Depth Chart: Falcons could be at full strength for Carolina

081612 ATLANTA: Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry puts pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

081612 ATLANTA: Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry puts pressure on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, August 16, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury, will return to practice on Wednesday, Falcons coach Mike Smith said.

Cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) worked with the training staff and Smith is hopeful that Samuel can play against Carolina on Sunday.

In the 30-28 squeaker over Carolina on Sept. 30, the Falcons yielded a season-high 199 rushing yards on 35 carries. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was a particular culprit, running for 86 yards on nine carries.

“We certainly have to play better than we did the first time that we played them,” Smith said. “This is an offense that has a different element in terms of how they run the football with the quarterback and having to account for him as a runner.”

The run defense has been stout the past two games. The Falcons held Tampa Bay to a season-low 50 yards rushing on Nov. 25 and the Saints to 101 yards.

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 19 Drew Davis
LT 72 Sam Baker 76 Lamar Holmes
LG 63 Justin Blalock 66 Peter Konz
C 62 Todd McClure 66 Peter Konz
RG 66 Peter Konz 68 PhillipKeith Manley 69 Harland Gunn
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 79 Mike Johnson
TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 81 Michael Palmer 86 Chase Coffman
WR 84 Roddy White 15 Kevin Cone 17 Tim Toone
QB 2 Matt Ryan 12 Luke McCown 4 Dominique Davis
RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 32 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith
FB 42 Mike Cox

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews
DT 94 Peria Jerry 91 Corey Peters
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 99 Vance Walker 92 Travian Robertson
LE 71 Kroy Biermann 96 Jonathan Massaquoi
OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 51 Robert James
MLB 52 Akeem Dent 53 Mike Peterson
OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson
CB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens
CB 22 Asante Samuel 27 Robert McClain 29 Dominique Franks
S 25 William Moore 24 Chris Hope
S 28 Thomas DeCoud 26 Charles Mitchell

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 32 Jacquizz Rodgers
PR 29 Dominique Franks 83 Harry Douglas
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher

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PS Man

December 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

SaySomething

December 4th, 2012
10:47 pm

SaySomething

December 4th, 2012
10:52 pm

Falcons fans should be reminded that most of these so-called experts and analysts that espouse their unsubstantiated views week to week about the Birds are idiots. We watch this team with more scrutiny, and we know what we have. This is a good team. I felt this should be stated because a lot of us tend to look to the experts for confirmation. 11-1 is all the confirmation I need. Go Birds!

lowdownjj

December 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Somebody please hide Asante’s helmet from him. We need Daba Deuce healthy for the stretch run!

Falcon James

December 4th, 2012
11:33 pm

I am not sure why we would push to get Asante back. Give him a chance to heal up. We know he is playing hurt and so does Carolina. Owens and McClain are stout. I say rest Asante.

FalconJim

December 5th, 2012
12:33 am

I agree, about resting Asante. We’ll need him for the stretch run, more that against the Panthers….I mean, what good is a one-armed man, anyway?
Just rest him….at least until the Giants game, and see where he’s at then…

GO, YOU DIRTY BIRDS!!!

chuck

December 5th, 2012
12:54 am

I don’t know if the Falcons are the best team in the league, but I have to lmao every time we get dissed for winning close while other “top contenders” are lauded for grinding out the same close wins (and in many other instances even lose, like SF, CHI, and NY this week).

Eric C.

December 5th, 2012
2:29 am

What match-up in the divisional round do you like the most for the Falcons. It seems it will be either the Giants or Packers.

Highland Pass

December 5th, 2012
3:48 am

The Falcons are a tough team to beat!! Those so called experts focus too much on blowout victories. Look at some of the loop-side losses from the “top-contenders” in the NFC…. We still haven’t seen a game (maybe San Diego) where our O & D played up to their (and our :-) expectations for at least 3/4 of a game each. At least in every game so far, there was always one side that covered for the other (including special teams) to bail out the “less productive end of the field”. Sound like a team to me, which in my mind is a key factor for success (this and a somewhat consistent running game:-)

In my personal Power Rankings the Pats would be No.1 followed by the Falcons, simply because the Pats are on a roll (a bit more than we are….)

The Real FAlcon

December 5th, 2012
6:56 am

HOW is a 9-3 team on a better roll than an 11-1 team? Get real!

falcfvr

December 5th, 2012
7:29 am

I heard one of the idiot so called expert’s say ” You are what your record says you are.” Then not ten second’s later say ” the Falcon’s are just not that good.” Blah Blah Blah…….. I love these Falcon’s and they are helping me have a blast on Sunday’s.

Statick

December 5th, 2012
8:15 am

Asante Samuel had better not play in this game. With the way McClain and Owens have been ballin’, he shouldn’t even sniff the field. For God’s sake, Coach, give the guy’s shoulder a break! (pun not intended)

Esquire

December 5th, 2012
8:23 am

owdownjj
December 4th, 2012
11:02 pm

Somebody please hide Asante’s helmet from him. We need Daba Deuce healthy for the stretch run!

**************************************************
Agreed, take a game off Asante.

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!!

SceneThisB4

December 5th, 2012
8:42 am

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Samuel

December 5th, 2012
8:42 am

The Falcons shouldn’t worry about criticism from the national media. The focus should be- not giving up seven sacks against the Panthers again, and finding a way to dominate this game. Until they win a playff game, The word but will always be used in reference to the Falcons. And after they win a playoff game, the word but, will be used in terms of them winning a Superbowl…

North FLA Falcon

December 5th, 2012
8:53 am

Dominate this game! Play hard for 60 minutes and tune up for the Giants next week.

PMC

December 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Here’s hoping they give Asante at least one more week off to rest it.

Ed

December 5th, 2012
9:04 am

That’s music to my ears I’m glad that this team is going into the later part of the schedule and the playoffs very healthy. I’d like to see us go ahead and lock down home field advantage.

RunninWithTheDawgs

December 5th, 2012
9:06 am

Carolina will be laying for us big time. They haven’t really proven themselves this year or since the arrival of Cam Newton for that matter.They could put a big notch in their belt with a win and they’ll be trying their best to get it.

Larry

December 5th, 2012
9:10 am

The Falson defense is lining up against possibly the most overrated QB in the NFL…the second coming of JaMarcus Russell.

Why even risk Samuel against a QB this bad? Let him heal for a real QB the following week in Manning.

Larry

December 5th, 2012
9:15 am

RunninWithTheDawgs,

Sunday’s loss dropped the Panthers to 3-9 and put them within a game of Kansas City and Jacksonville (both 2-10) for the worst record in the league and the possibility of the No. 1 overall draft pick.

No worries…they have Can’t Newton!

Say what

December 5th, 2012
9:15 am

Asante couldn’t even lift his arm for two games — let the guy heal! We don’t need him for Carolina.

His effort playing hurt against Tampa Bay was heroic, but we need him with two good arms for the playoffs. Don’t rush him back, coach.

Say what

December 5th, 2012
9:20 am

@chuck, When the Colts go 7-1 in close games, that’s something to be lauded and the sign of a poised QB.

When the Falcons do it, it means they aren’t that good.

Just one example, from pundit Gregg Easterbrook (who writes a good weekly column) here: http://espn.go.com/espn/playbook/story/_/id/8706209/young-guns-andrew-luck-russell-wilson-robert-griffin-iii-dazzle-victories

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RunninWithTheDawgs

December 5th, 2012
9:29 am

Larry

That’s what I’m talking about. They’ve got nothing to lose and everything (bragging rights) to gain. I don’t think they can pull it off but on a given day………

warfalcon

December 5th, 2012
10:30 am

I agree PMC let Asante rest Robert caan cover Steve.ONE GAME AT A TIME,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

North FLA Falcon

December 5th, 2012
10:55 am

The Panthers are an up and coming team. They have some good pieces in place. But they live and die by CAM. When he’s hot, they can be tough to beat but when he’s not, they are painful to watch. Falcons need to come out early on the road, in the cold, and dominate … don’t let him get hot! Make them play OUR game. As Drew Brees said, “This is OUR DIVISION! WE know it and THEY know it!!!!” GO FALCONS

Cool 1

December 5th, 2012
11:15 am

When the Falcons beat Tampa two weeks ago, Howie Long said Atlanta beat Tampa but, did you see how well Tampa’s offense looked with Vincent Jackson. Huh? The Falcons and the Texans are the two most disrepected 11-1 teams by the national media. We always hear about how good the Packer, Giants, Patriots, and Ravens are but the Falcons get nothing possitive from the media. Ok, Falcons take the us against the world mentality and keep kicking butt!

True Falcon Fan

December 5th, 2012
11:18 am

The problem with the Carolina Panthers is they have ONE player that really thinks he’s “Superman” — As Deon Sanders put it so good: “CAM, CAM ole CAM”
Sorry if there is any Cam Newton lovers out there, “This guy is really NOT a team player”!

Falcons “WIN” this game BIG!

Go Falcons

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

old falc

December 5th, 2012
11:24 am

falcons are better this time with cox and edwards gone need a punt returner davis never tried to run one ontil toone was

Mario

December 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

Honestly we should let Asante rest for the playoffs. I think we can hold serve in the secondary with the way McClain and Owens played vs. Brees Thursday night. Asante gets it reinjured everytime he goes in to play. Just let him heal and be full go for the playoffs. It’s only 4-5 weeks away. We can manage.

D man

December 5th, 2012
12:33 pm

Samual needs to do what it takes to get healthy before the playoffs start, even if he has to sit out 3 weeks…

1stn10

December 5th, 2012
12:34 pm

I’m sure the coach knows wether or not to play Asante. But if it makes you feel better…tell him not to.

Say what

December 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

1stn10, I’m not sure the coach knows whether to play Asante, because he played him in the New Orleans game, when it was obvious he should have been resting and healing. Three one-armed plays until he was “reinjured”? Really? That was stupid. That’s why you are seeing these posts about Asante.

Nique

December 5th, 2012
1:01 pm

You’ve gotta rest Asante this week so that he’s healthy for the G-Men, because as big as the N.O. game was, this upcoming game against the Giants is the true statement game, to both ourselves & the rest of the NFL! After getting embarrassed up there last year in the playoffs & the G-Men will be coming into the dome with everything they havebecause their division & playoff lives will be on the line in that games, it will really have a playoff atmosphere. We’ll also have a chance to clinch homefield throughout the playoffs, securing the # 1 seed in that game most likely, so the whole NFL will be taking notice & that’s a game we have to rise up & demand our respect! So i say rest Asante this week & we have to be able to find a way to beat a 2 win Carolina team without him & have him ready for the Giants game

Michael M.

December 5th, 2012
1:01 pm

FULL STRENGTH ?????……………………now you really got me laughing at the Pansies and Superman Newton !…………….demolished, destroyed,humiliated,massacred,steam-rolled,pearl-harbored are only a few of the words of what the game story will be after the Falcons dissect them !

Nique

December 5th, 2012
1:05 pm

& then after the Giants game, i’d probably rest Asante again for the season. That’s if he shows any signs of not being 100% because the worst possible thing to do would be to rush him & have with playing with 1 arm in the postseason, but i believe the coaching staff knows that

Royalty1

December 5th, 2012
2:42 pm

What’s going on with sidbury and no play time?

falcon freak

December 5th, 2012
9:20 pm

People please! Being a Falcon freak since 1996, i come to realize that we will not get any respect from anyone until we win in the play offs. ( like 98) stop worry
ing about who says what on the almighty espn talking heads and and do what we do and just win!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 5th, 2012
9:53 pm

Royalty1 — He was beaten out.