DEPTH CHART: Hayden listed third at RCB

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FLOWERY BRANCH –  There are no major surprises in the new “unofficial” depth chart released by the team on Tuesday for the season-opener against the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Recently signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden is listed third at right cornerback behind Dunta Robinson and Christopher Owens.  Safety James Sanders is listed No. 2 behind William Moore at strong safety.

Center Todd McClure is listed No. 1 at center, but he’s been declared out of Sunday’s game after undergoing knee surgery on Aug. 29. Joe Hawley will start in his place and will be backed up Rob Bruggeman. Also, left guard Justin Blalock could play center in an emergency.

Here’s the depth chart:

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 67 Rob Bruggeman

RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 89 Reggie Kelly 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 35 Antone Smith 22 Jacquizz Rodgers

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews

DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 73 Carlton Powell

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry

LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann

WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent

SLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kelvin Hayden

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls

SS 25 William Moore 36 James Sanders

FS 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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89 comments Add your comment

Falcons all the way

September 6th, 2011
3:48 pm

Eric

September 6th, 2011
3:50 pm

I thought Cliff Matthews got picked up by Cleveland?

Falcons all the way

September 6th, 2011
3:55 pm

i just hope A) Hayden and the rest of the guys stay healthy throughout the season, and B) Hayden and sanders aren’t reaches to fill an already fragile position in our secondary. So far Dimitroff and Smitty have been dead on so i have no reason to doubt em. If somebody cant cut it, theyre out no matter how likeable they are in the locker room ie: Coy Wire so i’d like to think theyre not bringin in scrubs. If we stay healthy tho, i like ow the roster looks. Cant wait to see how we match up against those Bears.

MO

September 6th, 2011
3:57 pm

WOW!!! This is similiar to a so-called fan on Twitter saying he was pretty sure a guy named Croy got released and not Coy because Coy is a fish. LMFAO

MO

September 6th, 2011
3:59 pm

Cliff is a Falcon

Patrick

September 6th, 2011
4:01 pm

And so ends the longest consecutive games streak in Falcons history. Todd McClure deserves to be inducted into the Ring of Honor after he retires.

Eric

September 6th, 2011
4:08 pm

Who is everyone wanting to see win this Thursday night? GB or NO??

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 6th, 2011
4:10 pm

Eric — That was Emmanuel Stephens who went to Cleveland.

dean

September 6th, 2011
4:16 pm

Eric, imo, a Falcon fan doesn’t ever want a NO win, unless it might have a positive playoff implication for the Falcons.

ATAlien

September 6th, 2011
4:20 pm

Can they both lose? I guess I’d like NO to win, to represent the NFC South well…

Freshmaker

September 6th, 2011
4:28 pm

Always root against your division rivals. Go Pack Go!

Kurtis

September 6th, 2011
4:33 pm

Naw, just can’t bring myself to pull for the Aint’s, no matter what. Besides, Green Bay is the better team, top to bottom.

rollo lawson

September 6th, 2011
4:34 pm

Why is Shann Schillinger still on the roster? He has done nothing since he has been here.

Mr. Swamp People

September 6th, 2011
4:35 pm

NO, of course

Eric

September 6th, 2011
4:36 pm

Thanks D-Led for clearing that up. And I also find it VERY hard to root for NO unless they are representing the NFC in the superbowl.

Inside Guy

September 6th, 2011
4:38 pm

I wouldn’t root for NO even if if had a positive impact on the Falcons or their playoff implications. Winning ain’t everything.

Caleb

September 6th, 2011
4:44 pm

Wht does H stand for?

Dan

September 6th, 2011
4:44 pm

Thanks D.LED for the cheerleader pic!
I think I speak for all who comment on your site. Keep em coming!

powderdawgdenver

September 6th, 2011
4:49 pm

Peters is healthy? knee is ok?

JJB

September 6th, 2011
4:50 pm

Caleb, I think “H” means “holder”

Damage Inc.

September 6th, 2011
4:50 pm

That is a pretty good pic DLED. Do you have the tall blondes number?

brandon

September 6th, 2011
4:50 pm

No question about it go Packers, you can never root for a division rival, unless of course it has playoff implications.

Pauls Johnson

September 6th, 2011
4:50 pm

Does this make it official,, Jerry is a bust,,,

Damage Inc.

September 6th, 2011
4:58 pm

Pauls Johnson

September 6th, 2011
4:59 pm

Long Snapper,, geeze,,

Rikus

September 6th, 2011
5:04 pm

Who won Nickel? Franks?

Seen (The Aints) This (get obliterated) B4 (by the only sub-.500 playoff team in the history of pro football)

September 6th, 2011
5:09 pm

Cheering for the Aints in the Superbowl?? What the hell is wrong with you??

Beef

September 6th, 2011
5:12 pm

Schillinger is the leading tackler on ST’s and he’s a much better FS than people realize. His injury last year derailed the chance for people to see what he can do, but he’s a ballhawk, very instinctual, knows where to be, and has no problem laying the lumber. This is only his second year, give him a chance and you’ll see.

That said, we can only dress 46 (since no more 3rd QB), so who are the 7 to sit? My guess is Matthews, Wall, Powell, Sidbury, Smith, Dent, and then of course McClure.

steven A.

September 6th, 2011
5:14 pm

David Garrard cut today. He will be an upgrade over Chrissy Redman.
Nice guy to have as a 3rd quarterback. Free John Parker Wilson now!

Paddy

September 6th, 2011
5:16 pm

I will take football positions for $800, Alex!!!!!!!!!!

steven A.

September 6th, 2011
5:17 pm

Beef—–Schillinger is a scrub. Always was, is, and always will be. We should have signed Brandon
Meriweather when we had the chance.

M&M

September 6th, 2011
5:18 pm

Pauls Johnson

September 6th, 2011
4:50 pm
Does this make it official,, Jerry is a bust,,,

I know, Right ?! Could have gotton Clay Matthews !

Th

September 6th, 2011
5:30 pm

I thought Schillinger looked pretty goofy out there running around, but then I saw the stats. He racked up the tackles in preseason.

palms of fuery

September 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

Palmer is the # 2 TE. Let’s be serious, Reggie Kelly is terrible

Eric

September 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

Steven A. I agree Garrard would def. be an upgrade over Redman!!!

jerry

September 6th, 2011
5:35 pm

Why would a Falcon fan want a team that they are competing against in their own division to win when it is unknown that it would benefit the Falcon playoff chances?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 6th, 2011
5:35 pm

We just talked to defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder. He would not name the nickel back. Said we’d have to ask Coach Smith tomorrow. However, he said that he was “confident” that Kelvin Hayden could be ready to play by Sunday.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 6th, 2011
5:37 pm

Damage Inc. — LS — Long Snapper!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 6th, 2011
5:38 pm

powderdawgdenver — Peters is close to returning.

DC Dirty Bird

September 6th, 2011
5:59 pm

It doesn’t matter who is listed as the starter at DT. They are all rotated during the game. Look for PJ to get most of the 3rd down snaps. Also, I think Hayden will start the season at nickel with Franks as the primary back up if one of our #1sissues goes down.

E Dub

September 6th, 2011
6:01 pm

Looks like our best athletes will be holding palm-palms on Sundays! That’s a great pic. We’re talking about the wrong depth chart guys.

CHRIS OWENS SUX CUT HIM QUICKLY

September 6th, 2011
6:02 pm

“WHY THE HELL” is Chris Owens still on this falcons roster. There were better players such as fb COX or wr CONE… HE MUST BE MARRIED TO THE FAMILY OR HAS NUDE PHOTOS OF OWNERSHIP AND OR COACHES ????

Killer

September 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

DLED: Why is the league so stubborn about expanding the roster beyond 46 during game day. No team would have an advantage, just don’t get it.

PLEASE BRING IN THE NEXT IN THE JACKSONVILLE PIPELINE

September 6th, 2011
6:09 pm

PLEASE: sign Garrard and cut Redman. We need someone who can come in and start if needed. ALSO HE KNOWS THE SYSTEM..

tidog

September 6th, 2011
6:11 pm

Rafael Bush was “set up” to be a practice squad guy. Preseason Bush was learning and playing the CB position as well as the SS position. “C’mon man” CB and safety, why not both safety positions. The experiment hindered his development at safety and landed him once again on the practice squad and not Shane whats his name.

Whopper Dawg

September 6th, 2011
6:14 pm

Interesting that Jerry still can’t crack the starting line up, what is this his third year?

NATIVEBIRD

September 6th, 2011
6:21 pm

Owens does suck, but he played better last game after he pulled his socks down! lol…..

We better hope they don’t have to put him on the field. All he does is chase people once they catch the ball over him, or watch them going into the end-zone after he has blown his coverage assignment. He is not ready for Sundays, TD and Smitty….. Come on, cut him and pick up a good QB!!!

Go Birds!!!!

Head-Mo-Fo

September 6th, 2011
6:38 pm

Sam Baker #72 concerns me.

I hope he doesn’t get Matt Ryan ear holed with one of his lunge blocks on a pass play.

Let’s go Sam, stop making excuses and keep Matt Ryan upright!

J-Man

September 6th, 2011
6:39 pm

Garrard would be the best choice for back-up QB

Falcon Fan

September 6th, 2011
6:44 pm

Yes it would be nice to have Garrard as a Falcon but he probably is looking for starting job.