Bubble could burst for Chevis Jackson in Jacksonville

Chevis Jackson is in a battle to keep his roster spot in the revamped seconday.

Chevis Jackson is in a battle to keep his roster spot in the revamped seconday. CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The bubble is going to burst  on some players in Jacksonville in the final exhibition game.

Cornerback is one of the interesting positions.  The Falcons want to see some more of Brian Williams. They may have seen enough of Chevis Jackson, who struggled mightily to cover in space against Miami.

Defensive tackle, one of the other more competitive position groups, is starting to come into focus with the release of Thomas Johnson, who started 10 games last season.  After Peria Jerry and Jonathan Babineaux, it looks like Trey Lewis has locked down the No. 3 spot and could open the season as a starter next to Jerry. (Babs has to sit with his one game suspension.)

“The guys that we are talking about fighting for roster spots are probably going to play more snaps on Thursday than they will during the regular season,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.”It’s going to give us an opportunity to see how they prepare for significant playing time. Most of the guys that we are talking about will be in backup roles or on special teams. We’ll get a real good evaluation because they are going to play significantly in the game on Thursday. ”

Trey Lewis is making a big push for playing time. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Trey Lewis is making a big push for playing time. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The evaluation will not be limited to what happens on the field.

“The second thing that I look for, is if the game is too big for them,” Smith said. “You watch them on the sideline and see how they interact with the coaches.”

Other than Jackson, other players on the bubble are projected to include defensive tackle Vance Walker, wide receiver Troy Bergeron, guard Jose Valdez and center Brett Romberg.

Some of the longshots to keep an eye on are Troy linebacker Bear Woods, tight end Michael Palmer, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey wide receiver Ryan Wolfe and cornerback Dominique Daniels and safety Rafael Bush.

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Billy Ray Valentine....Capricorn

September 1st, 2010
10:05 am

Gotta keep Bear Woods – for the name and hair alone.

Jay Sweenmeister

September 1st, 2010
10:30 am

@Billy Ray……….exactly

PMC

September 1st, 2010
10:33 am

Love that Trey Lewis is back healthy. The Rushing defense numbers are going to improve this year due to better depth at DT. I hope they can keep Vance Walker in some capacity maybe PS.

I still think they could use help at WR but I’m ok with Jenks. I think he can be better.

hiramsaint

September 1st, 2010
10:39 am

if any of these guys have face moles, maybe we’ll sign them at NO. the players we’re cutting are better than the players you falcants are cutting- that says something about how great were going to be. we’ve been practicing against real gamers not just udfa’s. in fact, we’re cutting a few people that have visible moles, although none are face moles, but still.

SeenThisB4

September 1st, 2010
10:42 am

I’ve still got an extra room at my parents house for anyone interested in coming to our World of Warcraft roleplaying event in Lafayette during NO’s bye week. We’re running out of magician costumes and wands though so hurry up and let me know.

GEAUX SAINTS! TIME FOR #2!

Mack1124

September 1st, 2010
10:45 am

I agree with Billy Ray and Jay. You have to keep Bear Woods, just for the name alone.

Blue Fender

September 1st, 2010
10:55 am

It’s going to be funny at seasons’ end when all you Aints fans will be crying “wait till next year”.

jimmymack

September 1st, 2010
11:01 am

i also am pulling for bear woods if he makes the team it would help the troy program .what a name just imagine the jokes

Breesus

September 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Blue Fender,

“Wait til next year” already happened. We won the title last year. Our time is now!

‘The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyrrany of evil Falcons. Blessed are the Saints who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my Saints. And you will know my name is Breesus when I lay my vengeance upon thee.’”

Big B CH 99

September 1st, 2010
11:19 am

Why is Palmer a long shot, I would keep him over Zinger. He shows a lot more upside to me, Zinger has shown me nothing the last 2 yrs. He seems to be an extra offensive linemen to me, he offers nothing in the passing game.

We can’t PS Vance b/c he’ll get picked up by someone else immediately, he played too good when he got the chance last yr, to be able to slip through waivers. Maybe we could PS Palmer.

dawgsfan1990

September 1st, 2010
11:25 am

What’s up with Corey Peters? Is he still in the mix at DT or is he injured or what?

suwaneefalcon

September 1st, 2010
11:30 am

DB, why is Brian Williams now on the bubble? I kept hearing how great it would be to get him back this year. What is going on with him?

Case Quarter

September 1st, 2010
11:39 am

I know they keep saying Jose Valdez and Brett Romberg are on the bubble, but I can’t see any way outside of injury that would allow for them to make the 53 man roster.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 1st, 2010
11:45 am

i’d keep bergeron, in case jenks lets us down again.

Jack

September 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Chante, I mean Chantez needs to go. Keep Bear, at least for good publicity.

Jack

September 1st, 2010
11:57 am

sorry I actually meant Chevis. Obviously he is not good enough for me to remember his name.

terrance X

September 1st, 2010
11:57 am

keep in mind the projections (longshot etc..) are D O Led’s, not the teams ! Led does have a good perspective though its not official. right, Led ?

Jack

September 1st, 2010
12:01 pm

Question how can Romberg be on the bubble, if he is the number 2 center on the latest depth chart ?

Mr. MunnyDolla

September 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Hiramsaint, seenthisb4, got your paper sacks ready? No need to cut new ones… just use the ones you’ve already used for decades.

Smitty

September 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Attention Aint’s fans. Now that Brees has placed his name and face on Madden 2011 don’t expect good things this year. The Madden curse is alive and well. Just ask ConVick.

irishrebel66

September 1st, 2010
12:10 pm

Can we go after some preseason flashes at WR, buried on other teams depth charts like Victor Cruz of the Giants and Stephen Williams at Arizona? They should come cheap.

Football Maniac

September 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

Get these bleeping Saints fans off our blogs!! They are stupid! Go Falcons! Drew Brees will get hurt within the first 2 weeks of the season.. so say hello to the basement saints fans!

Ted Striker

September 1st, 2010
12:17 pm

Would still like to see the NFL expand the active roster to 60 slots. It would improve the game.

Claude

September 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

hope they take a real good look at TE Palmer, he looked impressive last game.

Nique

September 1st, 2010
12:26 pm

I hope we keep Jackson, Palmer, & Walker. Unlike most i hope keep Jackson, heck if nothing else they could trade him to B-more for a late round pick. But i actually think he does a pretty good job at the nickel, not cb so much, but at the nicckel. & i also don’t think we should have cut Thomas.

Any news about bringing in a K for comp to Bryant?

Falcons will win

September 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

Saints time is up! Geaux Falcons.

SeenThisB4

September 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

It has come to my attention that some of you are mocking me about playing World of Warcraft and being a real life magic roleplayer. Well it’s starting to hurt my feelings and I would appreciate you all stop it. I know I’m a Saints fan invading your silly blogs, but there’s no reason to get pursonal. I’m a real person too.

Just know that the more you channel your hate at me, the more raw energy I can channel to the Saints players. I can give them boosts of energy and make them faster and stronger. So you would be wise not to make me mad.

GEAUX FOR #2 SAINTS!

PMC

September 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

Darren SHarper on the PUP list. Replacing him.. Malcolm Jenkins who has hands… not quite as good as his brother.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

What about keeping Bear Woods on the practice squad. He’d still be around and everybody could love his his locks, too.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:52 pm

Big B CH 99 — Zinger is a beast of a blocker. He’s a big ol dude now, too. He really looks good in that No. 3 TE spot. Palmer should land on the practice squad and make the team next year.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

dawgsfan1990 — Knee strain for Mr. Peters. He’ll be ready by the opener.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:54 pm

suwaneefalcons — Count up the CBs All you need is four or five at the most. (Robinson, Grimes, Owens are in. Pick the next two — Jackson, Franks or BW?)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:56 pm

terrance X — You’re right. Not official, but I’ve been at practice everyday and have talked extensively with the decision makers. It’s the best list you’re going to get.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Nique — Kicker wise, we are watching the Houston situation. Kris Brown vs. Neil Rackers. The loser will land somewhere in the league. Brown is 33 and Rackers is 34.

robdawg08

September 1st, 2010
12:58 pm

Orlando, do you realize one person posted all the blogs above (besides yours of course) ? There should be a law against somebody doing this. Ficticious dumb names and posting non-stop 24/7 on every blog…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
12:59 pm

SeenThisB4 — Cheer up. Your season starts sooner than everyone else’s.

suwaneefalcon

September 1st, 2010
1:00 pm

DL, I am thinking that on my chart Jackson is gone. I want to keep Franks because he showed potential and is young. After that, I would like to find a way to hang onto BW because of his experience. Grimes still makes me nervous with NFL receivers.

Terrance X

September 1st, 2010
1:01 pm

DL, u da man !

robdawg08

September 1st, 2010
1:01 pm

I think B.Williams is better than all the other DB’s except D.Robinson.

robdawg08

September 1st, 2010
1:05 pm

So Falcons are gonna take the kicker that doesn’t make the Texans ? That’s really getting a good kicker… Not.

suwaneefalcon

September 1st, 2010
1:06 pm

robdawg, that is my feeling as well. Sort of makes me wonder why we would release the guy. We have to have quality players in the secondary.

robdawg08

September 1st, 2010
1:06 pm

That’s like the Texans taking the loser of the Franks,BWilliams,C.Jackson DB battle as their starting DB…

Bird Watcher

September 1st, 2010
1:11 pm

It’s a no-brainer that Franks stays. He has shown promise as a CB and a returner – more upside than Chevis.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 1st, 2010
1:14 pm

robdawg08 — Don’t know if they will. But Bryant doesn’t have a margin for error in Jax tomorrow night.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 1st, 2010
1:40 pm

D O L
Keep us informed, NCAA football starts tomorrow night, don’t think many will be watching pres-season football. I may tape it, any word if 1st team is starting? Offense needs to start rolling.

Joe Tess Fish House

September 1st, 2010
1:58 pm

My Ideal depth chart at WR:

Roddy, TO, Bergenon,…..and maybe Finnerman. He has dropped a ton of passes in the passed. After that, no one is any good.

Saints LSU

September 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

@ falcons fans keep talking about Brees getting hurt what go around come around ryan mite get hurt

Breesus is my homeboy

September 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

Watch your mouth talking about Breesus that way!!!

On Sept 26th you will see what Breesus is all about!!! I would like to remind you guys Breesus is 7-1 against ATL since signing with the Saints.

Mr. MunnyDolla

September 1st, 2010
3:19 pm

I understand why saints fans are here… they’re not smart enough to have their own blog over there in the anus of the country. Actually we probably have the only 3 or 4 who can read and write. Probably home-schooled… up until the 6th grade. Good luck you goofy-goober saints fans.

Take Good With Bad

September 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

Saints fans GO HOME