DEPTH CHART: Rodgers moves up at RB

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan probably won't be throwing deep much this week either. The formula for victory is for the Falcons to pound the Eagles with the running game. (Associated Press)

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan probably won't be throwing deep much this week either. The formula for victory is for the Falcons to pound the Eagles with the running game. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH — There are no major surprises in the new “unofficial” depth chart released by the team this week for the home-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

In one minor move, rookie running back Jacquizz Rodgers moved past Antone Smith into the No. 3 at slot. Rodgers was active and played against the Bears while Smith was inactive.

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

Both have received increased practice time this week and are being heavily evaluated for playing time.

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 66 Brett Romberg

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 22 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews

DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Carlton Powell

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry

LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent

OLB 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

S 25 William Moore 36 James Sanders

S 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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Season Ticker Holder

September 16th, 2011
8:01 am

Season Ticker Holder

September 16th, 2011
8:04 am

The Falcons must create plays to get Jacquizz Rodgers into open space where he can use his speed and move. Running Jacquizz up the middle will expose him to injuries. Lets not misuse Jacquizz’s talents.

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

September 16th, 2011
8:07 am

Crisp Owens is still playing professional football??

Larry

September 16th, 2011
8:11 am

we need to use Quizz more.

suwaneefalcon

September 16th, 2011
8:19 am

Hayden & Sanders need playing time this Sunday. We need to see what they can do and if they were worth the signing. I sure hope so.

bad brad

September 16th, 2011
8:20 am

Please forgive my ignorance; what is H position under specialists?

suwaneefalcon

September 16th, 2011
8:21 am

Hayden & Sanders need playing time this weekend so we can see if they can help shore up this secondary. Let’s hope so because these next two teams have the potential to tear us a new one.

Kramer

September 16th, 2011
8:22 am

Enter your comments here

suwaneefalcon

September 16th, 2011
8:23 am

Hayden and Sanders need playing time this weekend to see if they can help shore up this secondary. Lets hope so. These next two teams have the potential to tear us a new one.

bamboo pole

September 16th, 2011
8:24 am

bad brad, H is the holder.

Kramer

September 16th, 2011
8:25 am

Hayden & Sanders need playing time this weeknd to see if they can help shore up this secondary. Lets hope so. These next two teams have the potential to shred us.

@bad brad

September 16th, 2011
8:25 am

Holder for kicks

Doc Holliday

September 16th, 2011
8:25 am

@bad brad

Holder for field goals.

Cecil Flowe

September 16th, 2011
8:30 am

FYI D LED!!!! Michael Palmer is the #2 TE. Did you watch the game last Sunday? Reggie Kelly never graced the field! Make the update.

Gumbo

September 16th, 2011
8:39 am

Hopefully Hayden plays for Owens and Sanders for DeCoud. Owens was not even CLOSE to the worst DB on the field last week (though he’s plenty bad!). DeCoud was HORRIBLE, as he was most of last year.

Hey Cecil, D-Led don’t make the depth chart – M. Smith does….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 16th, 2011
8:40 am

Cecil Flowe — Hey there coach. The team releases the depth chart. Good Luck tonight!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 16th, 2011
8:41 am

The Falcons missed 17 tackles vs. the Bears.

Cecil Flowe

September 16th, 2011
8:42 am

No kidding Gumbo, but his depth chart does not reflect who’s actually playing. Do slot Reggie Kelly in the 2 spot just because he’s a 13 yr NFL vet. the guy did not play a down last week. Palmer played a significant amount.

Cecil Flowe

September 16th, 2011
8:43 am

Don’t slot** and this is not the real Cecil Flowe :)

MB

September 16th, 2011
8:44 am

While you are at it, (Associated Press) give the Eagles defense your Tax info as well.

Bear

September 16th, 2011
8:44 am

Whats up with Mclure?

BIG-D

September 16th, 2011
8:45 am

Hope McClure and Peters are back,besides Grimes the secondary is awful!

BIG-D

September 16th, 2011
8:48 am

LEDBETTER what’s up!

dean

September 16th, 2011
8:49 am

Is a missed tackle considered a missed tackle if the would-be tackler is faked out their jewel bag?

Ryno

September 16th, 2011
9:05 am

I don’t mind when Ryan uses his checkdowns, but I’d love it if we could get Big Snell or Quizz involved in a screen game to keep the blitzes honest. I’m proud of Mr. Rodgers and the way he’s worked hard to improve.

Excited, but nervous for Sunday night.

Jimmy Crack

September 16th, 2011
9:05 am

I guess we will get a good look this weekend at Carlton Powell from Virginia Tech at DT. The data on him says he is a run stuffer, we will need that against shifty Shady and slick Vick.

Hey Peria, I have an idea….PRODUCE! Show you are worth ANY draft pick.

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JMF

September 16th, 2011
9:20 am

Great teams do not make excuses. Hit, tackle and block. This is a pro team. Just do it! If this is not corrected put players in who want to play. Let Weatherspoon watch a game. Sitting on the bench amy be better than watching film for DeCoud.

Second issue: I am totally perplexed. The favorite down for the opposition is 3rd and 10. What is up with that. Last year and now this year. We have had all last year and this year to correct the same problem. This defense would be one of the best in the league if they could stay out of 3rd and long. For most teams the objective is to force the other team to 3rd and long. It is the kiss of death with this team. If this can’t be corrected we need new coaches.

SirReal

September 16th, 2011
9:26 am

D Led,
Do you think they will actually use Rodgers the way they should? Its obvious that he can make people miss. Between the tackles with him is just stupid when you have Turner AND Snelling for that. I’ve grown sick of this misuse of personnel. Even when he tries to be creative, sometimes MM lays an egg. Nothing against him personally b/c I dont know Mularkey. But what I do know is that his offense may be too ancient to survive the modern NFL and if he doesnt change, he could be out the door. ( It would be great if BVG went right along with him.)

Ricky

September 16th, 2011
9:38 am

Are you sure Babineaux is playing this weekend DLed?

SS

September 16th, 2011
9:44 am

I’m for upgrading Sanders for DeCoud and Hayden for Owens to improve the D. Oh yeah and find another kickoff/punter for the dud Bosher. Weems, run up and fair catch the ball. Spoon needs to make tackles instead of running his mouth.

Run4ever

September 16th, 2011
9:52 am

Great, now tell other teams so they can prepare for you.:(

grizzybear

September 16th, 2011
9:54 am

please tell robinson to do something at cornerback, he did not do a damn thing against the bears, and a few other games. he is way overpaid for what is he is not doing,which is alot!

The Real Falcon

September 16th, 2011
9:55 am

Glad to know Ovie and Douglas were back at practice Thursday.

gadawgs

September 16th, 2011
9:56 am

Is that the only “change” that Thomas D was talking about on 790? Really? If Owens and DeCoud are still logging significant time then this organization is totally lost. Hayden and Sanders CANNOT be any worse. And don’t give me the crap about they have not been here long enough to know the defensive schemes. Our defensive schemes are not that complex. Owens is worthless and DeCoud needs to sit until he learns to catch a dang football.

gadawgs

September 16th, 2011
9:57 am

Confused

September 16th, 2011
9:57 am

While I fully understand the Falcons need to pound the ball in the running game, I don’t understand the importance of not stretching the field with the weapons the Falcons have. Why give up a 5 to 1 pick for Julio Jones and not utilize him…..pointless.

joe white

September 16th, 2011
9:59 am

Lets get the offense going please, to keep the defense fresh and ready to run after vick. We need to blitz more this week to get pressure

OC/DC Dinosaurs

September 16th, 2011
10:04 am

Is this really news? I don’t remember A Smith running a single play last week. And, will the Falcons use Rogers in the way best for his talents. Or will he just be the MiniTurner and run into the backs of the offensive linemen instead of plays called to use his skills outside.

JSS

September 16th, 2011
10:06 am

I thought the league had instituted a rule about deceiving people with injuries? Babineaux’s playing?

tidog

September 16th, 2011
10:07 am

the defense is riddled with solid players but only two opportunistic game changing playmakers. abraham and grimes are the playmakers, nine other guys need too step up.

Season Ticker Holder

September 16th, 2011
10:16 am

In a rare chance that both Ryan and Redmon gets injured, who is the Falcons emergency QB?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 16th, 2011
11:08 am

Ricky — He’s not playing. But he doesn’t lost his spot on the depth chart (like McClure).

oldguy

September 16th, 2011
11:22 am

IS Reggie Kelly the same one that Reeves traded the 5th pick in the draft for so many yrs ago?

oldguy

September 16th, 2011
11:23 am

GOOD GRIEF….if it is..he must be 123 yrs old

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BooBoo

September 16th, 2011
11:53 am

The emergency QB is Joe Wildcat – the direct snap to Turner or Rogers. Actually, Joe is number two behind Ryan.

JSS

September 16th, 2011
11:57 am

oldguy
September 16th, 2011
11:22 am
“IS Reggie Kelly the same one that Reeves traded the 5th pick in the draft for so many yrs ago?”
Yep, but he is only 34…

JSS

September 16th, 2011
11:58 am

And he still couldn’t catch a cold…

JOSH

September 16th, 2011
12:03 pm

season ticket holder if ryan and redman get hurt it wont matter is 3rd we’re done prob if ryan goes down we’re done and babs is out 3 to 5 weeks with partially torn acl “knee” injury and i really hope we can block someone before maaty ice gets killed.e must stay closs in score and stay balanced ru vs pass so there d-line cant tee off on our qb