Atlanta Falcons: Exhibition game depth chart released

073012 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons rookie wide receiver James Rodgers (left) has joined his brother Jacquizz Rodgers, a second year running back on the team, in Flowery Branch on Monday, July 30, 2012. The Rodgers both played for Oregon State before joining the Atlanta Falcons. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

073012 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons rookie wide receiver James Rodgers (left) has joined his brother Jacquizz Rodgers, a second year running back on the team, in Flowery Branch on Monday, July 30, 2012. The Rodgers both played for Oregon State before joining the Atlanta Falcons. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

CARTERSVILLE — On the way to Dalton, I received the email from the Falcons previewing Thursday’s game against Baltimore.

I peeled some rubber and pulled off I-75. I found the McDonalds/Pilot Gas/Wal-mart/Winn-Dixie and Hotel. (They take one-stop shopping pretty seriously!) This is a big day for us because the team’s first depth chart is in the 222-page release. (They call it an “unofficial depth chart,” but it’s pretty official if it’s in the 222-page release.)

There are more than a few surprises.

On the first-team offense you’ll find Sam Baker at left tackle, Garrett Reynolds at right guard and Mike Cox at fullback. The Falcons promised a full and open competition along the line, but it’s the same group that opened the season in the Chicago last year. Garrett Reynolds has looked good and is moving well in tight spaces.

On defense, Asante Samuel is listed on the second-team behind Dunta Robinson at right cornerback. Also, it appears that Corey Peters has lost his spot to a foot injury. Peria Jerry is listed as one of the No. 1 defensive tackles alongside of Jonathan Babineaux. Peters is about two more weeks away from returning.

Also, Jacquizz Rodgers is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and Harry Douglas as the No. 1 punt returner.


(About to get back on I-75 and finish driving to Dalton. If you’re driving up, abide by the speed limit. I saw the state troopers pull over two cars. One Red Impala was trying to fly. I’m sure he’ll get a ticket for having jet fuel in his Impala.)  



WR 11 Julio Jones, 83 Harry Douglas, 19 Drew Davis,  15 Michael Calvin, 18 James Rodgers

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

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 69 Andrew Jackson, 68 Phillipkeith Manley

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

RG 75 Garrett Reynolds, 66 Peter Konz, 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo, 79 Mike Johnson, 76 Lamar Holmes, 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, 80 Kerry Meier, 12 Kevin Cone, 16 Marcus Jackson, 89 Kenny Stafford, 17 Tim Toone

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

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

FB  42 Mike Cox,  34 Bradie Ewing, 43 Lee Meisner


RE 55 John Abraham, 90 Lawrence Sidbury, 98 Cliff Matthews, 97 Louis Nzegwu

DT 94 Peria Jerry,  99 Vance Walker, 92 Travian Robertson, 70 Elisha Joseph

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 91 Corey Peters,  67 Micanor Regis, 65 Conrad Obi

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

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 50 Robert James, 43 Rico Council, 46 Max Gruder

MLB 52 Akeem Dent, 53 Mike Peterson,  45 Pat Schiller

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

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson, 22 Asante Samuel, 21 Christopher Owens, 38 Marty Markett, 37 Peyton Thompson

LCB 20 Brent Grimes, 24 Dominique Franks, 29 Darrin Walls, 27 Robert McClain

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

P 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

KR 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 24 Dominique Franks

PR  83 Harry Douglas,  24 Dominique Franks

LS 82 Joe Zelenka, 47 Josh Harris

H 5 Matt Bosher, 80 Kerry Meier


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Professor Ledbetter hands out first quarter training-camp grades for the rookies

Former Falcons running back Art Malone passed away, 1948-2012

New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter say Matt Ryan is a Top 10 quarterback

Asante Samuel takes offense with notion that he’s in steep decline

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Former Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris turning some heads at camp

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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51 comments Add your comment

SeenThis B4

August 6th, 2012
1:08 pm

SeenThis B4

August 6th, 2012
1:10 pm

Whasomatter DLed? You want to keep deleting my “Firsts” to help your constituents? LOL!


August 6th, 2012
1:10 pm

I’m glad to see that Mike Johnson has been moved over from behind Blaylock & has been given the chance to fully compete for the RG position! Let us know how he’s loking D-Led & thx for checking in on the D. Harvey situation.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

I was trying to help them out.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Gotta get back on this highway! Y’all be nice to one another.

Slim Junction Pedalmaster

August 6th, 2012
1:16 pm

Question……..What kind of beer selection is there at the Dome and how much is it?

Jimmy Crack

August 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Let’s see…Same personnel looking for a different result…Brilliant!

“But, Reynolds is looking good at RG.”

Better than stinking?


August 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

@hiramsaint…men to boys?….yeah, I guess It takes a real man to put a bounty on the opposing teams players…huh? All the suspensions the saints had and you come on a Falcons blog with your hodown attitude? Please dude…get a grip…Is this a joke to you or are you spittin’ tobacco outta your rootin’ tootin’ toothless jaw and spankin’ your butt with that dusty ol’ cowboy hat? Please….ya gotta be loco to type the first letter on a Falcons blog….You and SeenThisB4 should sell that cardboard hovel and move to Atlanta….since your such Falcons Fans!

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

That was good Blake………………keep em coming !

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
1:45 pm

If they wasn’t worried about the Atlanta Falcons you would never see em on the blog in the first place after watching highlights of the hall of fame game, the Aints team wasn’t too impressive. No wonder they are worried about the Falcons !
Last year they won the NFC South and this year it is all bout the Falcons……………welcome back to reality boys !
Falcons Fly High and Aints just crawl !

SeenThis B4

August 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

I’ve always said, that the falcan’t fans look at the world through rose colored glasses, till after they get beat by the Saints, then they rip their team apart for losing to the Saints. Now, you got bozos declaring the Saints didn’t look good at the HOFs, even though the Saints #1s mowed through the Arizona #1s, like they weren’t even there.
The NFL treated the Saints like a sacraficial lamb this spring, so, in retribution, this fall the Saints will avenge themselves by scalping their opponents. The sooner the falcan’ts start dealing with that reality, the sooner they can start to position themselves for a wildcard-round EXIT from the playoffs, again.

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
2:09 pm

@ SeenthisB4………….You can be first on here to congratulate them after they take the Division Title back where it belongs from your boys at the end of the Season !

SeenThis B4

August 6th, 2012
2:12 pm

And I will congratulate them IF they win the Division title. But I am sure that is an “IF” that will remain in the theoretical realm this year.

Big Chuck

August 6th, 2012
2:12 pm

Any team that ls led by Matt ‘SLUSH” Ryan is doomed to fail. I’m just saying….


August 6th, 2012
2:22 pm

Seenb4 is for sure an undercover falcon fan, ledbetter can we get this guy a jersey or something

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

Go back in history over the South Division and deny the fact that never has any one of the Teams succeeded in retaining the Title in a repeat of the following year and out of the other three besides your team the Atlanta Falcons have the edge on winning the division this year but seeing how it is with your mind I keep forgetting the fact that your team will win the South, the NFC title and the Superbowl this year in New Orleans………………..thats a Dream Come True for you but the odds of that happening is like Madonna looking like Marilyn Monroe.


August 6th, 2012
2:27 pm

I want to know who was so hot and heavy to use a precious 3rd round pick on Lamar Holmes? He was clearly projected to go no higher then 5th-6th round and he had an injury?????? I hope this doesn’t come back to haunt TD. I don’t like the feel of it, I’m sure TD will try and make it right but they passed up some STUDS to go for Holmes.


August 6th, 2012
2:41 pm

@SeenthisB4 you have no the AINT’s Offense did look pretty good but what to you see us on Thursday..I bet we’ll look just about a lil better….GO FALCONS….THE YEAR OF THE RISE OF THE FALCONS!!!!!

SeenThis B4

August 6th, 2012
2:46 pm

Oh, I’ll be watching SeenThisBFalcon, count on it; but I’ll be watching the Saints first on Thursday, and catch you guys later on NFL Replay.

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
2:51 pm

Seen , you are in a class all by yourself…………you never cease to amaze me with your football philosophy = one track mind !

Cleveland Ave. Turk

August 6th, 2012
2:57 pm

I just wanna see a playoff win. Im over all the hype of gaudy stats.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

Reno — We’ll get him a hat and a towel to wave.

Cleveland Ave. Turk

August 6th, 2012
3:00 pm

Sam Baker’s performance is pivotal. If he plays bad our entire offense will suffer.

Michael M.

August 6th, 2012
3:02 pm

That was funny D-led…………..I’ll donate a few dollars on it ! ! !

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 6th, 2012
3:03 pm

Cleveland Ave. Turk — Sam has been getting after it in practice. We’ll see how he does against the Titans today.

Cleveland Ave. Turk

August 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

I hope he plays well.

Big Crimson 75

August 6th, 2012
3:12 pm

No surprises with the DC….except maybe Dunta starting over Asante.
We are deep at Corner. Franks, Walls & even Owens(for his hustle on special teams) give us lots of options.
We are also deep on the OL — IF some of these guys step up!! Our 2 deep @ the OL position are full of experienced players & players we’ve drafted.
I hope Tony G doesn’t get hurt. It looks a little slim behind the Hall of Famer @ TE


August 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

For what it’s worth Garrett Reynolds looks much more ready and confident to be a guard this year than he did last year at practice anyway.


August 6th, 2012
3:38 pm

I see Reynolds at Guard and not tackle. Lets see how he does. I like to see Marty markett at punt and kickoff return. I think he is faster than Rodgers. We need speedsters to get it cracking up field. He said he runs a 10.2 in the 100 meters.


August 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

looks more like a shallow chart again and did you see big sedrick ellis earn his $500 for taking kolb out ofthe game ? i know matty melt saw it ’cause the siesmographs were picking up his shivering all the way in hiram

Birdman of Falcatraz

August 6th, 2012
4:17 pm

Free Safety does not look like a position of strength or depth. They signed Chris Hope to backup Moore, I hope he can also play some FS.


August 6th, 2012
5:02 pm

@PMC I agree. Reynolds looks much more comfortable at G this year….for the life of me though, I cant understand why we havent tried a guy of his size at LT?lol
@Cleveland Ave Turk Yeah, I hope so too…..Baker has a lot to do with how we’ll move this year.


August 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

TD has done a good job drafting. The Falcons first ever draft, nobody made the team out of training camp from the draft. Not good for job longevity if that happened in todays NFL.


August 6th, 2012
5:31 pm

baker?? reyndols really?? i hope peter can make a good leap and end up with a stating role man! im just not good with that line is seems matt is in line for some hits!


August 6th, 2012
5:36 pm

you gotta love SeenThis B4, its like the joker for batman! if it wasnt for him this blog would be too damn polite and bored!


August 6th, 2012
6:11 pm

Reynolds played Tackle in college. Let him remain there. The Falcons have got to give up this cross training crappy idea of theirs. There is too much talent coming out of college with players who have both experience and skill to be trying to change a guy to a position he hasn’t played in 3-4 years of college and 2 or more years in High School. If cross training is such a great idea, why aren’t more teams doing it? Help players succeed by ensuring they can do one thing and do it exceptionally.

First time Season Tix Holder

August 6th, 2012
6:47 pm

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August 6th, 2012
7:41 pm

Sam Baker at LT (I prefer a stud free agent LT if a solid player becomes available prior to the first regular season game)

Justin Blalock at LG

Todd McClure at C

Peter Konz at RT

Tyson Clabo at RT

If we do not get lucky and sign a starting caliber LT………Reynolds, Svitek, Hawley, Johnson & Lamar Holmes survive as reserve players (the only reason Lamar Holmes makes the team is because TD reached for him in the draft and he feels obligated to give him every opportunity to develop; Holmes might very well end up on the practice squad ==> I do not expect any other team would sign him to the active roster so he would be pretty safe there. For the record, I sincerely hope Lamar Holmes turns out being a steller LT sometime soon or even in the near future!)


August 6th, 2012
7:44 pm

BTW…….I think OL is the most critical group of players on ANY football team {probably more important than the QB position; unless the team has a completely inept QB of course. The Falcons are set with Matt Ryan (a VERY good QB)}.


August 6th, 2012
9:07 pm

Dled any update on how the o line did in todays proactive…..sounded like the offense was lighting up the titans.

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August 7th, 2012
10:06 am



August 7th, 2012
11:09 am

Is this game on NFL network?


August 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

There was an article in the Nashville paper this morning complaing about the aggressive play and banter that spoon was throwing out…..I LIKE IT…its about time we see an aggressive defensive unit…..keep it up spoon!!!!!

Ken Strickland

August 7th, 2012
1:05 pm

SEENTHISB4-Let’s talk about last yrs SORRIER THAN SORRY 30th ranked pass DEF and 24th ranked overall DEF. Let’s also talk about how that SORRIER THAN SORRY DEF will do this yr without MLB JVilma, your best CB(TPorter), your best OLB, and your depth at DT.

You have got to be one delusional AINT/TAINT fan to believe any of your replacements are better than the players they replaced, especially MLB CLofton, OG BGrubbs, and whoever replaces CB TPorter, WR RMeachum, or OG CNicks. The AINTS/TAINTS have done absolutely nothing to improve themselves. Everything they’ve done has been designed to limit their decline, at best.

And how stupid, moronic, and anal minded must an AINT/TAINT fan be to believe that your lowlife AINTS/TAINTS are being victimized by the NFL for being proven guilty of instituting and managing a vile and reprehensible BOUNTY PROGRAM? You can drop that US AGAINST THE WORLD crap, because you’re organization is headed for a steep decline, and it starts this season.


August 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

What’s the name of the Nashville paper?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

Mo — The Nashville Tennessean

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

Rick – Spoon yapped once at the Titans and he got quiet after they blew him off. Much hype about nothing.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 7th, 2012
3:33 pm

PreyDawg – No. It’s on CBS Atlanta with Tim Brant and Charles Davis handling the announcing duties.


August 7th, 2012
4:27 pm

this years team is so much better than last years it isn’t even close