Falcons release depth chart for New England game

Matt Bryant won the kicking competition over Steven Hauschka to retain his No. 1 spot on the depth chart. (Associated Press)

Matt Bryant won the kicking competition over Steven Hauschka to retain his No. 1 spot on the depth chart. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Kicker Matt Bryant won the  competition with Steven Hauschka and that’s the only major change in the depth chart that was released  Sunday for Thursday’s game against New England.

Also, cornerback Gabe Derricks, who was signed to take one of the open roster spots, was listed as the fourth left cornerback.

Derricks was signed because the Falcons didn’t like the fact that cornerback Chevis Jackson had to finish out the exhibition game against Kansas City. Jackson has been the team’s primary nickel back over the last two seasons and was exposed to the possibility of getting injured late in an exhibition game.

Look for Derricks to get those snaps, now.

Also, with the release of tight end Colin Peek, the Falcons have an open roster spot and are looking at safeties. Former Auburn standout Eric Brock, who was with the team last season, is a candidate to be signed.

Peek, the former Georgia Tech and Alabama player, was not recovering fast enough from his right knee sprain.

HERE’S A LOOK AT THE DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

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

17 Brandyn 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

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

30 Dimitri Nance

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli 49 Dan Klecko

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 96 Emmanuel 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 21 Christopher Owens 24 Dominique Franks 40 Daylan Walker

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 29 Brian Williams 22 Chevis Jackson 38 Gabe Derricks

S 26 Erik Coleman 25 William Moore 36 Rafael Bush

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 27 Matt Giordano 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

P 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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42 comments Add your comment

Alan

August 15th, 2010
9:39 pm

Alan

August 15th, 2010
9:39 pm

Poppa Falcon

August 15th, 2010
9:43 pm

Tom Brady won’t HESITATE to go after our DB’s. This is gonna be a great test for ‘em.

Nite Owl

August 15th, 2010
9:50 pm

It’s really nice to see the young depth that we have. We are really building something special here.

Totally agree with Poppa, can’t wait to see how our secondary (and pass rush) handle Brady. For some reason, I don’t see us getting embarrassed like that anymore. Of course, I’m the eternal Falcons optimist.

BT

August 15th, 2010
9:55 pm

It`s nice to hear, P.Jerry is close to taking reps.
With him and Trey Lewis back from injuries, the DT rotation looks (soon to be) strong and deep.

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ToccoaBird

August 15th, 2010
10:28 pm

Glad to see spoon working at making a real impact like a #1 draft pick should.

realbirdofprey

August 15th, 2010
10:34 pm

wait a minute so everyone is playing?

BT

August 15th, 2010
10:40 pm

Nope, the usual list of guys like Moore, Norwood, Williams, Jenkins and Robinson, will not be playing.

realbirdofprey

August 15th, 2010
10:42 pm

I should have known that when i saw michael jenkins name on there lol

POLOBOY

August 15th, 2010
10:47 pm

LET NORWOOD GO AND THAT WOULD FREE UP ANOTHER SPOT.

freedyg

August 15th, 2010
10:50 pm

NOT SURE Y BEERMAN IS STILL LISTED 3RD….

pritdapit

August 15th, 2010
11:06 pm

does caps make you SpEcIaL?

thunderbull56

August 15th, 2010
11:19 pm

Just win BABY

Nique

August 15th, 2010
11:30 pm

D. Led

Is W. Moore going to play Thur?

Sly Ty

August 15th, 2010
11:54 pm

Poppa Falcon I love you on Sirius Radio, I am so glad that you are taking the time to post with the LOCAL CROWD. Were you pleased with JA98 from the DT spot ? He looks impressive…..most impressive.

F Troop

August 16th, 2010
12:01 am

We need a Wes Welker chain mover at receiver. You agree? Finneran and Douglas are ACL reclamations. They may never be %100 again. Could Eric Weems be that guy? Maybe.

Fred "The Dorf" Dorfman

August 16th, 2010
12:01 am

Now that’s what I call a depth chart!!

Go Kroy

August 16th, 2010
12:03 am

Kroy Biermann was the best D-line man I saw during the pre-season game and always was making a big play last season. If he is listed at 3rd, the Left-end position is DEEP.

Paddy

August 16th, 2010
12:28 am

The real shuffel will come, of course after game 3. But this chart the Falcons now throw at folks look to be legit in a big way!

Grady Jackson *Barber Shop*

August 16th, 2010
5:07 am

Wake me up when all the boring pre-season games are over.

BeefATL72

August 16th, 2010
8:53 am

Guys, this is for preseason only. Where someone is listed at this point isn’t what the final depth chart will remotely look like. Biermann, for instance, is the starting LDE. He’s not 3rd behind Davis. And guys like Zinger, Ojinnaka, Romberg, Giordano, & possibly even B. Williams won’t make the 53 while the guys listed right behind them probably will (except Schluter). Spoon might start in front of Peterson, JA98 might actually start at one of the DT spots for the 1st game, Klecko might start at FB as he’s a beast of a blocker, & they really should formally classify a Slot position & name Douglas the starter of it with Weems as a backup, you won’t see HD playing outside WR/flanker. We might also find Meier getting just as many snaps at the flanker spot as Jenkins too & bumping Finn back.

Either way, don’t read into preseason depth charts at all to try & figure out who will actually makeup the 53.

JeanE

August 16th, 2010
9:08 am

We HAVE a chain mover at WR, Finn. He can still do that and more. Don’t need anyone else for that. he is still Mr. 1st down, dude.

D Money

August 16th, 2010
9:54 am

I think our defense will be fine, but our offense needs to get in a rythm. I know I know it’s preseason, but the elite teams don’t have to worry about rythms. They seem to pick up where they left off. In the first preseason game, Ryan was being rushed pretty often…against KC’s defense?!? I’m a little worried because we were suppose to have a high powered offense last year and we only saw it in spurts.

Creaky

August 16th, 2010
10:09 am

What about the injury report ? Any to speak of ? Anything serious ?

PlanB

August 16th, 2010
10:17 am

I’ve always liked Finn but we have some good young prospects that could help for many years. If he takes one of these spots, we might be letting a good one get away.
Why am I not as big a fan of Weems as some seem to be?
Too bad we won’t be playing some of our starters against NE. I guess time will tell when Moore, Jerry and some others will be or will not be in the line up.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 16th, 2010
10:40 am

Weems is great at returning kick-offs but I’m not that sold YET on him being an effective wide receiver. I still believe that a lot of the Falcons offensive problems are a result of the offensive play calling from Mularkey. The Falcons offensive line is still very suspect when it comes to providing pass protection. The OL is great at opening spaces on running plays for Turner but Ryan does not have much time to survey the field on passing plays….if he’s not running for his life to get rid of the ball.

I know that all the Falcons weak areas could not be solved with two drafts, but I am hoping that the Falcons will use next year’s draft to get some bigger/faster OL players that can handle both run blocking while also being able to provide good pass protection.

Goyka

August 16th, 2010
11:15 am

Does anyone have any idea on how many LB’s we are going to keep?

Hamp

August 16th, 2010
12:53 pm

The O did look suspect but the D looke promising. Beirman is a beast. Even Jamal looked decent I think by mid season the D will be clicking.

33TheBurner33

August 16th, 2010
1:18 pm

Bierman and the recievers seem messed up, why isnt HD behind Jenkins….or in front of

BeefATL72

August 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

Sick & Tired, you gotta think outside the box a bit, from Mularkey’s perspective. Just try it. Ask yourself what kind of plays would be effective if we’re missing a real slot receiver to help open up the field. What plays would be effective if we’re missing our pro-bowl running back & explosive slot-back. The defense also has injuries & we’re constantly playing catchup from behind, so what’s available that is going to get us big yardage since we can’t control the clock. And so on… because there’s a lot more to consider than just those too.

We faced an abundance of 3-4 D’s & 4 teams who were coming off their bye weeks & had 2 weeks to gameplan for us, so what can we do different that they haven’t seen. And then you revert back to the first set of issues & you come to realize there’s nothing different you can do if you’re always playing catchup & missing important key players. You’re limited to probably half the playbook & now everytime X player is in, the pass or run is completely telegraphed.

Mularkey had probably the most difficult job in the league last year & we still came out with a winning record. The previous year he play-called a last place team with a rookie QB to the playoffs because he didn’t face those issues & had significantly greater latitude in the amount of plays available.

Give it a chance & don’t be so critical & seemingly ungrateful after one year of dealing with extreme circumstances. If we stay healthy, there’s absolutely no reason we won’t do better than even 2008. We have a better, deeper, & much more experienced team at every level than any year in decades, maybe even forever.

alanfalcon

August 16th, 2010
3:38 pm

Who is the dumb a$$ by the name of Alan thats posting 1st and 2nd, STOP, you’re ruining my repetation, This is after all a football blog, not the Kentucky Derby.

birddawg

August 16th, 2010
4:04 pm

Falcons “D” looked fairly good against KC , but Im still worried. those cornerbacks have got to start looking for the ball and start making plays . it helps that Houston is gone he was really bad at that. I would like to see GRimes do well, he plays hard every down.

hiramsaint

August 16th, 2010
5:28 pm

glad to see the weekly shallow report is out. i will agree that k.c. almost made it look like a depth chart [ except for the" o "not finding the endzone] but the pats will show it for what it is – a shallow chart

Saints fan with a small dill

August 16th, 2010
6:13 pm

Oh, when the Trolls!
Go marchin’ in!
Oh, when the Trolls!
Go!
Marchin’ In!!

DR. FALCON

August 16th, 2010
6:53 pm

THE NEW ENGLAND GAME WILL PROVIDE A GREAT TEST FOR OUR OL GOING AGAINST A 3-4 DEFENSE. THE STEELERS EMPLOY A 3-4. IM LOOKING FOR DAHL AND BLALOCK TO CRASH DOWN ON BIG VINCE WILFORK HELPING OUT T. MCLURE. AS FOR OUR DEFENSE, I AGREE WITH PAPA FALCON. OUR DBS ARE IN FOR A STERN TEST GOING AGAINST TOM BRADY AND RANDY MOSS! I THINK OUR DBS ARE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.

gman

August 16th, 2010
7:57 pm

look guys, im with you on some thing but its preseason, and there is no game planning the first 2 games. just situational play, and even putting them in plays that are really meant to fail. its all test. like putting a guy in a bad position, and see how he responds, so my falcon brothers. RELAX!

Turk

August 16th, 2010
8:55 pm

Cut JA98. We play our best D without him and tired of watching shoddy play and soaking up big $$$ from our salary cap. Don’t listen to McKay anymore lobbying like Bill Clinton to keep him in the starting lineup hoping he will finally make a sack to justify why he picked him #1.

Score Check

August 16th, 2010
9:40 pm

[...] it’s with regret that I tell you that virtually nothing on this depth chart is going to surprise you. With the caveat that none of this is set in stone by a long shot, I’ll point you in the right [...]

drmondo

August 17th, 2010
10:34 am

“with the release of tight end Colin Peek, the Falcons have an open roster spot and are looking at safeties. “–
DLed, is there something wrong with Moore’s recovery?

tjhook

August 17th, 2010
1:43 pm

BeefATL72: don’t give mularkey a pass. st. Louis and detroit’s OCs aren’t living in a personnel palace