Falcons’ Friday Night Lights depth chart

 

 

 

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher works on his technique during practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher works on his technique during practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

 

 

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s the unofficial working depth chart for the Friday Night Lights scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Norcross High.

Don’t pay too much attention to the one and twos. You won’t see that much of them. Concentrate on the three, four and fives.

Also, the Falcons signed tight end Aaron Simmons on Friday.  Simmons, who played at Arizona, takes the spot that was vacated by Robbie Agnone, who suffered a foot injury and reached an injury settlement with the team.  

Here are couple of guys to keep an eye on:

  •  Rookie Cliff Matthews (Number 98, 6-4, 268) has been impressive in one-on-one drills. He’s very sturdy and moves well off the edge.
  • Linebacker Youri Yenga (Number 49, 6-1, 231) he’s moving well in space and has made some nice hits.
  • Cornerback Kamaal McIlwain (Newberry) has made some interceptions and shown some nice speed.
  •  Defensive end Emmanuel Stephens (Number 96, 6-3, 255) always seems to be around the ball.
  • Safety Rafael Priest (Number 38, 5-10, 181) has flashed into a few plays early in training camp.
  • Quarterback Adam Froman (Number 13, 6-4, 220) has received a lot of work with John Parker Wilson just becoming eligible to practice on Thursday. (Wilson was an exclusive rights free agent and couldn’t start practice until the league year started on Thursday).

OFFENSE

 Quarterback – 1. Matt Ryan (Number 2), 2. Chris Redman (8), 3. John Parker Wilson 9(4), 4. Adam Froman (13).

Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Adam Froman throws a pass during practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Adam Froman throws a pass during practice at training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Running Back – 1. Michael Turner (33), 2. Jacquizz Rodgers (22), 3. Gartrell Johnson (27), 4. Antone Smith (35), 5. Philip Sylvester (32).

Fullback – 1. Ovie Mughelli (34), 2. Lucas Cox (42), 3. Thor Merrow (40).

Wide Receiver – 1. Julio Jones (11), 2. Eric Weems (14), 3. Andy Strickland (15), 4. Tim Buckley (16), 5. Doug Beaumont (18). Wide Receiver – 1. Roddy White (84), 2. Harry Douglas (83), 3. Kerry Meier (80), 4. Brandyn Harvey (17), 5. Drew Davis (19), 6. P.J. Gore (89)

Right Tackle – 1. Tyson Clabo (77), 2. Jose Valdez (65)

Right Guard – 1. Garrett Reynolds (75), 2. Andrew Jackson (69), 3. Matt Murphy (66).

 Center – 1. Todd McClure (62), 2. Joe Hawley (61), 3. Ryan McMahon (C)

 Left Guard – 1. Justin Blalock (63), 2 Mike Johnson (79), 3. Rob Bruggeman (67), 4. Paul Flenaroli (68).

Left Tackle – 1. Sam Baker (72), 2. Will Svitek (74), 3. Rob McGill (70).

 Tight End – 1. Tony Gonzalez (88), 2. Justin Peelle (87), 3. Michael Palmer (81) , 4. Marquez Branson (85), 5. Ryan Winterswyk (86), 6. Aaron Simmons (48).

DEFENSE

Falcons coach Mike Smith talks to players during Thursday's practice at the team's facility in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith talks to players during Thursday's practice at the team's facility in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

 Right Defensive End – 1. John Abraham (55), 2. Chauncey Davis (92), 3. Lawrence Sidbury (90), 4. Tom McCarthy (70).

 Under Tackle – 1. Jonathan Babineaux (95), 2. Peria Jerry (94), 3. Trey Lewis (97).

 Left Defensive Tackle – 1. Corey Peters (91), 2. Vance Walker (99), 3. Kiante Tripp 76.

 Left Defensive End - 1. Ray Edwards (93), 2. Kroy Biermann (71), 3. Cliff Matthews (98), 4. Emmanual Stephens (96).

Strongside Linebacker – 1. Stephen Nicholas (54), 2. Robert James (51), 3. LaMarcus Thompson (46).

Middle Linebacker – 1. Curtis Lofton (50), 2. Coy Wire, 3. Akeem Dent (43), 4. Bear Woods (45)

Weakside Linebacker – 1. Sean Weatherspoon (56), 2. Mike Peterson (53), 3. Spencer Adkins (59), 4. Youri Yenga (49).

Left Cornerback – 1. Brent Grimes (20), 2. Dominique Franks (24), 3. Kamaal McIlwain (26), 4. Kirk Belgrave (37).

Free Safety – 1. Thomas DeCoud (28), 2.Shann Schillinger (39), 3. Suaesi Tuimaunei (41).

Strong Safety – 1. William Moore (25), 2. Rafael Bush (36), 3. Matt Hansen (30), 4. Rafael Priest (38).

Right Cornerback – 1. Dunta Robinson (23), 2. Christopher Owens (21), 3. Darrin Walls (29),

SPECIALISTS

Kick returner – 1. Eric Weems, 2. Jacquizz Rodgers

Punt returner – 1. Eric Weems, 2. Harry Douglas, 3. Jacquizz Rodgers

Punter - 1. Matt Bosher (5), 2. Ken Parrish (6), 3. Jacob Harfman (1)

 Kicker – 1. Matt Bryant (3), 2. Matt Bosher (5)

Snapper - 1. Joe Zelenka (82), 2, Andrew Schulze (47)

 Holder – 1. Matt Bosher (5), 2. Ken Parrish (6), 3. Jacbo Harfman (1), 4. Kerry Meier (80).

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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93 comments Add your comment

@azjajo84

August 5th, 2011
1:54 pm

looking foward to seeing how these CB are going to play. we need to have a strong nickle CB.
oh yeah…First

PMC

August 5th, 2011
2:02 pm

Some interesting depth chart assignments. I would have thought Peters and Jerry would be at the same spot as well as Reynolds and Johnson. I guess perhaps they are cross training.

PMC

August 5th, 2011
2:03 pm

Also, the 4th string QB is the Sausage King of Chicago?

CONservative Johnson

August 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

Is this the first one that has no television?

Swingman912

August 5th, 2011
2:05 pm

Did we release Sidbury

honest_abe

August 5th, 2011
2:07 pm

looks like reynolds is winning the rg battle. after most had already assumed it was johnsons.

jerry is useless. yet another first rd bust.

Harrison

August 5th, 2011
2:11 pm

DOL,

Does Youri Yenga has a legit shot at making the 53-man team (or practice squad)? Gotta rep my college, SMU.

Runner-

August 5th, 2011
2:22 pm

BOOM!! Love everything except for Grimes over Franks and the fact that Snelling isn’t back yet. Other than that, our roster is full of Pro Bowlers!! Falcons on top 2012 Super Bowl Champs!!

Runner-

August 5th, 2011
2:22 pm

Runner-

August 5th, 2011
2:23 pm

Astro Joe

August 5th, 2011
2:31 pm

Dang, Abe, give Jerry more than a handful of practices to push Peters out of his job. All reports suggest that Jerry is looking healthy and more agile so far. At least give him until the 3rd preseason game. :lol:

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 5th, 2011
2:32 pm

Swiman912 — Sidbury has not been released.

Harrison — Too early to tell. But I loved the 30 for 30 on SMU!!!!

chickenman

August 5th, 2011
2:35 pm

Cant wait to go tonight…so glad quizz is showing enough to win #2. As for moment of the night the corner battle

John Kimble

August 5th, 2011
2:36 pm

Can’t handle the criticism Dled? You go back and fix you previously butchered sentence, but don’t leave the comments pointing out your mistake?

Hey, that sounds familiar!

Runner-

August 5th, 2011
2:38 pm

@chickenman he doesnt have much competition with Snelling still out

jrock

August 5th, 2011
2:38 pm

Any update on snelling?

John Kimble

August 5th, 2011
2:39 pm

Should be interesting how Dent handles things.

Andy

August 5th, 2011
2:39 pm

Runner – Don’t understand Franks over Grimes. Grimes is the best corner on the team by far.

Rikus

August 5th, 2011
2:40 pm

Guess I’m not the only one who thinks that the above running back depth chart is *#%#ing scary without Jason Snelling on it.

Lord Stanley

August 5th, 2011
2:42 pm

DOL- What is the status of Sidbury if he has not been released. I did not see him on the depth chart.

MonkDaddy

August 5th, 2011
2:44 pm

@PMC

That’s one of the best references I have heard in a while.

Terrell

August 5th, 2011
2:52 pm

Andy

Don’t pay Runner no mind. He thinks Grimes is overrated.

A Hit..

August 5th, 2011
2:55 pm

Enter your comments here

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 5th, 2011
3:01 pm

Sidbury is third behind Abraham on the depth chart.

ATLol

August 5th, 2011
3:01 pm

@PMC = Also, the 4th string QB is the Sausage King of Chicago?

ROTFLOL

Munz

August 5th, 2011
3:03 pm

Ha, way to delete my comment along with those of the others who are calling out your pathetic writing skills. Nobody cares if someone comments on the blog with poor grammar and writing, however, you are paid to be a WRITER. Stop removing the comments of those who actually call you out for the awful job that you do.

The Real Falcon

August 5th, 2011
3:06 pm

So Johnson is really out at OG after a week?

disgruntled

August 5th, 2011
3:25 pm

D-Led, I don’t care if you delete my comments. Honest. But I would like you to make the required edits, particularly those regarding Matthews’ jersey number, and the ambiguous sentences regarding Froman/Wilson (who’s getting up to speed?) and the tight end situation. Just trying to help.

Step

August 5th, 2011
3:30 pm

I still think that ATL should take a long look at Asante Samuel for Brent Grimes. This defense would improve by leaps and bounds!!!!

Lord Stanley

August 5th, 2011
3:37 pm

Thank you DOL, any trade rumors flowing that are worth mentioning.

Terrell

August 5th, 2011
3:44 pm

Step,
Let’s see… Trade a 27 year old DB for a 30 year old DB with durability issues, and then let’s pay him almost $7M more this year. Yep that would improve us by leaps and bounds.

ASHCAN.

August 5th, 2011
4:04 pm

Super weak secondary putting fans in hope mode.

Can't Touch This

August 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

ABE Froman is the Sausage King of Chicago!

Lord Stanley

August 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

Simply WOW!!! Some people need a strong alcoholic beverage,

Runner-

August 5th, 2011
4:32 pm

Grimes was our main liability last season, but since teams went to him so often last season and because of his small size and amazing catches, most people think he is our best corner. I think our defense would improve greatly if Franks is given a bigger role this season. I also think the first round tender would have been much more valuable than 5′8″ Grimes.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

Lord Stanley — Nothing on the trade front. Just wondering about Snelling and the market fall out underneath him.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 5th, 2011
4:37 pm

Disgruntled — THANK YOU! Understood. Trying wrap up Sunday story on Julio and get over to Norcross. Think I got the fixes.

SeenThisB4

August 5th, 2011
4:42 pm

“Lack of Depth” Chart is more like it. Whoa, that’s a bleak list!

B.G

August 5th, 2011
4:44 pm

How is SS R. Bush doing D. Led? Are coaches high on him?

dan

August 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

Would like to hear more info on CB Notre Dame 6′0″ Darrin Walls who ran a 4.39 40 at his pro day.
How is he looking D LED hopefully he will be moving up the depth chart!.

FalconsFan284

August 5th, 2011
4:54 pm

Seenthis—-You really need to grasp at those straws don’t you? The Falcons are a very deep team with Pro Bowlers at every level. Some of our backups would be first stringers for your sad sack team!

0-2w/smitty demitty &melt

August 5th, 2011
5:13 pm

sounds more like a shallow chart

0-2w/smitty demitty &melt

August 5th, 2011
5:13 pm

hey 284 -name 1

HeardThisB4

August 5th, 2011
5:16 pm

Maybe someone on the Aints depth chart can tackle MarShawn Lynch. I doubt it since the starters sure as hell couldn’t.

Get a life

August 5th, 2011
5:25 pm

Geeze … all you grammar teachers / editor-wanna-be’s and all of you gay fashion critics …get off Orlando’s back. If you have what it takes, go get your own column and draw your own readers. Otherwise, talk is cheap.

Keep the faith, DLed, and thanks for the update! These are vital to the run up to the start of the season.

HeardThisB4

August 5th, 2011
5:28 pm

@ 0-2 – Did you even know there was a pro bowl last season? M.Ryan, M.Turner, O. Mughelli, R. White, T. Gonzalez, T. Clabo, J. Abraham, B. Grimes, & E. Weems were on the NFC roster. Dumb A$$

honest_abe

August 5th, 2011
5:45 pm

aj: looks more agile? sounds like a positive spin on the fact that hes actually on the field. the most positive thing i’ve heard about him so far he is jumped offsides in a drill. i actually thought he was a good pick so i’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Heat me up

August 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

Enter your comments here

Bum Phillips

August 5th, 2011
6:00 pm

The7-9 Seattle Seahawks exposed the New Orleans sAints.

DawgDad

August 5th, 2011
6:14 pm

Whoa, running back looks THIN! Hope the kid has talent and is a quick learner.