Depth chart: Biermann, Spoon have won starting spots

Defensive Kroy Biermann has missed the last two days of practice. He might have "tweaked" something.

Defensive Kroy Biermann has won the starting left defensive end position.

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Defensive end Kroy Biermann and rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon have won first-string assignments, according to the “unofficial” depth chart released by the team on Tuesday.

Also,  defensive tackle Trey Lewis will open the 2010 season as a starter in Jonathan Babineaux’s position. Babineaux is serving a one-game suspension.

Biermann, who was the defensive MVP of the preseason with three sacks, beat out Jamaal Anderson, who’s started at the spot for the last three years. He’s listed as the No. 2 left defensive end.

Here’s a look at the depth chart heading into the season opener:

OFFENSE

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 86 Brian Finneran 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 67 Rob Bruggeman

RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

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

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

Falcons rookie Sean weatherspoon, the new owner of No. 56. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Falcons rookie Sean weatherspoon, the new owner of No. 56. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury

DT 97 Trey Lewis 91 Corey Peters

DT 94 Peria Jerry 99 Vance Walker

LE 71 Kroy Biermann 98 Jamaal Anderson 92 Chauncey Davis

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 54 Stephen Nicholas

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire

OLB 53 Mike Peterson 59 Spencer Adkins

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Christopher Owens 24 Dominique Franks

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 29 Brian Williams

S 26 Erik Coleman 25 William Moore

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 9 Michael Koenen 3 Matt Bryant

P 9 Michael Koenen

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 9 Michael Koenen

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126 comments Add your comment

Yep

September 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

ClassicFalcons

September 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

I Don’t Do The First Thing Alot. We Need A Wideout. Housemenzada would of been great. We need a possession wideout who can catch! I BIG on this team though! SUPER BOWL BOUND!! GOOOOOO FALCONS!

grimetime912

September 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

GO FALCONS…GOOD FOR THE BIERMAN BUT I THINK JAMAAL ANDERSON WILL BE IN MORE FOR 1ST DOWN RUN STUFFING AND BIERMAN ON PASS RUN SITUATIONS!!! GET READY STEELER COUNTRY FALCONS WIN 27-13. STEELERS WON’T HAVE ANY OFFENSE AND WILL TURN THE BALL OVER@

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

September 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

DOL,

Much of this makes sense to me. Yes, I understand the decision to go younger with Spoon. Let him play. Nicholas will eventually take Mo Pete’s position. Solid.

I’m even more excited about William Moore and the possibility that he could unseat one of the worst starting safety’s in the league. Got it…GREAT!

Heck, I’m even jumping up and down about the Beer Man. I had seen all I needed to see from J. Anderson (#98) at that position.

HOWEVER, I have been scratching my head about one thing. How in the world do you explain going into a NFL season with Brian Finneran as your possible game one starter????? Its shaky enough to have Jenkins #12 out there…but THIS is the best you can do: Finneran??? I won’t detail #86’s history in ATL. Overview: CUT by Eagles, dropped passes from MV7, etc., etc. Ok, he made a decent career…but how do you justify having him on this squad? He is what…34 yrs old? Two major injuries? T. Dimitroff, M. Smith…what are you thinking????

Vincent Jackson IS available…T.J. Hou#$@%$^ WAS available. Mark Clayton WAS available. Plenty more young receivers ARE available. MAKE A MOVE!!!!

What will it take for us to go grab some REAL WR talent?

FBD

Falconian

September 7th, 2010
6:00 pm

Only disagreement I have is Brian Williams needs to be over Grimes!!!

Bird Dog

September 7th, 2010
6:02 pm

Bierman for President!

grimetime912

September 7th, 2010
6:03 pm

IF RODDY WHITE GOES DOWN WERE DONE PERIOD…..

buckhead benny

September 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Brian Williams will be starting by mid pt of the season- don’t want to put too much pressure with all of the cutting on the turf right away

Falconian

September 7th, 2010
6:07 pm

Grimes is to Mike Smith what Keith Lockhart was to Bobby Cox. Grimes must have some pictures or something!

Ross

September 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

Biermann + Abraham – anyone remember Zook + Humphrey? :) I CANNOT WAIT!!

Bird Dog

September 7th, 2010
6:10 pm

Falconian, right on. Williams should start before Shorty, which will probably happen by week 2 like last year.

LJ

September 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

@Frederick Douglas,

I agree with your first few points about Spoon and Willy Mo.
However, I have (in other related posts) explained my position regarding why it would not make sense for the Birds to go after V-Jack (who is suspended for 4 games, by the way) or Houshmanzedah…(or Antonio Bryant, for that matter).

Yes, Finn had a couple of critical drops back in the 2002 season (the one at Lambeau still strikes horror in my mind). BUT, since then, he has been very reliable and sure-handed. Plus, he does the special teams stuff that V-Jack, Housh and Bryant would not do. Keep in mind, Kerry Meier likely would have beaten out Finn for that roster spot, but since he’s on IR, I have no problem with Finn replacing a 5th round rookie in the roster. Jenkins will play, I am certain of it and he’s a solid #2 WR in this offense (especially since Tony G essentially is the #2 receiving threat).

Mark Clayton is garbage. Wasn’t he a 2nd round pick? I would take Finn over him for this team.

And as for REAL WR talent, let me repeat for the THIRD time in the last few days. The Falcons have sent a WR to the Pro Bowl 2 years in a row. Has this ever happened with the Falcons? And how many NFL teams can say that? (Keep in mind Tony G should have made it at TE last year, so that’s two Pro Bowl caliber receiving threats in our offense).

@Falconian, I would argue that it should be Owens over Grimes, with Grimes as Dunta’s backup and Willams as Owens’ backup. But, Owens will be on the field as the nickel. Williams is still hampered by the knee injury.

Dilla

September 7th, 2010
6:15 pm

Weatherspoon should not be starting, he did not look great in preseason. He was out of place at times and couldn’t cover TE’s and running backs out the backfield. Peterson made some good plays in limited time. They should increase weatherspoons mins later in the season as he gets more experience.

wise one

September 7th, 2010
6:21 pm

these are my grades guys
DEFENSE: A+ WHEN BABS COMES BACK THIS DEFENSE WILL BE UNBELIEVEABLE
OFFENSE: B+ IM SURE THOMAS DIMITROFF IS WORKING ON A DEAL FOR A NEW WIDE OUT, BUT UNTIL THEN ITS GOING TO BE MEDIOCRE OFFENSE. THANK GOD WE STILL HAVE OUR RUNNING GAME IN MICHEAL TURNER.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A WE HAVE A SOLID SPECIAL TEAMS.

wise one

September 7th, 2010
6:26 pm

DILLA SEAN WEATHEESPOON SHOULD BE STARTING. WE NEED TO GIVE HIM CONFIDENCE THAT WE TRUST HE WILL HOLD HIS OWN. BESIDES WHATS THE POINT OF GETTING HIM IN THE FIRST ROUND IF HES NOT GOING 2 START. TRUST ME DILLA THE FALCONS KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

dawgfan0711

September 7th, 2010
6:32 pm

Dilla–Peterson is starting at the other outside linbacking spot. Weatherspoon should play ahead of Nicholas. I think the defense will be close to the top 10-12. Offense needs another recieving threat oppisote of Roddy White. I see 11-5 season for the Falcons and Saints with it coming to tie-breaking methods to decide division champ.

nash

September 7th, 2010
6:37 pm

I can all ready tell how next years draft will look by what is happening this year. The falcons need help at rec and corner again

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

September 7th, 2010
6:38 pm

Glad to see that Biermann is FINALLY getting his due. I believe that the Falcons D will surprise a lot of folks this year. I have been a Brian Finneran fan for years (got height but is now way too slow), but his time should be up in terms of being a WR for the Falcons. There has got to be someone available that is better than Finneran as a WR and special teams player.

Also we still need a change at offensive coordinator in order to be better than the Saints in the NFC South. Mularkey is definitely not “IT”.,….way too predictable!!!!! That roll out to the right play that he continually uses (the one where Ryan rolls out to the right) is going to get Ryan injured and/or killed.

33TheBurner33

September 7th, 2010
6:41 pm

looks good, dont hate on Grimes, he’s getting better and better. He’s better than brian williams. I agree with most that we could use another reciever, but I think Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith know more about football than anybody on this blog, so I trust their decisions.

Bob in SF

September 7th, 2010
6:52 pm

Like the D but not sure how much Peterson has left in the tank, he really slowed down as the season progressed last season. I would love to see Adkins push him for time.

wise one

September 7th, 2010
6:55 pm

NASH- R U HIGH ON METHANE OR DID I JUST SEE U WRITE WE NEED HELP AT CORNER. FIRST OF WE HAVE 4 SOLID AND IMPROVING CONERBACKS IN GRIMES(6INTS), OWENS(4INTS), BRIAN WILLIAMS( 1INT RETURNED FOR TD),DOMINQUE FRANKS( GREAT PUNT RETURNER)
THEN WE GOT DUNTA ROBINSON!!!!!!! PLEASE MAKE SURE U KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT BEFOR YOU WRITE IT.

D Money

September 7th, 2010
7:13 pm

I’m not sure what the coaching staff is doing but I don’t agree with a couple of moves. IMO the starting LBs should be Lofton, Nicholas, and Spoon. And Owens should be starting at LCB instead of Grimes.

BeefATL72

September 7th, 2010
7:14 pm

You armchair GM’s need to stick to your day jobs & fantasy leagues. Let the professionals who have turned this franchise around in 3 years tell us what’s needed.

If I just had a nickle for everytime one of you idiots told us who we must trade for or who should start over whom, I’d be rich.

waynelaster

September 7th, 2010
7:20 pm

Finnerman is a big receiver especially in the redzone but he is no threat in a 2 receiver set. We need a deep threat Finnerman is a decent 3rd or 4th receiver but to get to the next level we need a playmaker.

D Money

September 7th, 2010
7:23 pm

@Beef– let’s see what fans have been saying over the past few years
- get rid of Houston
-keep Schaub over Vick
-use Norwood more like a Reggie Bush
-get D-Line help
-get a cornerback
get rid of Brooking, he’s slow

These are just a few things that fans have suggested and they were either done or the organization wish it was done sooner. The true fans are right 90% of the time. So if fans had a nickle for everytime we suggesgted things that either worked or things the organization eventually did any way, we all would be rich.

Sec 111 row 4

September 7th, 2010
7:39 pm

They have the right people starting. Keep in mind the Falcons sub a lot. Just because you start doesn’t necessary mean that you will get starter minutes. Grimes made some big plays last season when the game was on the line.Owens also gained a lot of experience at the corner. Fortunately, we have our toughest opponents at the dome. Go Falcons!

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

September 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

Just a few more days. I feel like a Pointer Sister (I’m so excited!).

Go Falcons!!!

Crabapplejoe

September 7th, 2010
7:42 pm

Thank goodness the coaching staff finally woke up on the Beirman….

Sly Ty

September 7th, 2010
7:45 pm

I like the Beer Man getting significant playing time, however I really like JA98 stuffing the run on 1st downs. Also, I am very glad that the TD and Smitty did not bring in reject WRs like Houseamizzala or Antonio Bryant. There is a reason they were released from their respective ball clubs. Houseamizzala will still get a huge chunk of money from the Seahawks, and he is only a slot guy.

Westside J

September 7th, 2010
8:00 pm

86/12 neither are the answer! I agree with fbd! Go get VjJay, trade 12 and next hrs 2rd pick to SD. Douglas can hold it down until Jackson comes off suspension. If you bring VJ in the fold you don’t have to draft a WIde Out for 5 yrs. With White Jackson Douglas and all respect to 88 he cab retire and we won’t skip a beat. I appreciate that this organization seems to have a plan for the first time and yrs but it’s time to step outside the box and make a move that will allow you to really compete with Dallas GB and NO.

Mike Jay

September 7th, 2010
8:02 pm

Lombardi on NFL.com had an article entitled the 53 reasons to be intrigued by the upcoming season. Coming in at #18 was Matt Ryan but I was surprised to see at #48 Kroy Bierman. Here is the quote “He is one of those players most of America has never heard of, but he is a talented pass rusher and the second best player on the Falcons’ defense.”

alrady gettign national press as he should , he is an animal and in the backfield every play. Link to article below…
http://www.nfl.com/kickoff/story/09000d5d81a4bf94/article/fiftythree-reasons-to-be-intrigued-heading-into-the-season

Samuel

September 7th, 2010
8:06 pm

Don’t worry if Spoon and Beirmann aren’t effective, they won’t be starting long. The way to stay a starter is by being productive……

Crabapplejoe

September 7th, 2010
8:14 pm

The Birds should pick up Matt Jones to shore up the WR corps….we could get a 6′6 WR who ran a 4.3 at the combine and led his NFL team in receiving in 2008….not a bad deal for the vets minimum salary. He just got released by the Bengals who are very deep at WR…..Owens, Ochoidiot, Shipley etc…

SHOTYME

September 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

Bent Grimes = 6 interceptions, started 8 games

torgo

September 7th, 2010
8:28 pm

Improvement in the deeper end of the WR corps would be nice. Finneran and Weems won’t cause any DCs to lose sleep.

The Falcons have the depth to be serious contenders pretty much everywhere except for WR. And they do have a roster spot to play with even after Babineaux returns next week – they’re still carrying ex-practice squad players Rob Bruggeman and Antone Smith, both of whom are quite expendable.

Otherwise, the roster is pretty sweet from top to bottom. Just keep your fingers crossed that Matt Bryant doesn’t completely become Nick Mike-Mayer the way that Elam did last year.

ajc pariah

September 7th, 2010
8:34 pm

That kicking game will cost us.The no fun league has evolved into a field goal kickers league.Are kickers paid less than long snappers? It says a lot when your punter also kicks off.

Westside J.

September 7th, 2010
8:40 pm

Kicker and WR is where we can still improve. Step outside the BOX TD and go get Vjack

hmmmm..........

September 7th, 2010
9:14 pm

So why didn’t they cut anderson?

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
9:18 pm

I wish the Chargers would kiss and makeup with VJ so people would stop talking about our need to “stretch the field” and stop wanting TD to make some stupid trade for him. Roddy White, Tony G. Norwood, Douglas now Palmer and yes Jenkins, not to mention Turner and yet people say we’ll be a mediocre offense without VJ! I want these people in my fantasy league!

Hobbler

September 7th, 2010
9:19 pm

Could we try to resign Tim Mazetti and Alfred Jenkins?

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
9:25 pm

step outside the box? dude there is no box

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
9:26 pm

Matt Jones? you want us to pick up a coke head?

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
9:29 pm

please TD don’t bring some prima donna WR in here ans waste a future draft pick.

Jake

September 7th, 2010
9:30 pm

We need to trade for Vincent jackson

GregKennesaw

September 7th, 2010
9:40 pm

VJ has been suspended 4 games for 2 DUI’s. If he gets a third, he’s gone for a year. What draft pick do you think TD should give up for this GREAT WR?

FrontRow

September 7th, 2010
9:40 pm

@D Money – how about we just fire the whole front office and make the decisions based on blog popularity.

Go back and play tiddlywinks with your fantasy team dork.

Crabapplejoe

September 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

@GregKennesaw who wrote: “Matt Jones? you want us to pick up a coke head?”

Well now the Cowboys and the NFL seemed to give Michael Irvin a second, third and fourth chance….even allowing him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after arrests for cocaine. Matt Jones essentially got suspended for four games for drinking a beer on a golf course with some buddies. But he still managed to lead the Jaguars in receiving in 2008 while playing only 12 games…and that’s with David friggin’ Garrard throwing the ball to him. I think he’s worth a try at the vets minimum considering his size and speed. By all accounts he does not have a drug problem and has been training very hard.

D Money

September 7th, 2010
10:00 pm

@ Frontrow first of all I don’t know what tiddlywinks is so you HAVE to be the dork and secondly I was pointing out how many times fans were right. Secondly, do you want to be butt buddies with BeefATL or something because I was talking to him, hince the @Beef before I began typing. I’m sure that person can answer for themselves. So how about you, who’s probably a new fan as of last month and don’t know squat, go back to your little playroom in your parent’s house and play with your little action figures you idiot. You would have done better listing times when the fans were wrong and actually having some kind of real argument.

Jake

September 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

Trust me Mike Smith Will put a Foot up his ass if VJ does anything

Jake

September 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

If not VJ how about Laveranues Coles?!?!