Falcons release depth chart for Miami game

Tyson Clabo (right), Harvey Dahl and Todd McClure are back to anchor the offensive line. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Tyson Clabo (right), Harvey Dahl and Todd McClure are back to anchor the offensive line. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Offensive lineman Blake Schlueter moved up on the depth chart to the slot vacated by the traded Quinn Ojinnaka. The depth chart was released on Monday for Friday’s game at Miami.

Schlueter is listed as the No. 2 left guard behind Justin Blalock. Offensive lineman Mark Ortmann was signed after the depth chart for the Miami game was released.

The Falcons hope to play their starters for 30 to 35 snaps against the Dolphins.

However, if it rains, which is always a possibility in south Florida in the summer, the play-count will be reduced. Miami leaves it dirt baseball infield in place until the Marlins season is over. Rain makes for muddy conditions.

With the addition of Ortmann the Falcons have 79 players on the roster. They will have to cut down to 75 by next Tuesday, so this will be the last game for at least four players.

The Falcons have until Sept. 4 to cut down to the final 53.

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 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 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 64 Maurice Lucas

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 37 Dominique Daniels

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

S 26 Erik Coleman 25 William Moore 36 Rafael Bush 42 Eric Brock

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

*T Mark Ortmann was signed after the release of the depth chart

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75 comments Add your comment

robertussen

August 23rd, 2010
10:42 pm

Tiger man

August 23rd, 2010
10:55 pm

Hope Palmer makes it. The man had hands like glue in college.

BT

August 23rd, 2010
10:56 pm

Yep, been trying to tell everybody Biermann was a third team DE but nobody will listen.

Jeff

August 23rd, 2010
11:01 pm

Ezcofalconfan

August 23rd, 2010
11:07 pm

Hey DOL any word on blake making the team,I think he was number 69. he wasn’t to bad in the chiefs game. He was always trying to find someone to knock down, when he played center at TCU he over powered alot of dts.

DJ

August 23rd, 2010
11:23 pm

Some guy with a clipboard must be delivering this stuff to you DOL. Or, is it the guy that carries the coach’s wire?

Whopper Dawg

August 23rd, 2010
11:33 pm

Hearing not many good things about the D. Jerry and Moore still out with injuries from 2009. Spoon struggling.

Man, if the young guys can’t step up and play, we are in trouble. It is time for TD’s drafts on D to start showing some benefits.

Clint

August 23rd, 2010
11:44 pm

So Spoon is struggling because he didn’t turn around for one touchdown? Man you got high standards.

BT

August 23rd, 2010
11:44 pm

Whooper Dawg, you want benefit?
If, the depth chart above is to be believed?
We have a safety (in Moore) that, has beaten out four other guys without ever having played a snap.

BT

August 23rd, 2010
11:46 pm

Clint, Spoon is struggling because he has looked lost through 2 games.

dawgforlife

August 23rd, 2010
11:49 pm

So, let me get this straight. We finished 21st it total defense last year. We drafted a first round linebacker. We drafted a third round defensive tackle. We have a thrid team defensive end who is the second, perhaps first, best pass rusher on the team, and the only depth chart difference from last years defense is Dunta Robinson at corner. Did I get that about right?…For all of you hoping we’d be a top ten defense, I hope Robinson can bring us up eleven spots; because, everything else is status quo.

ThisFalconWillPoopOnYou

August 24th, 2010
12:05 am

WHY is Biermann still behind Jamaal Anderson is something I’d love to know. Biermann is a beast and has had 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles this preseason in limited action. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Biermann will have more sacks than Abraham this season. Yes I said it, and quite frankly, I don’t think that’s too much of going out on a limb.

ezcofalconfan52

August 24th, 2010
12:05 am

these past pres-season games have been played with out a couple key players…spoon isnt strugglling because hes not good but because in each game he has started at sam an will lineback an hes trying to adjust to both sides. he will get it right before the season starts

Reggie

August 24th, 2010
12:55 am

I think its more of a strecth saying that Abe will have more sacks than Biermann! That IS the same defense as last year with the exception of Robinson, the main problem was the inability to get pressure on the other teams qb and Biermann helps that out as well does Sidbury. Instead of tryin to see who starts opposite Abraham maybe its time to see who starts opposite of Biermann!

JV

August 24th, 2010
12:56 am

Just a comment, I’m no expert, but it seems people are way too hung up on sack totals as the sole measure of a DE’s worth. It appears that the Falcons are much stouter against the run when Anderson plays. I’m not saying Anderson’s performance has come anywhere close to him being picked so high, but isn’t there more to that position than just sacks?

TLH

August 24th, 2010
1:00 am

Attention Falcons: Please do not play Dunta Robinson at all this pre-season. Rest him. We need him completely healthy for the Season Opener. The man is a true shutd-down corner when healthy. Coach Smith don’t get antsy and play him. The Pre-season is used to evaluate players for certain postions. He’s proven already and we have way too much money invested. That’s just my two cents now off to Tokyo I go. Ya’ll take it easy!

theriddler

August 24th, 2010
3:31 am

You must go vertical to contend, see Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Favre. Our vertical talent/scheme is not up to snuff. Look at that WR corp, weak.

Reggie

August 24th, 2010
3:38 am

Yes the WR corp is weak but we dont exactly have a Manning,Brees,Rodgers or Favre at the QB spot either.

Jen

August 24th, 2010
4:21 am

Enter your comments here

Jen

August 24th, 2010
4:31 am

Y’all take preseason waaaaaaaaaaaay to seriously.

Yes the WR corp is weak but we dont exactly have a Manning,Brees,Rodgers or Favre at the QB spot either
REALLY???….go look and compare Matt Ryan’s stats to those formentioned’s first 2 years.
plus y’all are forgetting Harry Douglas!!!……http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsUrj-Z7b3w

Falcons will win

August 24th, 2010
7:03 am

In reply to the riddler, you definately dont have a clue, we have Matt, and after this season, you and the other Aint’s fans will know the Falcons, having been built for the long haul are going to kick your tails for a long time. go back to the cesspool your crawled out of.

Bring back DJ

August 24th, 2010
7:45 am

Please tell me how Anderson is 1st string, and Kroy is 3rd?!

FalconFan2010

August 24th, 2010
7:53 am

Defensively, I’m glad they went back to their starters from last year, I’m curious to see if they can improve on their performance from last year. I don’t think Spoon is ready to start, just yet and I especially don’t see him as a SLB. I think the coaching staff needs to cut Spoon a break and let him concentrate on his natural abilities with the WLB and get comfortable on that position instead of continuing to cross train him. I think then you will see some improvement with him. But with the Miami game i’m excited to see how our defense looks with the originals/last year and some key additions with Dunta and Peria, I just hope these two are fully healed from their injuries.

D Money

August 24th, 2010
7:53 am

I think we’ll be okay on offense with the WRs we have. I know this is a different year but in Ryan’s rookie season we had all the same WRs and made it to the playoffs. Now that Gonzo will be added to that squad, I have no reason to believe that we won’t go further. Hopefully everyone stays healthy from game one to the Superbowl. The NFC will be very tough this year with Green Bay, Minnesota, Dallas, and yes I hate to say it, New Orleans.

D Money

August 24th, 2010
7:58 am

@ Bring back DJ…I think Anderson is first string for two reasons: 1) money plays a part in it. Atlanta is paying him alot of money so they’re going to make sure they play him and 2) it’s more important for Atlanta to stop the run first than the pass. As of right now Biermann is not as good at stopping the run and Atlanta just spent alot of money on Dunta and Spoon to help in pass defense.

head-mo-fo

August 24th, 2010
7:58 am

Kroy is more of a pass rush specailist not a complete DE (run and pass). He has gained some weight since last season, but he is a little light in the shorts against the run. I am satisfied to see him in passing situations so that the defense can apply pressure when needed and be stout against the run on 1st and 2nd down. Kroy will get his snaps and he is developing quite nicely.

suwaneefalcon

August 24th, 2010
8:00 am

Man, some of you are taking this preseason depth chart to seriously. Print the one on here and compare it to opening day. I think you might see a difference on defense. For now, it is about getting playing time and evaluated. Be patient some grasshoppers.

jim

August 24th, 2010
8:04 am

How is Palmer not atleast the 3rd string TE? Zinger is pathetic!

DJ

August 24th, 2010
8:20 am

You all watch too much TV and probably play too much “fantasy” football. Get off your duff and go to a game; perhaps you might learn something and get a break from DOL and the talking heads telling you what to think.

FYI this stuff comes straight from http://www.atlantafalcons.com. I guess you all think somehow all 79 players on the roster are going to make the team.

Big Fan

August 24th, 2010
8:22 am

So Kerry Meier has been cut already? I thought he was doing well.

CTK

August 24th, 2010
8:24 am

I’m sure TD and Smitty see the same things that we see and with more vision. 1) They are building this team in the right direction. 2) They kept last season together even after all the injuries. 3) This depth chart will change according to their plan. I’m sure they’re not just sitting around waiting for it to fix itself.

The Falcons will be improved for this season. We have an easier schedule and so far we are healthy. We didn’t lose to many players, so they’re building from last year. There’s 3 pluses right there.

uga_b

August 24th, 2010
8:36 am

All this tells me is that it looks like Finn and Weems make the team with a Wolfe or a Bergeron on the practice squad. We have some tough decisions at DT because I like all those guys. Thomas Decoud, Abraham, Lofton, Robinson & Babineaux are the only real Defensive starters and everybode else will rotate.

Ben Ben Right

August 24th, 2010
8:44 am

The hardest part of being a Falcon fan is knowing that you are part of the stupidest fan base in the world.

BATL

August 24th, 2010
9:10 am

Big Fan – Kerry Meier got injured and is out for the season.

truth

August 24th, 2010
9:32 am

Amen Ben Ben Right!!

Grant

August 24th, 2010
9:52 am

D-Led,

Any word on Peters?

Sid

August 24th, 2010
10:16 am

I like it………………bringin’ in the A team!!!

Sid

August 24th, 2010
10:17 am

I looked at each team on the Falcons schedule to see what the opposition had the previous week they play the Falcons. Turns out 12 of the teams played their previous week on the road. They only face one team coming off of their bye week, the Bengals. We catch the Saints coming off of a road trip to SF for Monday Night Football. We catch Carolina coming off a road trip to Seattle. We play Green Bay the week after they play a huge away game against the Vikings.

Falcons Vs who opp. played the previous week
@ Steelers
Arizona @ Rams
@ Saints @ 49ers (MNF)
San Francisco @ KC
@ Cleveland Bengals
@ Eagles @ 49ers
Bengals Bye Week
Falcons Bye Week
Tampa @ Cardinals
Baltimore Miami
@ Rams @ 49ers
Packers @ Minnesota
@ Tampa @ Baltimore
@ Carolina @ Seahawks
@ Seahawks @ 49ers
Saints (MNF) @ Ravens
Carolina @ Steelers

falconsphysco

August 24th, 2010
10:22 am

If cross-training is so valuable, why don’t we take the fastest man on the roster and cross train him at receiver. We don’t have a true burner. Other than Roddy who is very good but not elite and in his defense is doubled all the time, the rest of the bunch would be a fourth or fifth option on quality teams. I am holding out hope that Harry Douglass can come back from injury and excel. Go you dirty birds and ‘Rise Up” Peria Jerry. Any word on Corey Peters?

Sid

August 24th, 2010
10:29 am

I missed that the Eagles also have to travel to SF the week before they play the Falcons…..!!

Sid

August 24th, 2010
10:41 am

This might be easier to read…………………..sorry for taking up room……….

I looked at each team on the Falcons schedule to see what the opposition had the previous week they play the Falcons. Turns out 12 of the teams played their previous week on the road. They only face one team coming off of their bye week, the Bengals. We catch the Saints coming off of a road trip to SF for Monday Night Football. We catch Carolina coming off a road trip to Seattle. We play Green Bay the week after they play a huge away game against the Vikings. Also, Philadelphia plays us after a road trip to SF. And the Saints may well be pretty beat up for that MNF game after they tangle with the Ravens.

Falcons Vs——————————who opp. played the previous week
@ Steelers——————————–
Arizona ———————————–@ Rams
@ Saints———————————–@ 49ers (MNF)
San Francisco—————————–@ KC
@ Cleveland——————————-Bengals
@ Eagles————————————@ 49ers
Bengals—————————————Bye Week
Falcons Bye Week———————————
Tampa—————————————@ Cardinals
Baltimore————————————Miami
@ Rams————————————–@ 49ers
Packers ————————————–@ Minnesota
@ Tampa————————————-@ Baltimore
@ Carolina———————————–@ Seahawks
@ Seahawks ———————————@ 49ers
Saints (MNF)——————————-@ Ravens
Carolina—————————————@ Steelers

DawgDad

August 24th, 2010
11:05 am

The only thing we learned from the KC game was the Chiefs are horrible and will probably struggle to win one or two games.

The New England game was a huge wake-up call; 12-4 teams don’t get manhandled physically and ripped apart on third down like the Falcons did. You can make all the excuses you want; come the regular season those guys playing in the first half are going to see a lot of PT and they can’t compete at the Super Bowl contender level. The ONLY hope is several of the kids mature very quickly as the season progresses.

I’m more than a bit worried about the downfield passing game, too. It was non-existent against NE; I think White had one nice catch on a curl route.

If the NE game was a regular season game it would have been about 34-6 or worse. I don’t see much difference in this Falcons team over last year’s; with a healthy Turner and Ryan they should go 10-6 and compete for a playoff spot but no way is this team ready to compete with the big boys for the rings. Teams like SF, Philly, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Carolina could manhandle this bunch and turn the season very ugly.

james

August 24th, 2010
11:20 am

Is there any word on how Corey Peters is doing? I recall reading last week that he had some sort of injury in the New England game

ICEMANcometh10

August 24th, 2010
11:24 am

Wow. These comments I am reading are you serious. If you got paid to blog MOST of you would owe money.

Turner is the single most important player on this roster and take it how you want. IF he would have came to camp in shape and ready to go you would have seen a repeat from the 08 season. It took him eight games just to get back on the radar and still almost had 1000 weak yards.

Grant

August 24th, 2010
11:34 am

DawgDad,

How can you only give the Falcons 1 more win than last year? He is my logic.

1) The falcons had huge injuries to overcome last year. Jerry, Moore, Douglas will all be back this season. Turner only had 50% of the carries last season due to injury. Matt Ryan missed a couple of games. Add those people back plus a decent crew of rookies and Dunta Robinson. Also the experience gained from last season will make the younger players progess this year.

2)Using wins and losses the Falcons tied for the hardest schedule in the league last year. That doesn’t include the fact that they had to play 5 games against teams coming off a bye week. Give teams 2 weeks to prepare for a young and inexperienced defense and it makes things much more difficult. Also, most of the Falcons tough games were road games. NE on the road. NY Giants on the Road. NY Jets on the road. Philly on the road. Dallas on the road.

3) Jason Elam blew 2 games for us.

That alone gives us atleast 3 more wins. (assuming we can stay healthy)

33TheBurner33

August 24th, 2010
11:37 am

corey peters out 10-14 days

newgafatboy

August 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

how can this be possible, JA still on top of the depth chart at LE. I’m seriously having my doubts about the falcons management ability to valuate talent. everyone in ATL knows the BEERMAN need to be the starting LE, or oposite AB, they cant double team them both
no disrespect to JA , but he is definately more productive in the middle.

Hamp

August 24th, 2010
2:49 pm

Beirman is a very good but he is not big enough to play on 1st and 2nd down those are run downs he needs to be able to pin his ears back and rush on passing down. He is not big enough to take that constant poundig and J anderson is ideal for that it will work well this year J anderson just needs to get us to third and long and Bierman will clean it up. Just watch

SUPERFIN

August 24th, 2010
3:09 pm

It’s gonna be a long , long , long night for y’all.

Got to Upgrade

August 24th, 2010
4:05 pm

Grant: Way too optimistic in my opinion. As presently constituted, the WR’s are bottom half of the league. Other than White there is very little. Douglas, Jerry, and Moore are coming back from injuries, but how much playing time will they see. True the schedule is better, but you can never count on a team staying healthy. One reason the Saints won last year is that they had depth at key positions and when they had injuries it didn’t kill them like it did the Falcons. The only guy they cannot lose is Brees. Unless the Birds make some moves to upgrade, especially at WR, they will be a game either way of last year.