DEPTH CHART: Updated for training camp; Dent No. 1 MLB

Falcons training camp began today in Flowery Branch with players, coaches hoping to make it to the regular season unscathed. Most training camps are uneventful (aside from the occasional injury) but there have been some truly bad moments in the training camp history of the Falcons. Curtis Compton/

Falcons training camp began today in Flowery Branch with players, coaches hoping to make it to the regular season unscathed. Most training camps are uneventful (aside from the occasional injury) but there have been some truly bad moments in the training camp history of the Falcons. Curtis Compton/

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons finished their first walk-through of the season as training camp opened this morning.

Both of the local sports radio stations – 680TheFan and 70The Zone – are broadcasting live.

Also, ESPN’s Lisa Salters was on hand for the session.

Coach Mike Smith and running backs coach Gerald Brown stated this offseason that they would monitor running back Michael Turner’s carries and that Jacquizz Rodgers would likely pick up some of the workload.

On 790TheZone Smith said Rodgers and Jason Snelling should pick up some additional work and that he didn’t want Turner to be over 300 carries this season.

The afternoon session is open to the public and starts at 3:30 p.m.

With the release of Lofa Tatupu, Akeem Dent moves up the No. 1 at middle linebacker. We also have Peter Konz at No. 2 at right guard.

Here’s a story on Dent from the offseason.

Here’s my training camp depth chart:




WR 11 Julio Jones, 12 Kevin Cone, 15 Michael Calvin, 16 Marcus Jackson, 17 Tim Toone

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

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

C 62 Todd McClure, 61 Joe Hawley, 64 Tyler Horn

RG 75 Garrett Reynolds, 66 Peter Konz, 65 Vince Manuwai

RT 77 Tyson Clabo, 67 Andrew Jackson, 73 Bryce Harris

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez, 81 Michael Palmer, 86 Tommy Gallarda, 85 LaMark Brown, 86 Adam Nissley, 49 Aron White

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 80 Kerry Meier, 19 Drew Davis, 18 James Rodgers, 89 Kenny Stafford

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  42 Mike Cox, 44 Jason Snelling, 34 Bradie Ewing, 43 Lee Meisner


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

DT 94 Peria Jerry,  99 Vance Walker, 92 Travian Robertson, 91 Corey Peters (Out for 3 weeks, foot)

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 94 Peria Jerry, 67 Micanor Regis, 70 Elisha Joseph

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

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 50 Robert James, 43 Rico Council,

MLB 52 Akeem Dent, 53 Mike Peterson, 46 Max Gruder, 40 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, 36 Chris Hope,  26 Charles Mitchell

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


K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Erik Folk

KO 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

P 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

KR 35 Antone Smith, 18 James Rodgers,

PR  24 Dominique Franks, 83 Harry Douglas, 18 James Rodgers

LS 82 Joe Zelenka, 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher, 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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July 26th, 2012
12:37 pm


July 26th, 2012
12:45 pm

going to be facinated with how this offensive line depth chart changes.


July 26th, 2012
1:00 pm

Lisa Salters ……

back on topic, Dent needs to make one.


July 26th, 2012
1:06 pm

Wow Konz at #2. He must have put on a good showing in the OTA’s.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2012
1:07 pm

PMC – Konz to 2 at RG was big. Moved Holmes over from RT to LT, too.

Mike Franklin

July 26th, 2012
1:08 pm

I think the guys at Fox Sports were right when they said that the loss of Tatupu was more than offset by the Saints pay-to-hurt scandal and the loss of personnel and coaching. Of course, they also mentioned that the Falcs have 14 other games and those won’t be as easy.


July 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

@Mike Franklin, if that’s true, then you’re looking at 0&16.


July 26th, 2012
1:22 pm

Are NFL officials going to talk to them soon about rules emphasis?


July 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

MLB is only a 1st and 2nd down player these days with all the passing going on. Nicholas and Spoon will be the LBs in nickel coverage. I like this team a lot. I think we go 11-5 and win the division.


July 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

Interesting that Mike Cox is still losted as our first choice FB, but hey, tht’s what training camp is for, for these unproven rookies to fight for their starting jobs.

I think Ewing and Konz will finish this camp as first choice in their respective positions barring any injury. I also think that 2nd WR spot behind Julio will be an interesting battle, and I think it will be interesting to see who ends up winning our PR and KR duties

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

July 26th, 2012
1:30 pm

So Perrier Jerry is listed as a strater? Only B Cuz the tru starter is injrued.


July 26th, 2012
1:41 pm


Mike Cox is not a rookie. He started a lot of games at FB last year I believe with the #1 FB (now gone) was injured. The Falcons has enough confidence in Cox not to resign the starting FB off of that injury…and I am sure money played into that as well.


July 26th, 2012
1:43 pm


Unless you meant that Ewing…the rookie….would have to fight Cox for the postion….which I think you might have intended to say….not clearly.

Astro Joe

July 26th, 2012
1:48 pm

Is Lamar Holmes healthy? Is Peria Jerry still on the roster?

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

D-Led, that’s Mike Cox #42, not Lucas.

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

Or, it might be Lucas. I can’t tell with his helmet down over his eyes. Saving money on jerseys?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

Delbert D. — That’s Lucas. Picture is from last year. Mike wasn’t with the team yet.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

Astro Joe – Yes, he went through the walk-through. Peria is 1st with Peters out.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2012
2:24 pm

jay — On Konz: He has a really great walk-through this morning.


July 26th, 2012
2:36 pm

Is there a reason why Mike Johnson’s not getting a shot at the RG battle instead of being reduced to second fiddle at LG?

Rev Blake

July 26th, 2012
3:07 pm

Every time I see “LT 72 Sam Baker” listed as the starter my stomach sinks a little… Same with “DT 94 Peria Jerry.”
Going to go take some antacid now…

Jimmy Crack

July 26th, 2012
3:12 pm

Nice to see Massaquoi in line behind Edwards and Biermann. He could actually get some playing time sooner than later, with the inconsistency of Ray and Kroy on passing downs.

I am very interested to see what Vince Manuwai brings to the RG rotation. I think he will show the young ‘uns how some real beef moves around.

Smoove Criminal

July 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

Not really sure why Shann Schillinger is still even on the team. Falcons are in deep DEEP trouble if they have to rely on him to give them any type of contribution at FS should DeCoud go down with an injury. I’d rather take my chances and gamble on Chris Hope before I gave Schillinger any snaps that weren’t on special teams.


July 26th, 2012
3:14 pm

I’d like to see Aron White make the team he was a solid pass catcher at UGA.

GT in GoldTown

July 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

How many WR’s do you think the Falcons will keep on the final roster? 4 or 5? And will the Falcons keep 1 or 2 FB’s?

Big Crimson 75

July 26th, 2012
3:25 pm

Biggest sleeper on the Falcons Squad — Jerrell Harris!!!
Jerrell was very much under-rated the last 2 yrs on a squad featuring Dont’A Hightower & Courtney Upshaw. Harris was as solid as those players taht were taken high in the draft.
Roll Tide!!!……and get your Julio for MVP signs ready!!!!


July 26th, 2012
3:39 pm

of the linebacker depth, I’m most excited to see Jerrell Harris.


July 26th, 2012
3:50 pm

We’ve been hearing for YEARS that they are going to monitor/cut down Turner’s carries. They say the same thing every off season, and yet once the games start, Smith will run Turner ragged. I am expecting the same thing this year…history repeats itself.


July 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

Baker and Reynolds are gonna get Ryan killed. Replace BOTH asap.

Defense wins Titles

July 26th, 2012
4:07 pm

Akeem, Dawg Nation is behind you 100%. GATA. Play your heart out big man.

Defense wins Titles

July 26th, 2012
4:13 pm

This has got to be the best Falcons roster ever. GM TD, Coach Smith just make the right decisions. We are going to have to cut some seriously great football players. Other teams will be lined up to snatch players from our cuts. Let’s get after that Super Bowl title. Cut our coordinators loose and let’s have fun. GM TD keep making better drafts please. Next years to come ought to be for superstars. Best Players Available. Need next great QB soon.


July 26th, 2012
4:18 pm

PJerry? Wow! That bum’s still around?? Get well soon CPeters.

Wilson Pickett

July 26th, 2012
4:23 pm

I hope Jerrell Harris can make the team but with that said he’s missing the mental part of football that keeps him from being a star. You will see few players that dress out like Harris for the dude looks like he was created for the game. Best of luck to the Atlanta Falcons this year.

Throw the damn ball to Julio!


July 26th, 2012
4:24 pm

Things we’ve been hearing for years…
“It’s the scheme.”
“It’s a process.”
“We’ll be more explosive!”
“We’ll attack.”
“We’re going to have more sacks”
“We’re going to get off the field more.”
We’re GATA!”
We’re dictate to the defense.”
“Losing is unacceptable.”
What else did I miss?

Big Crimson 75

July 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

JSS — did you mention “process”?


July 26th, 2012
4:31 pm

Lofton and his replacement are both gone. Dent is not the answer Nolan or the Falcon’s needs!


July 26th, 2012
4:54 pm

JSS….we will give 110%, is always in there somewhere.

Big Crimson 75…..believe only Tiger Woods can say, “its a process”. He like owns the words, or something

old qb

July 26th, 2012
4:57 pm

I need to change my diet. At least start drinking more Kool-Aid. The Falcons have a brutal schedule. A 9-7 season is realistic.
The linebackers are paper-thin. Nicholas and the words all-pro have never been mentioned in the same conversation. He’s adequate and not an impact player. Dent has never started a game in the NFL. If Weatherspoon goes down we have Robert James backing him up–Robert James is smaller than Jaquizz Rogers which is very scary.
Piera Jerry hasn’t done a thing for the Falcons other than take their money. If he gets cut he’ll qualify for lifetime disability. Vance Walker is the only DT on the team that can anchor the line of scrimmage.
Ray Edwards was a bust, but as Smitty will tell you, “He was good against the run”. If that’s what we wanted why didn’t we just keep Jamaal Anderson? By the third or fourth game Nolan is going to scrap the4-3 and have to go to the 3-4 just to get pass rushers like Biermann and Sidbury in the game to help Abraham.
Tampa Bay and Carolina will be improved this year. And the Saints own the Falcons and will until we get a pass rush. I stand by 9-7 whhich might squeak into the playoffs.


July 26th, 2012
5:02 pm

Watch out Atlanta Falcons. The challenge has gone down. Ryan Kalil, Carolina Panthers center, took out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer yesterday predicting that Carolina will win the Super Bowl. The Carolina coach, Ron Rivera, says he feels the same way.


July 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

Hope Akeem Dent is doing superb job at MLB, he was a good but not great player for Ga, Wait until Cornelius come out, Go Dawgs!


July 26th, 2012
5:24 pm

This is a great team… lots of talent. Never underestimate the value of good coaching which I expect to see. If these guys are well directed, they will give any NFL team a run for their money. Lots of offensive talent and an emerging hot defense/special teams. I’m still anxious to see LaMark Brown in action. GO FALCONS!


July 26th, 2012
5:30 pm

Kevin Cone is the #4 receiver? Wow, that kid must be putting in some serious work!


July 26th, 2012
6:04 pm

I’m really disappointed in the inability to address the backup quarterback position. I’ll be pulling for Dominique Davis. I hope he gets a real opportunity.


July 26th, 2012
6:22 pm

Picture no 7 on Falcons report to camp was just the look he had when Hakeem Nicks flew by him!!!


July 26th, 2012
6:27 pm

Crimson and Paddy…


July 26th, 2012
6:28 pm

Guess what? It is a “process.” You do not build from the scrap junk of a football team that this regime inherited in 08 to SB contenders overnight. Be patient, it really does take time. It is not like MS came in here and inherited a team on the brink of greatness. I am excited about the season and really do not care to listen to all the whinning. Can some positive fans please start posting and make this blog interesting. We are about to have football back and the Falcons are going to give you championship football performances.


July 26th, 2012
6:32 pm

Mikey-Kudos to you and love your comments and enthusiasm.

Falcon James

July 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

I like what i see of the starters. If Peria is health all season, he could have some impact. Same thing with Baker. I think both these guys know that a poor performace from either of them will likely end thier career as a Falcon and will hurt them in FA. Everything elso looks good in my opinion. Can’t way to see what they look like in preseason. We definetly have some talent!


July 26th, 2012
6:53 pm

Falcon James-Great post with intelligent analysis.


July 26th, 2012
6:56 pm

Saints Depth > falcan’ts Depth