FLOWERY BRANCH — Despite starting and playing almost 90 percent of the snaps at free safety against the Eagles, James Sanders is still listed as the backup on the Falcons “unofficial” depth chart released by the team for the NFC South opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Thomas DeCoud is still listed as the starter.
Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder said the two are basically in a weekly competition for the starting spot.
“I think we have to keep evaluating new players like the both of them (Sanders and Kelvin Hayden),” VanGorder said. “I think for a safety, his first game against an offense like Philadelphia was a tough chore. Especially with all of the different personnel [groupings] and the calls that we