an NFL pass rush yet but he is solid in the run game. Is Matt Ryan doing a 70 million dollar job? There are many QB’s ranked higher with better stats that get paid much less.

I'm Gumby, Dammit!!

August 10th, 2010
1:01 pm

Sure hope Jerious’ hip flexor can stand up to the rigors of bass fishing. Roster spots are a precious commodity.

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
1:06 pm

JA is a stud against the run, that is why he starts. We have plenty of rush the QB only DE’s to come in on passing downs.

Bob Horner

August 10th, 2010
1:10 pm

Bierman must not have developed in the off season…. very disappointing.

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
1:15 pm

Bierman might not ever devolp into a 3 down DE which is why he is currently ‘third’ string. Nothgin to get to worried about at this time. We have agreat mix of skill sets on the dline so there will be plenty of subbing and fresh bodies.

sleeze

August 10th, 2010
1:30 pm

Darn, I came on here looking for the smart-aleck comments by “Seen This B4″ but nothing so far. He’s always good for some comedic relief.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 10th, 2010
1:32 pm

Joe Tess Fish House

August 10th, 2010
1:57 pm

This roster is no good without TO on it.

Veedub

August 10th, 2010
1:58 pm

True Falcon: Is JA really a stud against the run? I keep hearing this but have yet to see any proof that this is true. Tackles surely don’t reflect that. I don’t even remember JA laying a good hit on a running back or anybody in the backfield. Please tell me how this is true!! I want to like the guy but, “what has he done for us lately” or at all for that matter… Xplain yourself???

TEAMPLAYER

August 10th, 2010
2:00 pm

I wouldn’t be surprize to see Antone Smith get some kickoff/pint return action friday nite…Kid got speed and “cut” ability…what do you think?

KS

August 10th, 2010
2:01 pm

Keep in mind guys that the pre-season is an evaluation period. For example, listing Bierman at #3 does not necessarily mean he has fallen off from last year, it most likely means that he has solidified his position and the coaching staff is evaluating who will fall into the other slots behind the #1, #2 or #3 slots…..The roster for the first regular season game is the one that pretty much determines who has won their respective slots.

DJ Sniper

August 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m really not reading too much into the depth chart at this point. We all know that the starters are not going to play much at all, so we should get a good look at the backups.

TEAMPLAYER

August 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

Jamal is good at “clogging” up the lane on the run… thats the reason her’s still around

DJ Sniper

August 10th, 2010
2:15 pm

Ok, who is this “Joe Tess Fish House” character? Every time he posts, the only thing he has to say is how stupid the Falcons are for not signing T.O. I like the guy, but he is not what we need on this team right now. Not signing him is not the thing that will prevent us from going to the Super Bowl.

Ray

August 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

@Veedub…..JA is a stud against the run, but a dud against the pass…lol

ReddJonn68

August 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

Love them Birds, but we will never win a Super Bowl if Jenkins is our no. 2 wr & Finneran is his backup. I’m just saying !!!

ruszkibaby

August 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

Jenkins is still on the team really? FML… that boy couldn’t catch a cold if he wanted too much less the ball. Hopefully Dougalss and Finneran will step up so that choke artist can stay on the bench as an overpaid cheerleader.

Ray

August 10th, 2010
2:35 pm

@ReddJonn68….it’s not the WRs….the defense has to come together. I think we finally got the right coaches in place and the defense has gotten younger. We have the pieces for our offense to be very explosive, if the defense catches up, which I really believe will happen this year, our Super Bowl is here!!

gadawgs

August 10th, 2010
2:36 pm

Did anyone else notice the pictures from day two of the joint practice with Jax? Look at the one with Spoon knocking the helmet off of Jax’s running back. That is what I like to see and hope to see more of it.

Brian22

August 10th, 2010
2:46 pm

Owens over Williams? Really?

Veedub

August 10th, 2010
2:50 pm

@Ray!!! I hear ya dawg!!! If thats the case then they need to keep his A$$ at tackle permanently and let him do his thang there. AHHHHH!! This team is so frustrating!!

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
3:04 pm

Brian22,

Williams is coming of a major knee injury that typically takes 14 or more months before the player is back to 100%. Chris Ownes played better down the stretch last season and should be even more improved now. Not that big a surprise. Watch out for the Rookie CB Franks though, he is catching on quick I hear.

bones w/ a s

August 10th, 2010
3:05 pm

owens over grimes, WOW!!!

waynester

August 10th, 2010
3:30 pm

It’s basically meaningless for the 1st pre-season game, as the #1’s will only play a series or two and the rest of the guys will see the majority of snaps anyway. The Game 3 roster will be more telling. The only “surprise” to me, is Biermann. I’m starting to worry that he’s lost focus with all the soap opera goings on….

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
3:45 pm

depth chart???…. kind of like diving into the kiddie pool!

BigTimeTECHFan

August 10th, 2010
3:50 pm

way to go:
Corey Peters behind Babs = week one start.
Perry and Peters will be nice, 2 playmakers a DT, only problem is J Anderson still at DE.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 10th, 2010
3:51 pm

Grimes = nickle? my guess

newkid

August 10th, 2010
3:52 pm

gadawg,
If, during the regular season, that hit you referenced @ 2:36 results in the running back leaving the field due to the collision with Spoon, then that rates a ‘Full SPOON’ in my fledgling scoring system. Other Spoon actions rate 1/4 (e.g., fumble recovery), 1/2 (e.g., INT), or 3/4 (e.g., sack) SPOONS in the ‘Spoon’ scoring system. I’m predicting 14.5 SPOONS in his rookie year.