Ewing not ready to pencil himself into the lineup

Bradie Ewing is taking part in the Falcons rookie minicamp. He feels no pressure to replace Ovie Mughelli. (Associated Press)

Bradie Ewing is taking part in the Falcons rookie minicamp. He feels no pressure to replace Ovie Mughelli. (Associated Press)

By Chris Vivlamore

Brady Ewing isn’t about to pencil himself into the lineup.

The fullback was drafted in the fifth round (157th) out of Wisconsin, and the acquisition led the Falcons to release Pro Bowler Ovie Mughelli this week. By rule, the team needed to wait until Mughelli was recovered from the knee injury that cut short his season.

“Whenever you have to make decisions on your roster it’s always tough, especially with a guy who has contributed and helped us have the success that we’ve had,” Smith said of Mughelli. “It was an organizational decision, and we wish Ovie the best. We’ve got to move on. The roster is always changing. It’s never going to be the same.”

Smith said Ewing (5-11, 243) has shown the ability to catch the ball early in camp.

“I’m not really worrying about that situation,” Ewing said of replacing Mughelli. “I know that’s the NFL, and that’s the way the business works. I’m just going to do what I can control. Take care of the things I can do. Come out and work every day, getting in the playbook and coming with the right mindset and hopefully everything else will take care of itself.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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26 comments Add your comment

Seen ThisB4

May 12th, 2012
9:15 am

joeadler

May 12th, 2012
9:28 am

You all are going to love Bradie Ewing. He got like 20 passes thrown to him last year. He didn’t miss one. Great hands. Hard working kid. Nothing not to like here.

Big Crimson 75

May 12th, 2012
9:29 am

The 2 Whiskey boys are the best bets out of this draft.

thejama

May 12th, 2012
9:38 am

We don’t need more than 2 FB’s, not including Snelling. It’s nice that we drafted one that is also good at catching the ball. Looking forward to our new screen game this year.

Buckeye

May 12th, 2012
10:04 am

Big 10! Big 10! Big 10!

Saint Hater

May 12th, 2012
10:17 am

I thought Monte Ball was the best non-QB in college football last year, and Ewing and Konz were 2 reasons why. Clearly the power run game isn’t going to be as big a part of our scheme as before, but you have to have one to win in the NFL. Hopefully Dirk Diggler and co. will utilize and coach up the players they have.

JONESBORO SLIM

May 12th, 2012
10:29 am

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Falcon Hater

May 12th, 2012
10:38 am

Your team will NEVER WIN A SB….FACT! SAINTS OWN YOU….MUST BE TERRIBLE TO BE A FAILCANT FAN…

Falcon Hater

May 12th, 2012
10:39 am

Falclowns = losers…

JONESBORO SLIM

May 12th, 2012
10:43 am

DLED…I just hope you keep us inform on the goin’s “ON” up there at the “HILL” this weekend….so I’m sure like so many of us you will keep us updated for today and tomorrow sessions…so keep the column open….if you can’t call me @ 634-5789… me and Wilson Pickett shared the phone…

NewYork1

May 12th, 2012
10:51 am

Falcon Hater , go back 2 your own site and cry about bountygate

Tree Rollins

May 12th, 2012
10:59 am

Glad Ovie is gone – it seemed like he would drop the easy pass every time. He was WAY overpaid for a blocking back! C’ya Ovie! Now it’s time to replace The “burner”. Calling him that is hilarious – like when you give a fat guy the nickname Tiny.

Sid

May 12th, 2012
11:03 am

Falcons Fans: Don’t waste your time blogging here, the writer protects and supports the trolls and may actually be a troll himself. Move somewhere else to speak freely.

Seen ThisB4

May 12th, 2012
11:28 am

Kinda hypocritical to be advising falcan’t fans to abandon this site when you’re reading it too.

Chris

May 12th, 2012
11:59 am

Falconhater- the saints won one sb and now the saints are the best team in the nfl! Ha! Dude get off your high horse! The saints and braves are similar in that fashion but the braves I would say would be more dominate and the falcons are about to be going in the same direction but with championships. Plus the saints had to cheat!

Greg

May 12th, 2012
12:56 pm

I hope he works out. Supposedly, he’s a good blocker. OTOH, it’s hard to see how he could have nearly the upper- or lower-body strength of Ovie. Here’s what the bleacherreport said of this projected 6th-rounder before the draft:
“Weaknesses
Ewing needs to add more bulk to his frame to be more successful at the next level. At the combine, his bench press total was the lowest of any running back prospects who participated. His total was even lower than Oregon’s LaMichael James. If he’s going to be a power fullback in the NFL, he must add more strength.
Experts’ Take
NFL.com writes that Ewing is not going to make any electric plays with the ball at the next level. Compared to fullbacks who have been successful of late in the NFL, such as Vonta Leach of the Ravens, he has the ability to block with the same tenacity. A decent athlete but very stiff and straight-line as a runner.”

Bucky Badger

May 12th, 2012
1:35 pm

Ewing & Konz are “Class” Guys!…as opposed to Aints Fans!

the Real Falcon

May 12th, 2012
2:14 pm

Why we are depending on a rookie who did not lift at the combine is beyond me.
Anyone who does not belive OVIE is an awesome FB does not know football.
When was the last time the Big 10 won the National Championship?
Greg saw the facts and is giving them to those who want to listen.
Lastly we have a OT who’s is hurt and that was missed by the Falcons staff

falconsrus

May 12th, 2012
2:38 pm

Isn’t a fullback supossed to be stiff and straight forward as a runner lmfao

@$%# *^ & $$%*

May 12th, 2012
4:57 pm

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AlanFalcon

May 12th, 2012
5:50 pm

Falcon Hater, its time to go stick your head where the sun don’t shine so that you can enjoy the life that you are apparently use too.

Laughing out Loud

May 12th, 2012
6:20 pm

This is the first and last word I will say about Falcon hater as I refuse to give him/or her further recognition for which the person must be so desparately starved. He/she must be sociially, morally as well as intellectually deprived. The name says it all “…hater.” Hater = loser. Please, there is no comparison between the saints and the Braves as a previous poster wrote. Now contrasts are a different matter! The difference is between class and no class. The same is true with the no class saints and the classy Braves. Braves are well thought of in their field of sport. The saints are objects of derision having disgraced themselves by cheating to win their first and only Super Bowl. A Super Bowl? So what?

Mikey

May 13th, 2012
8:52 am

Welcome to Atlanta Mr. Ewing! I’m anxious to see him play and know that with a couple of months to prepare, he will be ready to make an impact.

QB/DB

May 13th, 2012
9:52 am

He may be alright but I don’t believe we are going deep into the playoff’s with this guy as our starting FB!

Paddy

May 13th, 2012
11:06 am

QB/DB……….the fullback position will have little effect on how far the Falcons go in the playoffs.The NFL is a QB league. Most use the QB as a yardstick not the fullback as the key to success!

cdog

May 13th, 2012
8:42 pm

with this move, i hope this is not the second coming of dan henning with H BACK GIMMICK OFFENSE.