DEPTH CHART: Johnson ready to battle for spot


Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)


FLOWERY BRANCH – The battle for the starting right guard spot can start in earnest now.

Mike Johnson returned to practice on Monday and threw his helmet into the ring.

He apparently has some ground to make up. He’s listed as the No. 2 right guard behind Garrett Reynolds on the “unofficial” depth chart for the Jacksonville game that was released on Monday by the team.

On Monday, Johnson fully participated in his first practice since suffering a concussion on Aug. 4 and is ready to battle to see who will replace Harvey Dahl in the starting lineup.

“We still have three preseason games to go,” Johnson said. “There is plenty of camp left. I’m just looking forward to getting some work in and doing the best that I can.”

When camp opened, Johnson played left guard because Justin Blalock was a free-agent and couldn’t practice until the league’s new business year started.

On Thursday, Aug. 4, Blalock returned to practice and Johnson moved over to right guard to compete with Reynolds for Dahl’s old spot. Dahl signed with the St. Louis Rams during free agency.

On his first day at right guard, Johnson suffered a concussion. After going through the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson participated in parts of the practice on Sunday before getting his full clearance.

Johnson, a third-round pick (98th overall) in the 2010 draft, last started on the right side during his sophomore season at Alabama. He started eight games at right tackle and four at right guard from the Crimson Tide.

Johnson appears to be in an uphill battle to overtake Reynolds, who has gotten off to a good start.

“I’ve always been a believer that since I’m right-handed it is always easier on the right side,” Johnson said. “It’s just a matter of getting my footwork down and being able to get used to different looks and playing against different guys.”

Here’s the depth chart for the Jacksonville game, which is set for 8 p.m. Friday at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville.


WR 11 Jones 83 Douglas 14 Weems 15 Strickland 18 Beaumont 12 Cone
LT 72 Sam Baker 65 Jose Valdez
LG 63 Justin Blalock 69 Andrew Jackson 68 Paul Fenaroli
C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 67 Rob Bruggeman 64 Ryan McMahon
RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek 66 Matt Murphy
TE 88 Gonzalez 87 Peelle 81 Palmer 85 Branson 86 Winterswyk 48 Simmons
WR 84 White 80 Meier 16 Buckley 17 Harvey 19 Davis 89 Gore
QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson 13 Adam Froman
RB 33 Turner 44 Snelling 27 Johnson 35 Smith 22 Rodgers 32 Sylvester
FB 34 Ovie Mughelli 42 Lucas Cox 40 Thor Merrow


RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews 96 Emmanuel Stephens
DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Trey Lewis 73 Carlton Powell
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry 76 Kiante Tripp
LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann 92 Chauncey Davis 70 Tom McCarthy
OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins 51 Robert James 49 Youri Yenga
MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire 43 Akeem Dent 45 Bear Woods
OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson 46 LaMarcus Thompson
RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kamaal McIlwain
LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls 37 Kirk Belgrave
SS 25 William Moore 36 Rafael Bush 38 Rafael Priest 30 Matt Hansen
FS 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger 41 Suaesi Tuimaunei


K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher 6 Ken Parrish
KR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas
PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas
LS 82 Joe Zelenka 47 Andrew Schulze
H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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35 comments Add your comment


August 15th, 2011
4:59 pm

Lookin, good. GO FALCONS!



August 15th, 2011
5:11 pm

Bear Woods deserves a roster spot. Hard worker and a natural leader. It was obvious in Friday nights scrimmage.


August 15th, 2011
5:31 pm

Def Tackle at Corey looks like an HOV lane on the highway.

North GA falcon

August 15th, 2011
5:34 pm

Give Jose Valdez a shot at starting, Sam baker totally whiffed on that one block and you could see it plain as day when they showed the replay.

Just Asking

August 15th, 2011
5:47 pm

With using 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas at KR and PR as well as WR doesn’t it seem that we are a little thin at WR?


August 15th, 2011
5:55 pm

The 4th and 5th receivers ARE SUPPOSE to play special teams.


August 15th, 2011
6:04 pm

How about the depth chart at nickel?

The great # 7 name is blocked from this page

August 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

The Falcons need a Quarterback most.

Gregory Moundine

August 15th, 2011
7:32 pm

All I can say is I am smiling. Go Falcons! WR Harvey looks great!


August 15th, 2011
8:06 pm

Will Ray Edwards play friday?

The great # 7 name is blocked from this page

August 15th, 2011
8:43 pm

Not sure but #7 will.


August 15th, 2011
9:58 pm

Enter your comments here


August 15th, 2011
10:00 pm

What a cannon that Guy has, #7!


August 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Do the Falcons even have a remote shot at beating Philly on the 18th in the Dome. Or do they get smashed again like the Green bay game for the whole country to see?

Don't feed Aints trolls (It isn't 2009 anymore)

August 15th, 2011
10:25 pm

I am going to suggest this to you again DLED, make one of us a moderator of your blog comments to keep them on topic and somewhat intelligent. No other paper would allow this on their blogs.


August 15th, 2011
11:49 pm

I agree with don’t feed the trolls. we have people changing their name to make it appear like its two different people…. it’s kind of pathetic icemelt/the great number 7. anyway I like reynolds so far I think he’s going to end up starting


August 15th, 2011
11:54 pm

Who’s the imbecile who thinks we need a QB? Obviously someone who doesn’t know jack squat about football.

Ken Strickland

August 16th, 2011
8:37 am

When the Falcons lost RG HDahl, we had 3 backup players(GReynolds, MJohnson & JValdez)waiting in the wings to battle it out for the starting position. When starting OC TMcClure retires after this season, we’ll have JHawley ready to assume the position. However, when the AINTS lost their starting OC this yr, they replaced him with a past his prime FA that wasn’t resigned by a Bears team with OL issues.

When the Falcons decided a upgrade at LDE was needed, we went out and signed the most consistent, and one of this yrs best, FA DE’s while he was still in his prime. When the AINTS decided they needed to upgrade the interior of their DL, and address their poor run DEF, they went out and signed 350lb past his prime 11 yr veteran DT SRogers.

They took the same approach last yr when they signed a past his prime DE from the Bears, only to be replaced by a rookie DE this yr. If the AINTS had any depth at all, they’d promote at least one of their backups into one of their vacated starting positions. As it stands, the AINTS will rely primarily on draft picks and past their prime veteran FA’s in hopes of seeking some form of improvement.

Colorado Bird

August 16th, 2011
9:26 am

Wish all the players luck. I must admit Bear Woods and Harry Douglas looked good. I am really pleased with watch was shown in the first quarter by the defensive line players as a group. Love the linebackers. safeties/wide receivers and running back as a group.

I like what I see with the defensive backs mostly but can help it-Owens to me should be a concern. I don’t believe Robinson is playing up to his potential. Really like the safeties and special team players.

I hope this team really bonds and excel this year. I hope we get to see more of the new guys play and hopefully someone will step up to the from that group and contribute.

Although it was only a pre-season game and the first unit left in the first half, I was encouraged by the level of play.

Best of luck this season. Hope Atlanta keeps all the receivers, and running backs at least 6 deep.


August 16th, 2011
9:44 am

Enter your comments here

Falcon James

August 16th, 2011
9:50 am

How scary is it that Owens is backing up Robinson. That is like going bad to worse. Niether of these two can cover my grandmother.


August 16th, 2011
10:00 am

So whats the deal?….Its only a quesition….why does the AJC keep deleting it?


August 16th, 2011
10:03 am

Watch out everybody don’t asks any quesitions about the Falcons “Ring Of Honor”…..


August 16th, 2011
10:10 am

Come AJC you know damn well Claude Humphrey should have been one of the first players enshrine on the Falcons “Ring of Honor”…………

Ken Strickland

August 16th, 2011
11:58 am

JOKESONYOU-Have you noticed how most of these RETARDS tend to focus on one topic, point of issue? And have you also noticed how they get rather embarrassed by their own repetitive BS and feel the need to change names. The pitiful thing is they’re always too stupid and self absorbed to realize how easily identifiable they are because they continuously keep espousing the same ignorant, stupid BS. STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

JONEBORO SLIM-A VERY BIG CO-SIGN. I attended college one yr with CHumphrey, and he actually played DE and OT.


August 16th, 2011
11:58 am

“I am going to suggest this to you again DLED, make one of us a moderator of your blog comments to keep them on topic and somewhat intelligent.”

Couldn’t agree more.

“No other paper would allow this on their blogs.”

You mean the Chicago Tribune wouldn’t allow the Packer trolls to ruin their blogs? No way.


August 16th, 2011
12:39 pm

I think the D Line will be ok, and the Backers will be ok, I believe TD and WM will be fine @safeties positions, even with the pressure packages… I do have my concerns about Owens, I use to think it was in some of the schemes being run.. but not so sure anymore. Seems a half step slow, in the Not For Long league he might be on Special teams or looking elsewhere..

Rev Blake

August 16th, 2011
3:18 pm

I really like the depth the team has been building through the draft (as it should be). Still somewhat concerned and curious as to why Owens is still with the team, much less second behind Dunta Robinson.


August 17th, 2011
1:05 am

am i on the band list

Professional Athletes David

August 17th, 2011
6:54 am

It is definitely looking good for falcons and many fans from the audience and at home would surely cheer for them. I could definitely hear them, “Go Falcons!” and I cannot wait to cheer for them myself.

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August 17th, 2011
2:29 pm

They should move Owens to backup headset holder for Mike Smith.


August 17th, 2011
4:08 pm

How long will it be before Chauncey Davis is released? $3m is a lot to pay for a third string DE.

Wish the Falcons had signed Cullen Jenkins and Manny Lawson. Lawson is a hell of a lot better in coverage than Nicholas, Peterson, or Lofton.

Either Chris Carr or Josh Wilson would have been a HUGE upgrade over Owens, too. Hope D. Franks learns fast!!!


August 18th, 2011
10:05 am

Want to see more from T. Buckley

joe white

August 19th, 2011
8:47 am

I want to see the battle at the other corner, if one or our cb goes down we in trouble, unless our dline gets major pressure. Go Falcons