DEPTH CHART: Updated post-Mughelli version

Bradie Ewing

Bradie Ewing

Rookie fullback Bradie Ewing will apparently get a chance to replace former Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli, who was released on Tuesday.

So on the unofficial revised depth chart, Ewing gets the top spot followed by Mike Cox and Jason Snelling. Ewing will be here with the rest of the rookie draft picks, undrafted rookies and several players with tryout invitations Friday through Sunday for the rookie minicamp.

We chatted with Ewing, the former Wisconsin standout, on a conference call after he was drafted.

“I think I’m a very versatile player,” Ewing said. “I can do all the things the traditional fullback can do, as far as blocking from the backfield and all that stuff. But I think I have phenomenal hands. I can catch out of the backfield, I can split out and I can play special teams. Even in a crunch, I think I could play some running back. I did that in college and in high school, so I think my versatility [is good.]”

He noted that the Badgers had a pretty strong short-yardage attack.

“It was good,” Ewing said. “We’re a power offense and we had 23-personnel (two backs, three tight ends). We ran some power plays. I’m excited. I love doing that short-yardage [offense]. Everyone’s in the box and that’s a fun time.”

(DOL’s Revised) UNOFFICIAL OFFSEASON

DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 12 Kevin Cone, 15 Michael Calvin, 16 Marcus Jackson

LT 72 Sam Baker, 74 Will Svitek, 76 Lamar Holmes

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 79 Mike Johnson, 68 Phillipkeith Manley

C 62 Todd McClure, 66 Peter Konz, 61 Joe Hawley, 64 Tyler Horn

RG 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 65 Vince Manuwai , 79 Mike Johnson , 75 Garrett Reynolds

RT 77 Tyson Clabo, 75 Garrett Reynolds, 67 Andrew Jackson, 70 Bryce Harris

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez, 81 Michael Palmer, 86 Tommy Gallarda, 85 Marquez Branson, 85 LaMark Brown, 86 Adam Nissley

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 80 Kerry Meier, 19 Drew Davis, 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Chris Redman, 4 John Parker Wilson, 14 Dominique Davis

RB 33 Michael Turner, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 44 Jason Snelling, 35 Antone Smith, 30 Dimitri Nance, 40 Robbie Frey

FB  36 Bradie Ewing, 42 Mike Cox, 44 Jason Snelling

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham, 90 Lawrence Sidbury, 98 Cliff Matthews, 69 Louis Nzeqwu

DT 91 Corey Peters, 99 Vance Walker, 92 Travian Robertson, 67 Regis Micanor

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 94 Peria Jerry, 97 Carlton Powell, 70 Ray Kibble,

LE 93 Ray Edwards, 71 Kroy Biermann, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 50 Robert James, 43 Rico Council, 30 Matt Hansen

MLB 51 Lofa Tatupu, 52 Akeem Dent, 46 Max Gruder, 53 Pat Schiller

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas, 59 Spencer Adkins, 49 Jarrell Harris

RCB 22 Asante Samuel, 23 Dunta Robinson, 21 Christopher Owens, 27 Robert McClain

NB 23 Dunta Robinson, 24 Dominique Franks, 21 Christopher Owens

LCB 20 Brent Grimes, 24 Dominique Franks, 29 Darrin Walls, 38 Marty Markett, 37 Peyton Thompson

SS 25 William Moore, 26 Charles Mitchell , 40 Chad Faulcon

FS 28 Thomas DeCoud, 39 Shann Schillinger, 41 Suaesi Tuimaunei

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

P 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

KR 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers, 24 Dominique Franks, 83 Harry Douglas

PR 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers, 24 Dominique Franks, 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka, 47 Josh Harris, 48 Corey Adams

H 5 Matt Bosher, 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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47 comments Add your comment

Chief Media Urologist

May 9th, 2012
5:43 am

First.

My first first.

Chief Media Urologist

May 9th, 2012
5:45 am

DOL- what are the odds that Ovie will resign with a restructured contract? Hate to see that cat go….

ronhen24

May 9th, 2012
6:43 am

I like Ovie and I wish him the best. Coming off of knee surgery is a big risk for $3 plus Million. you can’t keep holding on to players, because they are nice guys and a fan favorite. If you guys have not saw Bradie Ewing play it will be something special to watch. He is a very good versatile FB that everyone will love in due time. Every other FB in the league is great short yardage blockers and have good hands out of the backfield. Brady has exceptional hands for a FB.

Formul8or

May 9th, 2012
8:30 am

Why do you keep listing Baker at LT??? HE GOT BEAT OUT LAST YEAR!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
8:32 am

Chief Media — I would think not good. He should draw some interest on the open market and not have to come crawling back for a veteran-minimum contract. I will check in with Todd France to see if he’s had any nimbles thus far and ask him to keep the AJC readers posted on where Ovie’s headed.

Birdman of Falcatraz

May 9th, 2012
8:36 am

DLed, I understand your reluctant to put a rookie in a starting position, but you dont spend your two highest picks on a specific position if you believe the starters are in place. My gut says unless he trips over himself, Konz is the opening day starter at RG if they dont feel he’s ready to take over the line calls from Mud Duck. Left Tackle is anyone’s guess, but I don’t see Baker holding on for long unless there is a 180 degree change in performance.

Section242

May 9th, 2012
8:44 am

We needed a FB who can do more than block and be in the game for more plays. Ewing is a threat out of the backfield.

Section242

May 9th, 2012
8:47 am

DOL,
How are we using the salary cap $ that we freed up? DE, OL or perhaps S?

Shady

May 9th, 2012
8:49 am

DOL who is Todd France again?

Shady

May 9th, 2012
8:51 am

I’m guessing Ovi’s agent.

Casey

May 9th, 2012
9:09 am

Why is Ewing assumed the starting FB? Wouldn’t you put Cox or even Snelling ahead of him – and make the kid earn his start? He needs motivation. He already sounds a little over confident “I have phenomenal hands”.. He’s about to get a dose of reality.

Coach LockDown

May 9th, 2012
9:16 am

OK. I’m looking at the updated depth chart and the one glaring thing that stands out is….Where is your inside “playmaker” on offense? As I have mentioned before if you don’t have an inside “playmaker” on offense the defense is going to leave those safeties outside to take away Roddy and Julio. Prolific offenses- Giants=Victor Cruz, Saints=Jimmy Graham, Packers=Jermichael Finnley, Patriots=Wes Welker, Chargers=Antonio Gates, and I could go on, but you have to get inside receiving threat or a good run game to keep those safeties honest. And why is Jason Snelling, your #1 fullback to me this guy has a good chance to be in the mold of a “Larry Center” type Fullback, and really keep the defense off balance run, pass, and blocking threat, but unless the coaching staff convince him that he is not a true tailback, they will struggle again running the ball. I see minimal upgrade on the O-line except for the 2nd rounder from S. Miss and that is from a pass blocker standpoint, he was in a spread offense and didn’t see much push at the “point of attack” in the run game. On Defense, you don’t have the DE to hold point in a true 3-4 so it will be some sort of hybrid 3-4/4-3 scheme, but with most teams going 3 wides or spread 2 tights I would worry to much about that, what the Falcons should be concerned about is who is bringing pressure in a 4 man rush? Abraham is about it, Edwards can put pressure on the pocket but is not going to be anyone quickly to the QB. You don’t have a DT who can get to the QB quickly in 1 on 1 situations, not like a Justin Tuck or Jay Ratliff, so you know what that means you will have to bring extra pressure which means man coverage, and only one cornerback on the roster can hold up in man/man a good period of time and he has a height deficiency(Grimes). I like Samuels but no one, and I mean NO ONE lets a good man coverage corner go. He plays best when off man coverage and zone when he can clue the QB( high risk/high reward). Nolan’s past defenses have played well when the CBs press the line of scrimmage and can disrupt the timing of the offense, and show up in the run game, and that is not his forte which is why PHI let him go. Your safeties are going have to get better in man coverage because they’re going to have to lock up against 3 really good TEs(Graham, Olson, and Winslow), and didn’t do a very good job last year, so the DB coaches are going to earn their money this year. This roster should get you 9-10 wins, coaching can get you a cpl of more. It will be interesting to watch this year!
Coach LockDown

Jason

May 9th, 2012
9:31 am

Coach Lockdown – it’s a blog where you submit quick thoughts. I doubt anybody’s going to take the time to read your book. But then again – a lot of people are out of work… never mind.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
9:39 am

Coach Lockdown – I think Harry Douglas can be the inside playmaker you speak of.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
9:40 am

Shady — Todd France is one of the top agents in the game. He does represent Ovie.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
9:41 am

Section 242 — For the rookies.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
9:42 am

OPEN YOUR EYES — CALM DOWN with all the caps stuff and taunting (STFU). Make your point and keep it moving.

jonkwithfalcons

May 9th, 2012
9:43 am

Ya ya ya..i am not all that Fullback rookie comes in here and do starting roll…he is gonna be struggling
like everybody else, put the kid on fire and let him do this thing hahaha here comes super bowl, do we wanna win now or wait until everybody is ready cuppo years down the road for rings?

g

May 9th, 2012
9:55 am

d led i cant never get you to answer my questions you here anything or saw film on chad falcoun the d3 safety. has any one been talking about him being a possible push for decoud or moore

PMC

May 9th, 2012
10:09 am

Show me a fullback in the world that doesn’t think they are under used because they have “phenominal hands”

Block kid, that’s what you do. Every now and then you’ll catch a TD.

PMC

May 9th, 2012
10:11 am

We are still really thin at LB. Guess we will be in the Nickel A LOT!

Ledbetter is a worthless beat reporter

May 9th, 2012
10:30 am

How about instead updated your little pretend depth chart every time a roster move is made you list some potential late offseason pickups the Falcons might acquire with all their suddenly available cap space. Have you even asked TD if they plan on signing a big-name free agent? Can you provide any type of insight whatsoever?

Sid

May 9th, 2012
10:40 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
9:39 am
Coach Lockdown – I think Harry Douglas can be the inside playmaker you speak of.
***********************************************
………….and Kerry Meier could go inside too.

Falcons 73

May 9th, 2012
10:41 am

Another stirring rendition of the depth chart…wow!

Sid

May 9th, 2012
10:43 am

Fun……………that O lline is better already. Can’t wait for some 4th and inches. (Unless we go deep on 3rd down and score…lol) Seriously though, Matt Ryan has got to develop a better and stronger QB sneak technique.

the Real Falcon

May 9th, 2012
10:51 am

Why would anyone believe that a 5th rounder would step in as a starter? And why would a team with aspirations of a championship rely on that?

the Real Falcon

May 9th, 2012
10:57 am

With the exception of Samuel I see no upgrades on a 10-6 team from last year.

Mike

May 9th, 2012
10:59 am

DOL
Is Rogers big, strong and good enough to be 2nd on the depth chart at RB? I expect Snelling to be 2nd behind Turner

cdog

May 9th, 2012
11:01 am

they now need a proven return man. also, need another running back. someone need to light a fire under matt ryan. mike turner need to be in shape for the whole season and not just the first half.

rivercard

May 9th, 2012
11:01 am

the Real Falcon- your answer is in your question. Believers not thinkers.

To say they are going with an offense that doesn’t need a FB like Ovie and can’t justify salary is legit (Although where does that leave Turner). But, to pretend this 5th round FB with some concerning weaknesses can immediately step in for a Pro Bowl FB is ludicrous.

The Falcons have no Championship aspirations. Their goal is to stay good enough and get that stadium.

Falcons fan from Brazil

May 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

DOL
Where are that TE from Boise State, Ryan Winterswyk? I thought the Falcons had some hope on him…

PMC

May 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

FF from Brazil, he’s on the reserve/retired list. Wynterswyk is currently retired from football. The Falcons own his rights should he come back, but I think he just would rather do something else.

Hey Now

May 9th, 2012
1:01 pm

I like this Kid. I like Snelling. I liked Ovie.

Guess FB ain’t a possession we should worry about much.

However, TE is, and LT.

We need a successor to Tony.

By the way, if this kid can play HB, let’s make him Turner’s eventual replacement……………

Falcons fan from Brazil

May 9th, 2012
1:17 pm

Thank you PMC!

JSS

May 9th, 2012
1:46 pm

Meier does not have the quickness to get inside on a regular basis. Only problem with Douglass is that he lacks the strength to get off jams of the good ones like Woodson. Still, I’d rather see Douglass because when he gets it in stride, he has some swivel to get more…

JSS

May 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

The Giants go inside with Cruz and Nicks, just ask DeCoud! ;-)

johnm

May 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

Its amazing how so many people on here have phsycic powers and know what will happen so well. I call bs. Lets just wait and see. 1. we have several inside threats (gonzo, douglas, jaquizz) 2. our much beligned d-line has plenty of playmakers (babs, and hopefully a breakout year for jerry, and a healthy edwards) 3. ALL of our d-backs are excellent athletes and i have no doubt we will see career seasons from moore and decoud as well as a great year from robinson. cant wait to see him lined up against cruz. 4. Gety ready to see matt ryan have his best year yet.

Greg

May 9th, 2012
2:20 pm

I agree with Mike: in terms of what they have each shown on the field so far, Snelling ought to be listed right behind Turner, not Rodgers. Rodgers, for all the TD hype about him, was a good, but not a “very” good player. He’s a stout little guy, and quick, but he goes down much easier than Snelling. Snelling has been very good for a couple years now…always getting the extra YAC coaches are so keen on (yardage after contact).

Hamp

May 9th, 2012
3:17 pm

I don’t know what Mier’s weight is but with his hands he would be a good canidate to see if he could replace Gonzo at TE. He could do it if he could block decently. TG is not a great blocker but he gets it done. I think he should get a long look if his weight checks out or he could add some weight. I thought he was 220 if that is the case he only needs 15-20 more lbs.

Chance

May 9th, 2012
3:56 pm

@coach lockdown over the middle… Hello? Tony g is still getting it done. He may be slow but he has a big body and gets open. Harry d. Should step up big, his knee shouldn’t bother him anymore. About keeping the safety’s honest. Turner/Rogers- turner lead NFC in rushing even though he had a new fb and rodgers is going to be better with more time with the play book. Alot of ppl think he will be the next MJD, I can only hope

Chance

May 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

And also on d line Edwards should be 100 after knee surgery. Babs had a down year so he should be better. Abe is always read. And peters was causing a lot of havoc last year look for him to step up also. And their is always a small chance the jerry final steps up

Falconbikerdude

May 9th, 2012
4:55 pm

Svitek is the left tackle / Sam Baker can move inside.. In my opinion Svitek secured that job last year. Enough Said!!

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

As far as the revised roster is concerned, I see GReynolds as a backup OT after his failure last yr at RG. I also don’t see TMcClure beating our Hawley or Konz for the starting OC position. With our shortage failures and weak interior production last yr, and with TD and Smitty’s stated intent on us getting stouter up the middle, I’m certain they don’t expect to accomplished that with another yr of TMcClure, (who’s going on 36 and on a 1yr contract) especially long term.

JBlalock, MJohnson, VManuwai, Konz, & AJackson gives us 5 experienced OGs and I don’t see anyone beating any of them out. I also don’t see anyone beating out SBaker, WSvitek, GReynolds, LHolmes, and TClabo at OT. With Hawley and Konz capable of playing multiple positions, I don’t see us carrying more than 5 OTs or OGs.

I don’t see us carrying more than 6 WRs(RWhite, JJones, HDouglas, KMeier, KCone, and either DDavis or MCalvin, and more than 3-4 TEs, depending on how much Koetter values the TE as a receiving option. Naturally he’ll utilize Gonza this yr, but the TEs role might be drastically reduced with him installing more of the spread OFF formations.

Last yr we carried 5 RBs, and with us definitely running less, I don’t see us carrying any more than that.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
7:08 pm

Ken Strickland — I think you’re numbers are on point. 3 TEs, 1 on practice squad.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
7:10 pm

Falcons fan from Brazil — He recently retired to pursue a career in the ministry or something like that.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

Mike – Rodgers is second based on conversations with the coaching staff.

Falcon James

May 9th, 2012
7:28 pm

It will be a miracle if Baker starts at LT. He almost got Ryan killed last year. The first time he gets a holding call or misses a block that results in Ryan getting hit, he will ride the bench the rest of the year.