Johnson, Giordano released to make it to 75

Falcons coach Mike Smith after the 16-6 win over Miami. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons coach Mike Smith after the 16-6 win over Miami. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Update

FLOWERY BRANCH – Defensive tackle Thomas Johnson, who started 10 games last season for the Falcons, was waived injured on Tuesday.

Also, safety Matt Giordano was terminated with an injury settlement in order to reduce the roster to 75 per the NFL rules.

The Falcons, who play at Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, will have to reduce their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Johnson was slowed in training camp by an Achilles injury. He played in 13 games last season and had 27 tackles, two sacks and a force fumble.

Giordano was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on March 16, 2010 after spending the 2009 season with the Green Bay Packers. Giordano was originally selected in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Here’s a look at the roster:

Quarterbacks (3)

Locks: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson.

Running backs (5)

Locks: Jerious Norwood, Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli, Jason Snelling and Dimitri Nance.

Long shots: Dan Klecko and Antone Smith.

Wide receivers (5)

Locks: Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran and Eric Weems.

On the bubble: Troy Bergeron.

Long shots: Andy Strickland, Tim Buckley, Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe.

Injured reserve: Kerry Meier.

Tight ends (3)

Locks: Justin Peelle, Ketih Zinger and Tony Gonzalez.

Long shots: Michael Palmer and Robbie Agnone.

Offensive line (9)

Locks: Todd McClure, Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, Sam Baker, Tyson Clabo, Will Svitek, Garrett Reynolds, Joe Hawley, and Mike Johnson.

On the bubble: Jose Valdez and Brett Romberg.

Long shots: Rob Bruggeman and Blake Schlueter.

Defensive line (9)

Locks: Trey Lewis, John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury, Corey Peters, Chauncey Davis, Peria Jerry, Jonathan Babineaux, Jamaal Anderson.

On the bubble: Vance Walker.

Long shots: Emmanuel Stephens and Maurice Lucas.

Linebackers (6)

Locks: Curtis Lofton, Mike Peterson, Stephen Nicholas, Sean Weatherspoon, Coy Wire and Spencer Adkins.

Long shots: Robert James, Weston Johnson and Bear Woods.

Defensive backs (8)

Locks: Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens, Dunta Robinson, William Moore, Dominique Franks, Erik Coleman, Shann Schillinger and Thomas DeCoud.

On the bubble: Brian Williams and Chevis Jackson.

Long shots: Rafael Bush, Dominique Daniels and Eric Brock.

Specialists (4)

Locks: Matt Bryant, Michael Koenen and Joe Zelenka.

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111 comments Add your comment

jim

August 30th, 2010
9:28 am

Zinger at 3rd string TE? D you are better than that!!! Palmer is head and shoulders better than him! Palmer is def. the 3rd string

Case Quarter

August 30th, 2010
9:34 am

Palmer will be on the PS. Nance over Antone Smith is interesting though. And Brian Williams on the bubble.

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2010
9:34 am

There’s no “under” when you kick off dirt. The NFL should allow a tee for that. What a crappy stadium.

waynester

August 30th, 2010
9:34 am

The best thing about the expanded season would be the additional manpower each team would be able to retain. With an extra 2 games(that count) looks like the league will have to expand rosters and that could lead to some nice changes. All of a sudden, a team could have a guy like Leroy Vann just to return kicks, not try to force him to play cornerback to justify his being on the team. You could have more specialists like kickers that only kickoff or that only kick long ones,etc. The 53 man roster needs to be expanded…..

Dukester

August 30th, 2010
9:37 am

I am really worried about this season.

Jeff

August 30th, 2010
9:45 am

I’m sure there’s another kicker available after all the final NFL cuts this weekend that’s better than Matt Bryant……….

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

August 30th, 2010
9:47 am

Great read !! and its great to be back on the blog after losing the last few weeks to a burned up computer , but at least i made it back before the season starts.

PMC

August 30th, 2010
9:48 am

This is what I’ve been talking about since the draft. Matt Bryant is not an elite kicker. I don’t understand why this team thinks it can get by going 1TD for 13 drives in the preseason with the first team (essentially picking up where they left off last year) and trying to use the equivalent of an 83 Hyundai as a kicker when they need a Ferrari.

You want to win 12 of 13 games TD… go find a guy who is above the 90th percentile. Your offense… isn’t good enough yet to score more TD’s.

We have had opportunities to fix problems the last several years at kicker… and they took these titanic long shot WR’s and DB’s from small conferences.

It’s like they don’t even seem to notice how bad thier place kicking is year to year.

Part of it could be the blocking, part of it could be the long snapper I get it. But we are supposed to have an excellent special teams coach. Missing EP’s…. NOT ACCEPTABLE in the NFL ever.

I’m still not overly concerned on the whole about this season. They are at least a 10 or 11 win team with what they have in place.

The Falcons are not getting over that hump though without scoring A LOT of points and the way they have been the last 2 years…. they could be trying FG’s 3 or 4 times a game… I’d feel a lot better about it if they had a guy like Garrett Hartley taking those kicks instead of the very average Matt Bryant.

bigstack19

August 30th, 2010
9:51 am

I just can’t wait for the season to start. It has the feel of a special one.

rudy

August 30th, 2010
9:52 am

this season feels scary….

Falcon57

August 30th, 2010
10:00 am

Jeff, I sure hope you’re right about another kicker being available after the cuts are made. I think it was 3 games Elam cost us last year missing makeable kicks and I’m getting the feeling this year could be worse!!

ernisTbass

August 30th, 2010
10:04 am

Need to swap Norwood for Finneran and thank Finn for the memories and allow Norwood to create some besider the IR list, Make Woody a receiver or let him go

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
10:05 am

Predictable. I am more curious in starters, especially on defense. Did Grimes lock down the left CB job? Will Moore (the only SS on the roster) take the starting job?

Depth everywhere except SS. Not enough said about Grimes – the guy just keeps getting better too bad that doesn’t translate into 2 or 3 inches of height.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 30th, 2010
10:07 am

can we just go ahead and get rid of Anderson? does anyone honestly think he’ll contribute anything this year?

hornblowermg

August 30th, 2010
10:09 am

I would really like for Coach Smith to find a kicker who is dependable to 40 yards. It means a whole lot to an offense’s confidence to know that when they stop that there is a dependable kicker to finish the job. That’s not even mentioning missed extra points.

#1 Ryan Fan

August 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Ok I dont see it, what about this Falcons team seems special? Our starting WR, CB corps is weak and we are not very deep at these positions either. We have allot of potential at RB but you cant have Norwood, Turner and Snelling on the field at one time. I believe in Ryan but who is he going to throw too? White will be double teamed, and Gonzalez targeted by opposing D’s. The preseason has shown us we can drive down the field but cant close the door via driving ground force or kick….our best hope is that Ryan scrambles for one a game and Gonzalez catches the others, with the D getting confused on White coverage once every couple of games. I honestly dont see it, I really think we are lucky to make another 9-7 season which may get us in the first round but I dont think it keeps us there very long. I think we need an average to good WR to take heat off White and a PRO BOWL CB or two to keep the opposing teams passing game in check, otherwise a normally ground heavy team is gonna be throwing 40 yard passes over our head as Grimes and Owens trot back to the sideline before Ocho Quatro types even reach the endzone.

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BKJ

August 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Not that 4th string RB is all that important, but I like Antone Smith better than Nance. I could be swayed based on their play this week.

DirtyBird3

August 30th, 2010
10:15 am

I would like to see Thomas Johnson and Brian Williams make the team. Thomas Johnson was pivotal in the 11th ranked run defense last year and solidified a erratic defensive line when Perry went down last year. Brian Williams gives us another utility player at CB and FS coming off the bench. Both players when healthy are good enough to start and provide very solid depth.

head-mo-fo

August 30th, 2010
10:15 am

Matt Bryant should be a major concern. We all remember last years kicking woes with Jason Elam (he cost us three games)… We better address the kicking game or it will surely haunt us if we are in a shoot out….

No disrespect to Matt Bryant but, we need to shore that position up. We had a chance at young outstanding place kicking talent late in the draft and we passed on it to take Schillinger late whom we could have had as a free agent.

waynelaster

August 30th, 2010
10:16 am

I think our offensive line is great, Ryan had enough time to move around & think. We are spinning a litlle in our passing game. But in preseason you work out the kinks, we will be fine.

Dirty Bird

August 30th, 2010
10:19 am

Chevis Jackson should atleast bring a draft pick versus getting cut?

head-mo-fo

August 30th, 2010
10:25 am

I agree with you Dirty Bird.

We should trade Chevis Jackson to Baltimore whom desparetly needs corner help instead of cutting him and receiving nothing.

Ryan

August 30th, 2010
10:26 am

Why is Williams on the bubble, wasn’t he a starter last year before getting injured? Aren’t Robinson, Moore, and Franks the only ones who weren’t on the team last year? How did the other 4-5 guys pass him up?

Falconian

August 30th, 2010
10:27 am

Not only should Brian Williams make the team he should be the starting corner. Brent Grimes was being pushed around out there like a little girl. Lets trade Dimitroff back to New England for a corner that knows how to hit somebody off the line!

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
10:27 am

All you JA98 haters either watch too much TV or play too much fantasy or, more likely, both. He is a beast to block – hence a running team (Dolphins), trying to establish the run, at home, failed to score a TD.

JA is critical and so is the rotation (up to the coaches) correctly rotating the run/pass DL. A guy like JA helps so much in a way that you do not see on TV or realize in the “fantasy” stats.

It appears the coaches have finally established a mean streak in him. A little Clabo/Dahl mentality in JA will shut you haters up.

Why is Brian Finneran a lock and still on the roster. I it amazing how he survives year after year. What a waste of a roster spot.

August 30th, 2010
10:30 am

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Long Time Fan

August 30th, 2010
10:32 am

Brian Williams on the bubble?? When he was healthy last year he played great. It was after his injury that the defensive backfield went back to jell in a handbasket! Maybe he’s not fully recovered from his injury.

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
10:33 am

Just like the Falcons last year, teams like the Ravens are combing the waiver wire and will find what they are looking for – free.

If the Falcons execute a trade before the final cut, it would be a major feather for Dimitroff.

@Falconian – Grimes gets “pushed around” because the opponents think they can get away with it. The guy is a flat out pest the has learned to get inside the reciever’s heads. His play against the Saints bears that out and will bear fruit this year (should have last year).

Prof

August 30th, 2010
10:33 am

OKay FrontRow – you know better than all of us. Fans, media, experts, commentators.

If you say JA is a beast, then everybody else is wrong. Congrats.

robdawg08

August 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Morten Anderson K at 60 years-old is a better option than Bryant…

robdawg08

August 30th, 2010
10:49 am

I agree about Brian Williams. He’s a hard hitter and better than shorty Brent Grimes.

GregKennesaw

August 30th, 2010
10:52 am

I agree we should try to trade chevis jackson to the ravens, maybe get a 6th or 7th for him? He looked lost against Miami, missed tackles.

Grimes may be short, but he led the team in interceptions last year.

If Williams is healthy he should start opposite dunta

I would hate to see Vance Walker go, he’ll get picked up by someone quick.

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
10:55 am

No Prof not everybody. Thankfully, not the coaches mostly just couch potatos (does that word need an “e”?).

Eric

August 30th, 2010
11:12 am

Brian Williams on the “Bubble”, he’s got to be still hurt. He was the best defensive back Atlanta had last year before he was injured. As a fan starting Grimes scares me to death I like his heart, but because of his size he too little to play every down.

Big B CH 99

August 30th, 2010
11:12 am

I like Palmer over Zinger, he’s got a lot of upside. He could be a productive TE, he seems to have good hands and be a threat in the passing game, Zinger is just another OL. I don’t see why Williams is on the bubble, he was our best CB last yr before he got hurt.

Finn is a lock definitely w/ Jenkins & Kerry out. He’s a veteran that can be a decent possession guy.

head-mo-fo

August 30th, 2010
11:16 am

Chevis could start at the Nickel for another team. I’d say his is worth a 4th round pick to Baltimore.

Bryan Williams shouldn’t be on the bubble he was a beast last year when healthy.

Franks should be on the bubble and prepared to hit the practice squad for a year.

If we are going to make a run this year we will need Bryan Williams more than Franks.

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
11:17 am

Maybe Brian Williams is trade bait.

ATL Fan

August 30th, 2010
11:22 am

Looks like JA98 has found a home at DT. Combined with Perry, could create some interesting problems for O-Lines.

jarvis

August 30th, 2010
11:24 am

Am I going out on a limb here? Can’t we use a late draft pick at some point on a kicker?

Every year it’s the same thing.

ATL Fan

August 30th, 2010
11:24 am

Oops…Meant P Jerry (not Perry).

ATL Fan

August 30th, 2010
11:25 am

On a PAT in the dirt, would it not be better to use the old style straight kick rather than the “soccer style” kick?

truth

August 30th, 2010
11:30 am

Your superbowl teams this year will be the Packers and Texans.

FrontRow

August 30th, 2010
11:30 am

No. The best way to make up for a dirt field is to not let your opponent score a TD.

Goal accomplished!

North FLA Falcon

August 30th, 2010
11:32 am

I love FInneran but I think he is done this year. Don’t keep a guy for “sentimental” reasons. I also like Smith over Nance at RB. I like Romberg so maybe cut Svitek or Reynolds? Finally, why is Chris Owens #21 a “lock” he had a terrible game vs Miami, he got beat several times. I’d look real closely at him again before making a decision. GO BIRDS.

mcbubba

August 30th, 2010
11:36 am

not crazy about the depth at wideout, and the Birds really need to upgrade at placekicker..

alanfalcon

August 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Have faith Falcons, we are in uncharted territory but let T.D. & Smitty do there thing, they have proven themselves worthy and will continue to move forward again this year.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gradybaby48

August 30th, 2010
11:39 am

Palmer at TE and Valdez at OL look like keepers to me

mcbubba

August 30th, 2010
11:44 am

Actually, Baltimore has one more kicker than they need, maybe a deal for one of them could be worked out?

robdawg08

August 30th, 2010
11:54 am

Grimes gets those picks because the QB never saw his short azz…