DEPTH CHART: Adkins could make second NFL start

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a touchdown catch past Atlanta Falcons linebacker Spencer Adkins (59) during 4th quarter action for a 28-3 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) makes a touchdown catch past Atlanta Falcons linebacker Spencer Adkins (59) during 4th quarter action for a 28-3 lead at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons released their “unofficial” depth chart on Tuesday for the wild-card playoff game aggainst the New York Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Falcons are listing starting linebacker Stephen Nicholas (toe injury) and left cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) in their No. 1 slots. We’ll get official updates on Wednesday, but Grimes, who played against the Saints and then was held out of the Tampa Bay game, should be ready to play. Smith has said that Nicholas (toe) is doubtful.

Linebacker Spencer Adkins made his first career start against Tampa Bay and finished with three tackles while playing about 25 snaps.

Here’s the depth chart:

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 74 Will Svitek 72 Sam Baker

LG 63 Justin Blalock 73 Kirk Chambers

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 66 Brett Romberg

RG 61 Joe Hawley 75 Garrett Reynolds

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 89 Reggie Kelly 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier 12 Kevin Cone

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson

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

FB 42 Mike Cox

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews

DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry

LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 51 Robert James

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 59 Spencer Adkins

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens

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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38 comments Add your comment

hiramsaint

January 3rd, 2012
8:38 pm

sad thing is , it’ll be his last for this season

falconsrus

January 3rd, 2012
8:55 pm

Keep frognosticating hyram dat proof is in dat puddin

falconsrus

January 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

We have more depth than dem lilyheads

Michael M.

January 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

Hiram I have something special for you before I go off line tonight since you still being you……………here goes :

………..1973: The Falcons start the season in impressive fashion by destroying the Saints 62-7 in New Orleans.

Oh, by the way, hows that for running up a score……….lmao

falconsrus

January 3rd, 2012
8:57 pm

hear the roar of the lion

Michael M.

January 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

Thats 8 touchdowns and 3 field goals .whewwwwww……talking about owning somebody !

Good nite ! ……..lol

falconsrus

January 3rd, 2012
8:59 pm

michael m better send hyram some o dat brandy he gonna need it

Ben

January 3rd, 2012
9:03 pm

Sit Ray Edwards. Start Sidbury. Trust me.

Ben

January 3rd, 2012
9:04 pm

Or Biermann. Anybody but Edwards. How many sacks does he have? Like 3? Sidbury has more sacks than him. And so does Biermann. Start Biermann or Sidbury. We’ll win if we do.

Ben

January 3rd, 2012
9:06 pm

Put Harry Douglas at punt returner. He’s faster than Weems and has more moves. Weems doesn’t need to be both our kick returner and punt returner. Weems is good for about 20-25 yards, not much more. I think Douglas could burn a coverage team. If I was a coach, no matter their rank, I’d put the best players at spots to suit us to win. Such as Julio Jones at RB a few times, Julio at PR, Turner at FB, I’d switch it up a little bit. Gotta pull out the stops to win.

hiramsaint

January 3rd, 2012
9:10 pm

michael m if you gotta go back 39 yrs to feel good about the present day failclowns then i’m ok with dat

Sly Boarders

January 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Man, what happened to Peria Jerry? I think TD has done a great job overall-but that was a miss.

John

January 3rd, 2012
9:11 pm

Lets give OUR Mighty Birds of Prey” as much encouragement as we can muster. The Falcons will win and move on to the next round. For those that don’t like or don’t have anything encouraging to say…… Keep it to yourself

SeenThis B4

January 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

@John: The falc an’ts will be one and done, again.

Michael M.

January 3rd, 2012
9:19 pm

Lmao….the feller can actually count backwards too….oh I missed it it was two fieldgoals instead of 3 fieldgoals so correcting myself …….now I can go offline

Falcons 30 – Giants 27

Michael M.

January 3rd, 2012
9:23 pm

Not left quite yet ….that was back in the days when they played that ” Real Football “, wasn’t none of this ” oh he touched me throw the flag crap ” ……

Later Falcon Fans and screw the Trolls

SeenThis B4

January 3rd, 2012
9:32 pm

Yeah Michael, that team blew out the Saints in the season opener, and then proceeded to lose the next three games, and finished out of the playoffs too. Guess the falca n’ts couldn’t handle playing that Real Football back then either.

Falcon Fannnn

January 3rd, 2012
9:47 pm

What happened to Matt bryant?

C-Rock

January 3rd, 2012
9:50 pm

The Saints are an average team at best without Brees. Brees is a beast, but without him you would have no running game, and the Saints defence is average to below average. Brees wins your games period.
That and two beast of offensive guards, that give him all day to throw. This is true with most teams with elite qb’s. Looks at the colts this year! So don’t give all this talk on how much better the Saints “team” is. It is Brees period, without him your are still the Aint’s! Just Saying!!

Ben

January 3rd, 2012
9:51 pm

I bet SeenthisB4 can’t count backerds.

hiramsaint

January 3rd, 2012
11:06 pm

c-pebble sounds jealous that the saints have a qb and the failclowns don’t….just don’t be bitter

hiramsaint

January 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

i believe seenthisb4 just shot michael m. down in flames. sorry mikey but you can’t fly with a broken wing ! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

coloradofalconsfan

January 3rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Hiram and seenthis… I think you need to be worried about your own game this week. Better hope you block Suh.

Ben Jones

January 3rd, 2012
11:37 pm

HiramTaint, guess what? Your gay. Just like your father. Did he tell you?

Ben Jones

January 3rd, 2012
11:38 pm

I hope Suh jumps on Brees’ head and crushes it to pieces with his cleats.

Take it from me.

January 4th, 2012
12:40 am

The differance in this game will be playing on the road,in NY,vs the hometown refs.the falcons will have to overcome a lot of adversidy to get a win in the big apple! matt Ryan will have to get the ball out quick,or the Giants may set a sack record of some kind.I just can’t see the falcons winning the battle in the trenches,and thats whats bothers me the most,because we all know most games are won in the trenches.Maybe they will prove me wrong,i sure hope so.

A REAL FAN

January 4th, 2012
4:49 am

Hello, Saint fans I know you have a newspaper, because I looked it up. If I were you, I would concentrate on the Detroit Lions! Remember what happened last year?! Your team was picked to win by 14 pts. Looks like it is going to be a another blow out. :-)

A REAL FAN

January 4th, 2012
5:10 am

Any given Sunday or in your case Saturday.

SeenThis B4

January 4th, 2012
6:44 am

A Real Fan: Your team was favored to win last year too, and lost by what 50 points?

SeenthisB4's mother

January 4th, 2012
8:15 am

Seen! Get off my computer!!! The short bus is here to take you to school! I mean it! I’d have your father get after you if I knew who he was! Seen,I mean it!!!

WS

January 4th, 2012
9:30 am

Suh broking Brees Neck, could happen, with little old Brees cry baby!!!!

Statick

January 4th, 2012
10:41 am

Ray Edwards…earn your money this week, punk. And stay off Twitter.

Aint Hater

January 4th, 2012
1:30 pm

I believe the Falcons should haved moved Clabo back to guard where his size and power counters the inside rush, and insert Baker at right tackle where he can use his limited athleticism.

The Falcon offense should take it upon themselves to become that greatest show on turf and outscore every team in sight. Brees, Rodgers and the like can only be defeated by another team led by an elite QB. Roddy White could help by dropping fewer passes. Matt Ryan’s time to prove himself is now. Conditions will never get better

Mike Franklin

January 4th, 2012
2:12 pm

We don’t have the best playoff record under Smitty but I can’t help but be excited to go to play the Giants for the next step. Watching the NY-Dallas game, I was impressed that Eli is still alive… he’s been broken so many times and he keeps on ticking. I think we can beat these guys but last year, I thought we’d overcome the Packers and then this year, figured we’d man-up for at least one of the Saints games.

Light the fuse, boys… it’s POST SEASON!

Yo Vince

January 4th, 2012
3:10 pm

Sunday Headline… Drew Brees Neck Broken and face Tea Bagged by SUH

Rikus

January 4th, 2012
3:20 pm

Don’t see Jacquizz listed as a kick returner… but I recall seeing him out there, as recently as last Sunday. What gives?

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Noneya

January 5th, 2012
11:41 am

Adkins played well. If Nicholas is not ready to go I have confidence in him. Grimes has to play and play well as we know he will!

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