Snelling moves up depth chart released for Saints game

00919 Atlanta - SNELLING TOUCHDOWN - Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling runs through a tackle attempt by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the first of his two touchdowns during 2nd quarter action for a 17-7 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.      Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

Did you add Snelling to your fantasy team? Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH –   Understandably, running back Jason Snelling has moved up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart released for the New Orleans Saints game.

With Jerious Norwood out for the season, Gartrell Johnson was added to the roster and slotted as the No. 4 tailback. Antone Smith is the No. 3.

There is nobody listed behind Ovie Mughelli at fullback, but Snelling would take over the backup fullback role if necessary.

According to the depth chart, Eric Weems, who made his first career start last week at wide receiver, will take over the kickoff return duties for Norwood.

OFFENSE

WR 12 Michael Jenkins 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley

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 86 Brian Finneran

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith 27 Gartrell Johnson

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 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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81 comments Add your comment

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 22nd, 2010
7:06 am

Norwood out with another injury???? Surprise, Surprise. Snelling is a much better back anyways. Cut Norwood after the season. He’s been injured more than he’s been active.

The Gamer 10

September 22nd, 2010
7:15 am

Jerious “China Doll” Norwood….Not suprised at all! He has 95 percent chance of getting hurt anytime he touches the ball. Blame it on those skinny bird legs of his..SMH

papafoxx

September 22nd, 2010
7:24 am

Time to get younger with our RB. Norwood needs to go, he’s hurt every year & with Turner starting to show his age a little we have to look for fresh backs. Snelling deserves the chance, hes a hard worker and doesn’t seem fragile yet

Keith

September 22nd, 2010
7:38 am

Is Norwood related to Chris Chandler?

James Ray

September 22nd, 2010
7:54 am

Has anyone seen Gartrell Johnson’s website? http://www.gartrelljohnson33.com He sells t-shirts with his name on them for $30. I’m buying 10 of them right now!

Jeramy

September 22nd, 2010
7:56 am

Where is Roddy White on the depth chart?

Jeramy

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

Nevermind, found him…

James

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

White is #1 and Finneran is listed as his back up.

Season Ticket Holder

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 am

This latest injury maybe the end of Norwood’s career as a Falcon.

SirReal

September 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

I have always liked Norwood but I really think this is what’s gonna get him cut. If that knee doesnt give him the same speed, he’s gone. I appreciated the early years he gave us…now just go on IR, collect your $, and move on…

Resign or Resign?

September 22nd, 2010
8:06 am

Will Jenkins play?

rainman

September 22nd, 2010
8:09 am

It looks like RB has become a priority in next year’s draft.
How would y’all rank these 5 needs — OT, RB, WR, TE, DE …?

James

September 22nd, 2010
8:19 am

WR, CB, DE, OT, RB, TE

suwaneefalcon

September 22nd, 2010
8:19 am

I believe and hope that Norwood has played his last down as a Falcon.

suwaneefalcon

September 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

WR,OT,RB,DE,TE

I want to see how the kid Palmer matures before I move the importance of TE up. I think he is a real sleeper.

uga_b

September 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

DOL,
As someone who scooped him up in fantasy, I would love to know Jenks status as well. Is there any indication they would look at a Klecko or Haynes type again?

ACCnut

September 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

I have always been a Norwood fan but he is hurt way too much for this league.

uga_b

September 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

Rainman:

RB, DE, OT, TE, WR.

Honestly I think this varies based on Turner and think we might get a Tackle in FA so it is not as high. Snelling & Norwood are both FAs after this year.

ToccoaBird

September 22nd, 2010
8:24 am

RB should be top priority in next years draft unless the Falcons can get Green.

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
8:27 am

Antone Smith, undrafted, was cut last year by the Lions, Vikings, and Texans. Gartrell Johnson scored an 11 on the Wonderlic, 1 more than did Marcus Vick. But if he is actually selling those shirts on his website maybe he is smarter than we think. Hmmmm, wonder if he asked the Falcons for #33…………….!!!

WonderDawg

September 22nd, 2010
8:28 am

I hate the knee injury for Norwood, but he has underachieved, mostly due to nagging injuries, his entire career. Always seems to run like the wind in preseason, then is mostly hobbled in the regular season.

In fact, I can think of another guy on a similar tract – Caleb King.

Season Ticket Holder

September 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

QB, OT, TE, RB, WR. I’m sorry, QB was not part of the original list. However, is not to early to think about the future.

mountain_jim

September 22nd, 2010
8:36 am

Norwood should not have running back kickoffs if they wanted him to last well into this season. I knew that even before he went down. Oh well, lets move on. Best to Norwood in his recovery but I doubt he plays again.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

September 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Did anyone else notice that when norwood went down it didn’t look like he was even touched? he looked to me like he cut back as was about to be gone and high stepping and then bang he folded. I hate it for him and hope he recovers and gets to play somewhere.
I am in a very lonely group that thinks Jenks will help the offense a lot get well quick Jenkins.

D boyz

September 22nd, 2010
8:41 am

Will Snelling be putting up close to the same numbers as he did in week 2? Or is Turner going to be taking to much playing time for Snelling to put up some good numbers?

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
8:41 am

Turner and Snelling will both chew up some turf against the Saints Sunday. This will be one helluva game…………!!!

Bird Dog

September 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

All I know is that Moore needs to start every week from here on out if he stays healthy. It’s nice to finally see a Falcons safety that is physical. I’ve said for 2 years that their safeties were too soft and too slow. Coleman is way too slow, he looks like he’s dragging a sofa behind him. Please keep Moore in the starting lineup!

Jeff

September 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

Any word on when Brian Williams will be ready to return to action?

screg

September 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

I hope William Moore starts again this week. We need that playmaking ability at safety if we want to stop NO’s offense. Coleman is strong against the run, but doesn’t stand out in coverage. 안녕!

K Bird

September 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

Yep, Norwood just cut and then he went down. Knee must have blown up when he cut. To bad, the guy is electric when he is well.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

resign — We should get an update on Jenkins today. He was in the open locker room on Monday.

K Bird — Norwood tripped over Shann Schillinger’s heel, then hit the ground. That’s what I saw on the slow motion replay. Will look at it again. DVR is great.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

Jeff — Brian Williams took over for Christopher Owens when he went out against Arizona. He’s back already.

papadawg

September 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

Exactly how I blewup my knee, just cutting, nobody touched me

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

uga_b — See above on Jenks. I will check with the Grandmaster TD on the fullback issue. In the past, he’s been comfortable with Snelling backing up Ovie and Turner.

dawgforlife

September 22nd, 2010
9:15 am

Williams played last Sunday…and I think Moore makes all the difference in the world. teaming with DeCoud, they form the youngest, fastest, hardest hitting, tandom of safties in the NFL

Sid

September 22nd, 2010
9:27 am

@SOUTH GA DAWG FAN
****************************************
I too would like to see Jenkins back in the mix. He had 66 yards on 4 passes and 82 yards on 3 passes respectively in the games against New Orleans last year. This year we’ve thrown to Roddy White 20 times in 2 games, the next highest receptions goes to Jason Snelling with 6 catches. But Harry Douglas leads the team in yards per catch averaging 14 yards per catch.

We’ve lost the last 3 games to NO but under head coach Mike Smith we have never lost to a NFC South rival four games in a row.

The oddsmakers have made the Saints a 4 point favorite, that’s basically home field advantage…….!!

Falcons win 24-21 “Rise Up”

Ron-NS-Fan

September 22nd, 2010
9:33 am

Hate for this to happen, but can’t say I am surprised. I also thought he might get cut. Get well JN. Sorry the let Bear go….I think he is a sleeper…Clay Mathews type. Next year we draft prime RB.

Love it when the Falcons LOSE!!!

September 22nd, 2010
9:35 am

We need more Falcons LOSSES!!

waynester

September 22nd, 2010
9:36 am

DLed
If he’s our #2 RB, AND #2 FB that increases his value (and workload) even more. I haven’t seen anything out of Smith that makes me think he’ll be eating into Snelling and Turner’s number of snaps anytime soon. All that to say I’m concerned about excessive wear and tear on our backs. Anything extra on the 2 newbies would be greatly appreciated–googling these guys doesn’t tell you much….

waynester

September 22nd, 2010
9:40 am

love it…
please check the yellow pages under physicians/psychologists– perhaps they could help you with your obvious issues (as demonstrated by your posting about a team you hate). Good luck in therapy!

papadawg

September 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

Sorry for changing the subject but is it me or is Farve really showing his age

Larry

September 22nd, 2010
10:03 am

papadawg,

Would it be fair to say Farve (or any older athlete for that matter) looks older when performing poorly and younger when performing well…like last year? :-)

PlanB

September 22nd, 2010
10:05 am

What would we have done if Ovie or Jason had gotten hurt? Do we have a backup FB other than Snelling? I like TD & MS but I don’t think Norwood should have made this team. Certainly not as #2 over Snelling who played so well filling in last year. Didn’t realizing his receiving skills were as good as they were until the Arizona game. He looked good. Hope Turner will be at 100% Sunday.
As far as drafting goes, I think OT first in 2011 and RB second. TE should be a first rounder for this team with some basketball background but we’ll have to wait until 2012. Hope TG can make it that long. TB, NO or Carolina got a good one in the draft. Don’t remember which team it was but he will be good.
Go Falcons!! Beat the Saints, their luck has to end some time. They got almost every break Mon. night.

Jeff

September 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

I must have really had too many cold ones if I missed Williams being back. I don’t recall seeing him, but I am sure glad he is back.

Vick

September 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

Hey…Does anyone knows wassup w/ Michael Jenkins? I haven’t heard any info. on him lately.

ATL Observer

September 22nd, 2010
10:55 am

I like Norwood enough (even if he could only be healthy) but really Snelling should have been #2 to begin with. The Saints game should be an intriguing one.

Scott Case

September 22nd, 2010
11:02 am

What is the update on the injury to Chris Owens?

Dennis

September 22nd, 2010
11:16 am

The comments made by a lot of you keyboard kommandos never cease to amaze me. It is a sad fact that Norwood has been oft’ injured, but I’d bet a month’s pay that most of you who denigrate him so viciously couldn’t run SEVEN yards if your life depended on it, much less 75 with a ton of beef on your heels.

Get well soon, Jerious. As I said in another post, even if he never plays antoher down as a Falcon, he’s my hero for single-handedly beating the Florida swamp critters while at MSU.

Jessie Tuggle

September 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

Wow all last week a good number of you had your nuts in an uproar and had hit the panic button. (you know who your are) Now all you can do is talk as if everything is dandy. To all true falcon fans this is a marathon and there are going to be ups and down. The object is to have way more ups than downs. Put the panic mode button in reverse and support management and the team.

JT

Mave2124

September 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Wasn’t Norwood in a contract year? Doesn’t that mean after the season, he is a free agent (not to be signed by us, LOL). Good talent….couldn’t stay healthy. Wished we got the kid the Chiefs drafted. As far as back-up FB…can we resign Klecko if need be?