Roster Spot Competition

2009 Falcons Roster Spot Friendly Competition

 

(((Post Length Note)))
Apologies for long length, this one got away. May need to take a snack break to finish.

Beware the Turk
The best time of the year for us football junkies: 3 days away from Thursday Night College Football on ESPN, 5 days away from College Kickoff Weekend, and 13 days away from Birds-‘Fins in the Terror-Dome. The eminent start of the NFL season brings a very nerve-racking time for many players fighting for their professional lives across the league. Players known as bubble candidates will be putting their absolute best foot forward in the remaining week and final preseason game to ensure they get one of those crucial final spots on the 53 man protected roster. Players will be looking over their shoulder as the final cut down day of Saturday, September 5th approaches. This is the day the teams must trim their roster to get to 53 players. These players that are on the bubble will be looking out for the “Turk” as he’s referred to around the league. The slogan “Beware the Turk” has developed as the final cutdown approaches. Thomas George has a more in-depth article on the slogan from NFL.com.

Active, Inactive, and Protected Rosters
The rules can be quite convoluted and complex when it comes to a NFL team’s roster throughout the season. A very quick breakdown of the surrounding rules. Every NFL team can have no more than 53 players on their roster at any one time throughout the season. Changes can be made as often as possible, at least to common knowledge. Teams have to submit an active roster for each game which can only include 45 players allowed to actually play in the game. The remaining eight players that are declared inactive cannot play in that game, but are protected by that team and cannot be picked up by other NFL teams. Teams may decide to rotate between active and inactive players based on strategy or opponents they are facing that week. In other words, NFL teams have a 53 man protected roster in which they can shuffle around as they choose.

Practice Squads
In addition to the 53 man protected roster, NFL teams can designate players to a practice squad which contains 8 players that can be used for scout team purposes or a sort of “insurance” policy in case anyone on their protected roster gets injured or implodes on the field. However, players on practice squads are unprotected and can be claimed by any other NFL team at any time. When teams want to claim other squad’s players off practice squads, they must be signed onto that new teams protected roster. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, there are several rules associated with practice squads. If a player is claimed off a practice squad, it must be done so at least 6 days before the team’s next game. Players cannot have played more than nine regular season games or been on the active roster for an entire year, nor can players be allowed to spend more than two seasons on the same team’s squad unless that team’s active roster never dips below 53 players. More in-depth description from eHow.com on practice squad rules.

Your Turn
And on the note of discussing final rosters, its time for the 1st Annual Bird Cage Friendly Roster Spot Competition. Use your best prognostication skills, training camp updates, players performances, and overall Falcons knowledge to be crowned Bird Cage Roster Spot Champ. Similar to the Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition back in April, the Roster Spot Competition involves a very simple formula: each correct choice nets 1 point and each correct practice squad selection will net a half point. Submit your final choices for the Atlanta Falcons 2009 Final Roster and all will be saved to the hard drive and analyzed on Sunday after the final bell tolls. Make some tough decisions and imagine if its difficult for you than how hard it will be for the coaches. Deadline for final submittal is Thursday at 11:59 pm. Describe each pick if desired, but not required. Good Luck.

Last Year’s Final Roster Prior to 1st Game

QBs (3)
Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, DJ Shockley

RBs (4)
Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Ovie Mughelli

WRs (6)
Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran, Laurent Robinson, Adam Jennings

TEs (4)
Ben Hartsock, Justin Peele, Jason Rader, Marcus Pollard

OL (9 Total – 4 Tackles, 3 Centers, 2 Guards)
Sam Baker, Todd Weiner, Tyson Clabo, Quinn Ojinnaka, Justin Blaylock, Harvey Dahl, Todd McClure, Ben Wilkerson, Alex Stepanovich

DTs (4)
Jonathan Babineaux, Grady Jackson, Kindal Moorehead, Jason Jefferson

DEs (5)
John Abraham, Jamaal Anderson, Kroy Biermann, Chauncey Davis, Simon Fraser

LBs (5)
Michael Boley, Curtis Lofton, Keith Brooking, Coy Wire, Stephen Nicholas

CBs (5)
Chris Houston, Brent Grimes, Chevis Jackson, Dominique Foxworth, David Irons

S (5)
Lawyer Milloy, Thomas DeCoud, Erik Coleman, Antoine Harris, Jamaal Fudge

K/P (2)
Jason Elam, Michael Koenen

LS (1)
Mike Schneck

2008 Practice Squad
Brandon Miller – DE
D’Anthony Batiste – OG
Eric Brock – S
Eric Weems – WR
Glenn Sharpe – CB
Keith Zinger – TE
Kenneth Darby – RB
Sean Conover – DE

My Attempt

Quarterbacks (3)

1) Matt Ryan
Franchise Starting QB

2) Chris Redman
Cemented his job as Falcons premier backup in great performance against Rams. Worth the high price tag of $4.5 million a year, giving Falcons fans relief knowing that Redman can play in case of emergency.

3) John Parker Wilson
Showed a great ability that he can be groomed as a future project, coming in and looking extremely comfortable running the third team offense. Not dazzling numbers, but no mistakes as an undrafted rookie free agent, and excellent efficiency at driving the Falcons down the field. *(See sad decision on Hometown Hero DJ Shockley below).

Running Backs (4)

4) Michael Turner
Pro-Bowl lock starting RB

5) Jerious Norwood
Lightning to Turner’s Thunder. May be last year in red and black

6) Jason Snelling
Had an excellent preseason showing speed, power, and a great ability as a third down and goal line back. May move into #2 RB spot if Norwood leaves in free agency

7) Ovie Mughelli
One of the best blocking fullbacks in the NFL
*(See another tough decision on Hometown Hero Thomas Brown below)

Wide Receivers (6)

8.) Roddy White
Franchise wide receiver locked up as a Falcon virtually for his career

9) Michael Jenkins
Starting wide receiver who is coming into his own opposite Roddy

10) Brian Finneran
Looks to be current starting slot receiver and reminded everyone of his ability with his nice touchdown catch and run against the Chargers. Sure handed, red zone threat, and special teams ace

11) Eric Weems
Great story of hard work and perseverance. Got his opportunity and made the most of it. Not the flashiest name, but has had one of the best preseasons of any Falcon. Likely already safe, but the beautiful game-winning touchdown catch was icing on the roster spot cake. Looks to be in the Falcons future plans even beyond this year

12) Marty Booker
Showed flashes of his old self throughout preseason making some nice catch and runs in several games. Seemed to have more upside as a receiver than Ferguson, even though maybe not in terms of special teams. Age of 33 is a perfect one year fill-in for Harry Douglas coming back from injury next year.

13) Troy Bergeron
First big surprise pick. After trying for years and years to make an NFL roster, Bergeron finally earns a spot with the Falcons, finishing a feel good story of hard work and determination. Excellent slot receiver who runs good routes and has excellent hands. At 6′2, 195 maybe a future replacement for Brian Finneran when he hangs up his cleats.

Offensive Line (9 Total – 5 Tackles, 2 Guards, 2 Centers)

14) Sam Baker
Anchor left tackle for the future

15) Justin Blaylock
Road-grading left guard who is young and continues his growth

16) Todd McClure
Grizzled veteran center who still has game at the young age of 32. O-Line captain.

17) Harvey Dahl
One of the toughest and violent guards in the league. Forms the great “Nasty Boys” tandem with Tyson Clabo on the right side. Locking him up to long-term deal is a high priority

18) Tyson Clabo
Big, strong right tackle who has been developed and groomed by the Falcons. Great young tackle that completes the “Nasty Boys” tandem with Dahl. Along with Dahl, locking up Tyson Clabo is the highest season priority

19) Brett Romberg
Signed in the offseason and showed why he looks to be McClure’s replacement when he hangs up his cleats. Offense didn’t miss a beat when he was in the game against the Rams. Another great free agent pickup by TD. Can play guard in a pinch.

20) Will Svitek
Another OL pickup via free agency by TD. Looks to be an excellent option and insurance for Baker’s injury history. Extremely young at 27 and appears to be in the Falcons long term future

21) Garrett Reynolds
The only offensive draft pick of 2009 hasn’t disappointed in his rookie debut. Showed reasons why he may start one day in the near future in the NFL. Fits the big, nasty style of play Coach Smith and Coach Boudreau desires.

22) Quinn Ojinnaka
Versatility is the key. Taking only 9 OL requires at least one or two lineman to be able to play several positions and Ojinnaka’s versatility on being able to play guard and tackle look to give him the edge in the last spot. Possibly moving to guard permanently with Reynolds and Svitek.

Tight Ends (3)

23) Tony Gonzalez
Future Hall of Fame Tight End at the top of his game, enough said.

24) Justin Peele
Superb complement to Gonzalez and looks to be featured a lot with many two tight end sets. Likely will see many targets with TG getting doubled up.

25) Keith Zinger
Next big shocker. Zinger was drafted in the seventh round last year by TD and failed to make the active roster, but was placed on the practice squad for an entire year. Always known as a blocker, but showed his ability to catch on several occasions in preseason games. A younger Ben Hartsock. A need to get younger and develop at tight end with Gonzalez and Peele both being over 30.

Defensive Tackles (5)

26) Jonathan Babineaux
Starting defensive tackle that looks to benefit from more athleticism from the other DT spot.

27) Peria Jerry
1st round draft pick that has been slow adjusting to the pro game, but hopefully will make necessary corrections and live up to his first round status.

28) Trey Lewis
Another great feel good story. Lewis looks to be the lead candidate for the starting DTackle spot opposite Babineaux. Appears to be healthy after two knee injuries. Big, athletic run stuffer.

29) Thomas Johnson
Had one of the best camps of any defensive tackle. Drew raves in the offseason and translated into the preseason games. High motor, tough defender that looks to be in the DT rotation.

30) Vance Walker
Uncommon to keep 5 defensive tackles, but Walker is too good to pass up as a building block for the future. Has had an excellent camp and preseason, and great insurance to Trey Lewis and Peria Jerry’s injury history. Not a candidate for practice squad, because he will be snatched up faster than any player. If only one spot, he gets the nod over Thomas Johnson.

Defensive Ends (5)

31) John Abraham
Pro-Bowl caliber defensive end and leader of the defense.

32) Kroy Biermann
Looks be starting sooner rather than later. Has one of the highest motors and hustle playing style of any Falcon. Should be in competition to start. Has had one of the best camps of any DE on the roster.

33) Chauncey Davis
Signed to a 4 year resign in the offseason. Played fairly vanilla throughout the preseason. Has had an enormous opportunity to steal the starting job, and still might, but needs to get back to his old self.

34) Lawrence Sidbury Jr.
Proved why he was considered a steal in the fourth round, collaring two sacks in one game against the Rams. Will see much playing this year, and may even snatch a starting spot before its all over. Abe’s future replacement.

35) Jamaal Anderson
Trials and tribulations have been well-documented. Just doesn’t possess the killer instinct of all-star DEnds. May be used as a DT in future, thus cutting one of the above DTs. Won’t be cut outright due to enormous cap hit, but don’t totally rule out a potential trade to a 3-4 run defense team.

Linebackers (5)

36) Curtis Lofton
Biggest building block for defense. One of the best, young LBs in the league

37) Mike Peterson
Offseason acquisition that will taking Keith Brooking’s old spot. Seems to have enough gas left in the tank.

38) Stephen Nicholas
Starting strong-side LB that has shown flashes, but needs consistency and a breakout game.

39) Coy Wire
Special teams captain that took over Michael Boley’s position as a starter last year. Versatile LB that is great run stuffer and even better special teams player

40) Tony Gilbert
Had one of the best camps of any LB and cemented his spot by playing lights out in pretty much every game he’s been in. Interception return for a TD didn’t hurt.

Cornerbacks (6)

41) Chris Houston
Had the worst performance imaginable, but a little confidence boost can get him back up to par.

42) Brent Grimes
Determination and pure grit has led him to steal the starting CB spot…..again.

43) Chris Owens
Has had an excellent camp as a true rookie and may be starting sooner rather than later.

44) Chevis Jackson
Even though not likely in running for starting CB job, looks to have the nickel job sewn up.

45) William Middleton
Hasn’t stood out as a true rookie in camp, but appears to get a lot of work on special teams, may see action in quarter or dime situations, and great development project

46) Open CB spot
Per Dimitroff’s remarks after the Chargers D-secondary meltdown, this looks to be filled via free agency, other team cuts, or trade. Maybe Chris McAllister

Safeties (4)

47) Erik Coleman
Starting strong safety and leader of the secondary.

48) Thomas DeCoud
Starting free safety that looks to maximize his potential in his new position.

49) William Moore
Although seemingly injury-prone, its just a matter of time before this playmaker starts seeing the field. Possibly could lay LB in a pinch.

50) Eric Brock
The hardest selection of all. Basically can flip a coin between Brock, Jamaal Fudge, and Antoine Harris. Fudge has the run support, Harris is a special teams stud, but Brock has the most upside, is the youngest, and had a bit better camp on defense than the other two. Out of practice squad eligibility

Special Teams (3)

51) Jason Elam
Starting kicker and potential Hall of Famer.

52) Michael Koenen
So good a punter and kickoff specialist that the Falcons burned a franchise tag on him.

53) Mike Schneck
Long snapper that’s certainly an essential part of every team.

Practice Squad (8)
Aaron Kelly – WR; Great long-term project, potential replacement for Finneran
Thomas Brown – RB; Couldn’t kick the injury bug, may get picked up quick
Jose Valdez – G; Best of young guards that may even take Ojinnaka’s spot
Michael Butterworth – T; Had a good preseason, but too crowded at tackle. Could move to G.
Antoine Harris – S; May not be eligible for practice squad
Spencer Adkins – LB; Very raw, but high ceiling skill set
Glenn Sharpe – CB; Second year on practice squad. Adds DB depth.
Willie Evans – DE; Potential talent that can possibly be groomed for the future.

Tough, Hard Losses

DJ Shockley
As much as it pains to say, DJ’s time has run out in red and black. Perhaps suffering from the “Francouer Syndrome” in being a hometown hero that will forever be loved as a North Clayton High Standout and University of Georgia Champion, but looks like its time for DJ to get a shot with a different team. Could never find consistency that he needed. Was SEC Champion and MVP, more than you can say for #1 Overall Pick Stafford or John Parker Wilson.

Robert Ferguson
Had a great preseason in terms of special teams, but didn’t produce enough on the field at WR. Troy Bergeron gets the nod being younger, quicker, and more productive. Booker is a perfect stop-gap for Harry Douglas’ return.

Ben Hartsock
This may be a non-issue as he could easily make the team, but the trade for Gonzalez presses a need to get younger at TE. Zinger is a drafted product who is a younger version of Hartsock.

Von Hutchins
Very unfortunate with the Lisfranc injury and never really getting a chance to show his stuff, but the secondary is in too much dire straits to count on an injury-prone DB. Versatility at CB and S may put him on the roster.

Ben Wilkerson
After several years in a Falcons uniform, the additions of Romberg and Reynolds forces him out.

Robert James
Concussion hampered him before he could ever get started. Couldn’t show enough in preseason to warrant a spot. If the Falcons elect to carry a 6th LB, he’s in.

Thomas Brown
Practice roster candidate. Just could never kick the injury bug and find consistency. Kept waiting for the big breakout, but was never had. Likely snatched up quick by another team.

Chandler Williams
The superb play of Eric Weems and good play of Bergeron eliminated spots before Williams could claim one.

Your turn

Sorry it took a year to read, but this should be fun. Look over the roster and offer up your best 53 man squad, include practice squad if desired. Winner gets bragging rights (wish we had a prize, but unfortunately not). Good luck and have fun!!!

285 comments Add your comment

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
1:42 am

Ohhh, so this is how you get to be first…(stay up all night).

D3, I can go along with your roster except for a couple of spots. Eric Brock is a goner. I hear that Von Hutchins is being cross-trained for the safety/cornerback position. That will pretty much lock him for that last corner and safety spot (killing two birds with one stone).

Secondly, I have not made my 53-man determination yet but I’m almost certain Marty Booker will not make my roster. Robert Ferguson is younger and more versatile. I may even manage a way to include Aaron Kelly onto the roster. We’ll see. Good post.

Tom Stanley

August 31st, 2009
2:00 am

I was on Yahoo and found your blog. Read a few of your other posts. Good work. I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

Tom Stanley

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
2:45 am

QB (3)
Matt Ryan
Chris Redman
DJ Shockley (kept for versatile purposes; JPW fits the practice squad)

RB (4)
Michael Turner
Jerious Norwood
Jason Snelling
Ovie Mughelli

WR (6)
Michael Jenkins
Roddy White
Eric Weems
Brian Finneran
Troy Bergeron (D3 comments “future replacement for Finn”. Why not now?)
Robert Ferguson

TE (4)
Tony Gonzalez
Justin Peele
Ben Hartsock
Keith Zinger

OL (9)
Sam Baker
Tyson Clabo
Justin Blaylock
Harvey Dahl
Todd McClure
Quinn Ojinnaka
Brett Romberg
Will Svitek
Garrett Reynolds

DT (5)
Trey Lewis
Johnathan Babineaux
Peria Jerry
Thomas Johnson
Vance Walker

DE (5)
John Abraham
Chauncey Davis
Lawrence Sidbury
Kroy Biermann
Jamaal Anderson (was in the cut line; but we have no depth behind him)

LB (5)
Mike Peterson
Curtis Lofton
Stephen Nicholas
Tony Gilbert
Coy Wire

CB (5)
Christopher Owens
Brent Grimes
Chevis Jackson
Chris Houston
Chris McAlister

S (4)
Thomas DeCoud
William Moore
Erik Coleman
Von Hutchins

ST (3)
Jason Elam
Michael Koenen
Mike Schneck

Practice Squad
Aaron Kelly
Chandler Williams
Thomas Brown
J. Parker Wilson
William Middleton
Jose Valdez
Michael Butterworth
Spencer Adkins

If you don’t see your name, that means that you’ve been waived.

iDash

August 31st, 2009
4:23 am

QB (3)
Matt Ryan
Chris Redman
DJ Shockley

RB (5)
Michael Turner
Jerious Norwood
Jason Snelling
Thomas Brown
Ovie Mughelli

WR (5)
Michael Jenkins
Roddy White
Marty Booker
Brian Finneran
Robert Ferguson

TE (3)
Tony Gonzalez
Justin Peele
Ben Hartsock

OL (8)
Sam Baker
Tyson Clabo
Justin Blaylock
Harvey Dahl
Todd McClure
Brett Romberg
Will Svitek
Garrett Reynolds

DT (4)
Trey Lewis
Johnathan Babineaux
Peria Jerry
Thomas Johnson

DE (5)
John Abraham
Chauncey Davis
Lawrence Sidbury
Kroy Biermann
Jamaal Anderson

LB (6)
Mike Peterson
Curtis Lofton
Stephen Nicholas
Tony Gilbert
Coy Wire
Jamie Winborn

CB (5)
Christopher Owens
Brent Grimes
Chevis Jackson
Chris Houston
Von Hutchins-PUP/Pickup FA from cuts if (Inj)

S (4)
Thomas DeCoud
William Moore
Erik Coleman
The Toolbox Harris

ST (3)
Jason Elam
Michael Koenen
Mike Schneck

Practice Squad(8)
Aaron Kelly
J. Parker Wilson
Glenn Sharpe
Jose Valdez
William Middleton
Spencer Adkins
Vance Walker
Eric Weems

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
7:48 am

Good morning

Trade out Shockley Brown and Snelling for someone good for our D if there is anyone to be found.I would hate to see a couple of these go but if this would help the teams D go for it ? Also I ant sure how all this works so don’t think of me as being stupid.Its just a thought.And I’m learning about all this from you guys and gals.

KEEP..IT..COMEIN..!!

GO …BIRDS.

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
7:54 am

GOOD POST D3 .AS ALWAYS

Gota hit the road I will learn and read more later.

God ..Bless

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
8:11 am

D3: Great post, as usual! Will wait until later in the week to submit my roster, but I agree with yours basically, except for a couple of comments: MPeterson will make the roster, he has looked good against the run; but he has been slow in coverage and did not look good on those screen passes last week.
Bergeron is 30 pounds lighter than Finn; he will make the poster and is a good option in the slot. But to eventually replace Finn we need a bigger WR like Ferg or Kelly.
Stirg: you always have great, knowledgeable comments; but what more does Booker need to do to make your roster? I hate to see Ferguson go; all of the WRs looked good last week (except Chandler Williams, who almost cost a completion by lifting his knees at the sideline on his only catch). Wish there was a way to leep both Ferg. & Booker.
I think that the waiver wire will change the defensive roster significantly over the next couple of weeks. Someone mentioned on a previous post that we should spend a lot of high draft choices on defense next year. Well, that’s exactly what we did this year. TD will protect his draft choices and I think that Owens, Middleton, Moore and Jerry all have bright futures. We need veteran help off waivers to get us through this year. Why is McCallister still available? I’m not being critical of TD or suggesting that we sign him; just don’t know what CM’s situation is with every team needing CBs.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
8:13 am

Sorry; “keep both Ferg. & Booker”, before the spelling Gestapo get me!

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
8:22 am

GO BIRDS!! (forgot before!)
When is Norwood going to REALLY do something? We keep hearing about his speed and potential, and he has busted a few big plays, but he is a veteran RB now and should be producing more. He is too tentative and tip-toes instead of just bursting ahead. (like I could tell someone how to be a pro RB!). Compare him to Sproles for SD and other who, when given an opportunity, actually produce. I hate to see someone like Snelling or Brown, who are so good on ST, cut to keep Norwood; who seems to lack true RB vision and instincts.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
8:47 am

GO BIRDS!!
Also, next year’s draft will concentrate on LBs and OLs unless Jerry and the rookie DBs fail completely this year. We drafted a DT, a DE, a LB and 3 DBs this year; then signed 2 vet LBs (MP & JM) this year. We will probably pick up more off waivers. TD trusted his own instincts to replace the 5 starters he let leave from last year’s D. I personally think that letting Brooking leave may have been a mistake; but I agree with the other moves (the Ravens paid way too much for Foxworth). Re: Foxworth: he may turn into an All-Pro, but for the Raven to give him that guaranteed contract after less than a full season of starting experience surprised everyone, experts included.
Anyway, will TD’s instincts be any better next year as far as fixing the defense is concerned? Will the DBs get a lot better with coaching and experience? I believe that the main misjudgement was that the Dbackfield could be built around CHouston and Vhutchins return, which may prove wrong. MS & BVG were rotating safety help to the other side last week. They may not be able to do that during the regular season. Also, Moore’s injury history has come back to haunt him; that’s why he lasted until the second round.
That said, I hope that they get it all straightened out and everyone on the roster performs well and stays healthy. GO BIRDS!!

jason

August 31st, 2009
9:23 am

Good topic D3. I will drop mine later after I get some sleep. I am looking at our roster, and can’t help looking toward this coming offseason. Houston and JAnderson both will be gone unless there is drastic improvement this year. And I mean DRASTIC. They will have to turn into complete new players. They have BUST written all over them. Maybe they both should have spent that extra year in school. It happens to frequently that kids will chase millions on talent alone, and no skill or knowledge to aid them.

I have to say right now if I was choosing between Booker and Ferguson… I am taking Booker. He showed his value in the second half working with Redman.

ED, I thought that catch was spetacular by CWilliams. That was a bad ball thrown by Redman.

I am getting worried about the DBs. I say if we are going to get buned week in and week out, let’s do it with the kids, Owens, Jackson, and Middleton. I know “Mighty Mouse” Grimes is a fan favorite. He goes all out to make the plays, but in reality, he does not have the physical stats to be a starting CB in the NFL. He is too damn small. Owens and Jackson will be the 2 physical CBs that we are all calling for.

I also agree that Bierrman needs to be starting somewhere. He showed the best overall motor and the desire to make plays. I am not satisfied with either JAnderson or CDavis as starting DE. Davis will work best as a reserve, as he has been for his career up to this point. Sid or Bierrman will be starting oppisite Abe before this season is over. Jerry will not start a game at DT this year, but he will get more than his fair share of snaps in a rotation amongst Babs, TLewis, Walker, and Johnson.

Blindog

August 31st, 2009
9:24 am

Heres hoping Troy Bergeron makes the team…Fastest white man on the planet!! GO FALCONS!!!

SWAT Native

August 31st, 2009
10:35 am

I actually think that the Falcons will keep both Shockley and JPW, with Shock being the 3rd QB and JPW going on the practice squad.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 31st, 2009
11:19 am

Great Mon(dane) Morning Fellow Cagers! I guess I should have cut this post in half, because its definitely slow-going in here today.

Stirg & iDash – Got your rosters saved. They look like a winner.

Birdman – Can’t let Snelling go, in my opinion. I was a doubter of his too, but he finally won me over with his tough running and quickness this preseason. We definitely help on DEF.

Ed-Covington – Yeah, you’re right about Bergeron replacing BFinn. I was hoping that Kelly would steal a spot the way Parker Wilson did, but he has not separated himself at all. Norwood has certainly not done himself any favors this preseason if he wants to exploit the big FA market and prove he’s an every down back.

jason – I agree on your point of JA#98, but as far as Houston being the B–T word, I will have to depart somewhat. He had a pretty good year last year and seemed to be ready for the next step, but that was a terrible performance saturday night. Maybe he can get a confidence boost and get right back out there. Biermann should get a chance to start, period.

Blindog – I think a lot of people are really pulling for Bergeron to make the squad. He’s had a very good preseason and can be a part of our future plans. If we keep 6 WR’s it will be hard to imagine us keeping Booker AND Ferguson over Bergeron.

SWAT Native – Normally I would agree with you, especially since DJ’s one of my favorite all-time Bulldogs, but on the field, JPW proved he could lead the team down the field pretty much at will in his rookie appearance. For whatever reason, DJ just can’t find consistency. JMHO.

Enjoy the day Cage Gents and Gals………….

boxcarar

August 31st, 2009
11:38 am

Great post D3. I’ll send my roster after work.

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
12:03 pm

D3,

You’ve out done yourself on this one. This is a great test to see if I’ve actually learned anything these past couple of months.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
12:39 pm

On an up note, I was really impressed by All of the WRs last week. Don’t remember a drop and they caught everything thrown their way. I recall our fears from 3 weeks ago when HD went down; and though no one can replace his versatility, I feel a lot better about our WRs than I did then. Especially since I thought then was that our hope lay in Kelly breaking out, which he never really did.
Now if TD can find a few defenders the caliber of Booker & Ferguson; or if some of the young guys step up like Bergeron & Weems; we may be OK.
JASON: IMHO Redman threw outside & low away from the defense; but Williams raised his knees just before going OB possibly costing a completion. JMHO.
GO BIRDS!!

Joey Harrington

August 31st, 2009
2:05 pm

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7. Mark Sanchez, Jets
8. Tom Brady, Patriots
9. Adrian Peterson, Vikings
10. Eli Manning, Giants
11. Terrell Owens, Bills
12. Peyton Manning, Colts
13. Hines Ward, Steelers
14. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers
15. Jason Witten, Cowboys
16. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
17. Joe Flacco, Ravens
18. Matt Ryan, Falcons
19. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
20. Michael Crabtree, 49ers

Hmmmmm………Vick is ahead of:

Mannings
Brady
Romo
Roethlinberger….

Matty Ice way down at #18 – that sucks :)

nhe

August 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

The tough decisions:

1. Troy Bergeron – I’d love to keep him over Ferguson, because he fills a big need in the slot, but Ferguson will get the roster spot because of his special teams ability. Marty Booker is just too sure handed and professional to let go. If Booker wasn’t here, Bergeron makes it.

2. Jamaal Anderson – his experience at end and tackle keeps him on the roster – it will enable them to go with 9 DL and put Walker on the practice squad. I think we all agree that JA98 is number 9 on the DL depth chart.

3. Thomas Brown – the Falcons will take 5 not 4 RB/FBs, and its between Brown and Veron Haynes for the last spot – I prefer Haynes, but the Falcons are likely to go with youth and depth at PR/KR. Personally, I’d take Haynes over Ovie at FB, but that’s just me.

4. DJ Shockley – the Falcons have a history of keeping a practice squad QB, and will continue that trend……….I’m not as enamored with Eric Brock as some. So I think Wilson gets that practice squad spot and Shockley stays at number 3 one more year – UNLESS – he asks for and is granted the opportunity to explore number 2 possibilities with another team.

Surprises – The Falcons had 8 draft picks – I think two are released – Atkins and Middleton. This frees up plenty of room for waiver wire acquisitions. Its ok to admit you miss on a few 2nd day picks.

Let's Go Falcons

August 31st, 2009
2:45 pm

Quarterbacks (3)

1) Matt Ryan
2) Chris Redman
3) Kevin O’Connell – This may be wishful thinking on my part, but the Pats let him go, and I wanted to draft him as a developmental QB last year. More prototypical body type and arm than anyone we have at # 3 right now.

Running Backs (4)

4) Michael Turner
5) Jerious Norwood
6) Jason Snelling
7) Ovie Mughelli

Wide Receivers (6)

8.) Roddy White
9) Michael Jenkins
10) Brian Finneran
11) Marty Booker
12) Robert Ferguson
13) Eric Weems

Offensive Line (9)

14) Sam Baker
15) Justin Blaylock
16) Todd McClure
17) Harvey Dahl
18) Tyson Clabo
19) Brett Romberg
20) Will Svitek
21) Garrett Reynolds
22) Jose Valdez

Tight Ends (3)

23) Tony Gonzalez
24) Ben Hartsock
25) Justin Peele

Defensive Tackles (5)

26) Jonathan Babineaux
27) Trey Lewis
28) Peria Jerry
29) Thomas Johnson
30) Vance Walker

Defensive Ends (5)

31) John Abraham
32) Jamaal Anderson
33) Chauncey Davis
34) Lawrence Sidbury Jr.
35) Kroy Biermann

Linebackers (5)

36) Curtis Lofton
37) Mike Peterson
38) Stephen Nicholas
39) Coy Wire – Adequate backup at SLB and ST’s demon
40) Jamie Winborn – I let Gilbert go, because if Lofton is injured I believe Peterson would shift inside to MLB. Winborn provides more in the way of actually contribution on ST, and provides a good backup to WLB if Peterson shifts to MLB.

Cornerbacks (6)

41) Chris Houston
42) Chris Owens
43) Chevis Jackson
44) Brent Grimes
45) William Middleton
46) CB Free agent pick-up / or trade

Safeties (4)

47) Erik Coleman
48) Thomas DeCoud
49) William Moore
50) Antoine Harris

Special Teams (3)

51) Jason Elam
52) Michael Koenen
53) Mike Schneck

Practice Squad (8)

John Parker Wilson – QB;
Aaron Kelly – WR;
Thomas Brown – RB;
Michael Butterworth – T;
Eric Brock – S; – I believe Brock is eligible for one more year on our PS.
Spencer Adkins – LB;
Glenn Sharpe – CB;
Willie Evans – DE;

markymark

August 31st, 2009
3:00 pm

D3,
Great Job. Shockley should take the chance for another team before he is released. Hometown hero or not, this is the big league. How many chances should we give him? nhe, DJ will never be a #2, sorry.

Trainwreck

August 31st, 2009
4:07 pm

Not even gonna try the roster thing… esp not the practice squad part. I do think Von Hutchins will make the team, not that I necessarily agree/disagree. I just hope that TD is working hard on finding us some Defensive help… hate to say I called it from that Chargers game but dam n… then again I’m sure I was only one of many who knew the D was in trouble before the game

BigMike

August 31st, 2009
4:17 pm

First Let’s address this: Mike Vick Jersey will be smokin hot come Dec 4th, (yes I know the game is on the 6th for all you blog correctors, and yes the stadium will sell them, which reaffirms my thoughts that the (man) regardless of what they say behind close doors will make money off you brotha’sif given the chance ! Second: D.J. Shocley, know one loves and supports you the way I do, but beleive me when I say SAN FRAN, BUFFALO,CAROLINA, AND N.E. have a spot as a #2 QB. Get out of the ATL an fly. Boy you got skillz!! Last but not least, Like Chipper, Brett Favre, and Dan Heatley, Brian Finneran has worn his welcome out. Please get the HELL out of town. If you make it here, Send Harry(Douglas) a portion of your check.. Bonus Track: MarkyMark we must be related for you to think like that. Damn it feels good to know someone has since on this blog!!!!

BigMike

August 31st, 2009
4:22 pm

Bye the way, Is it just me or can someone else please admit that the J. Anderson thing is another ANDRE BRUCE. T.D. cut your losses and pick up one on the waiver wire, or trade for a vet, and next year draft one. It’s a good year for DE’s in 2010 draft !!!!

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
4:43 pm

Thanks D3 I agree with you about Snelling .But I’m thinking tradeing power .I think maybe not him tho becouse he can give Turner the help he needs to get releaf also he is better than Norwood on carries.Norwood hmmm ? Good tradeing power there for someone good on the D .But whats out there ? It probably needs to stay the way it is .I just think I want to see to much to early.Something gota break tho are some of these good O’s we will face is gona have a field day with our D .I mean
look what the chargers were doing.I guess I just need to be more patient.

The other day I said I liked the way Snelling and Brown looked the second half .I ment to say Booker not Brown .Redman to me played like I have never seen him play before.Shocks days are numberd.

KEEP IT COMEIN ….GO FALCONS

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
4:48 pm

B Finn has proved he has a stake here.Now and in the past.

KEEP IT COMEIN

jason

August 31st, 2009
5:18 pm

D3, you said it earlier about a CB and his confidence. It is apparrent that Houston does not have any left. All the talent in the world ain’t gonna help you when you are so far away from the play. I mean it wasn’t as if it was one pass in that game. It was like every time a pass went his way. He keeps watching the QB’s eyes and losing sight of the WR and where the WR is running. It is the same mistakes over and over again. No sweat on me if he goes. He was a Prictrino pick anyway, same as JAnderson.

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
5:19 pm

Maybe Shockley will work out as a trade but I’m with you markym he is not a # 2 here .I wish him all the luck.Loved him as a Dog tho.
AB is laughing all the way to the bank on the revenue he will make on Vick here Dec 6.And he ant even a falcon.

GT GRAD

August 31st, 2009
5:56 pm

I hope TD can find one starting caliber CB and I wish he could sign two starting caliber CB’s. We do not have a starting caliber CB on our roster. Chris Owens looks like he could develop into a solid starting CB and I like what I have seen so far from Chevis Jackson, but neither of these players are ready to start just yet.

Let’s all look on the bright side, we should have some high scoring exciting games to watch this year!!

Go Falcons!

slow roller

August 31st, 2009
6:37 pm

We need a return specialist! Small, quick change of direction guy. Who is the best candidate on the roster?

mudcat

August 31st, 2009
6:40 pm

Get used to seeing William Moore on the injured list. Tough schedule this year, but we win the NFC South. TD will find the secondary help we need.

falcon21

August 31st, 2009
7:06 pm

slow roller, maybe Grimes could return punts. He is to small to be a CB but I think Norwood is the best answer. Snelling needs to get more carries to take some of the work load off Turner. With Norwood returning punts maybe that would Snelling a few more touches.

falcon21

August 31st, 2009
7:07 pm

give Snelling!

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
7:10 pm

Would it be detrimental to mention the name Adam Jones?

falcon21

August 31st, 2009
7:18 pm

Stirg, if I was GM I would give him a shot but if he had a mental screw up he would be gone. Not on the field as much as off.

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
7:25 pm

I’m not a saint, myself, falcon21; so, I’m not about to judge his actions off the field. What I am aware of, however, is that he still has some mileage left on his engine. He’s from Atlanta (BoatRock, to be exact) and he’d make a wonderful compliment to an eventual Owens and/or Jackson. Lastly, for those that seem to think that AB is trying to distant himself from “thug-labeled” players, this will certainly dispel the notions. Then again, he does not have to prove s*#t to anyone…

falcon21

August 31st, 2009
7:45 pm

Stirg, he was given a baby sitter in Dallas to watch him. It is hard for a man to live that way. That is why I said I would give him a shot. I’m not judging him, I’m only saying his future would depend on his actions off the field. If you work for an organization you have to act the part.

DW

August 31st, 2009
7:52 pm

QB (3)
Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, DJ Shockley
RB (4)
Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Ovie Mughelli
WR (6)
Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Brian Finneran, Marty Booker, Eric Weems, Robert Ferguson
TE (4)
Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peele, Ben Hartsock, Keith Zinger
OL (9)
Todd McClure, Sam Baker, Justin Blaylock, Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Quinn Ojinnaka, Brett Romberg, Will Svitek, Garrett Reynolds
DT (5)
Peria Jerry, Trey Lewis, Johnathan Babineaux, Thomas Johnson, Vance Walker
DE (5)
John Abraham, Chauncey Davis, Jamaal Anderson, Lawrence Sidbury, Kroy Biermann
LB (5)
Curtis Lofton, Mike Peterson, Stephen Nicholas, Coy Wire, Tony Gilbert,
CB (5)
Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens, Chris Houston, Chevis Jackson, Chris McAlister
S (4)
Erik Coleman, William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, Eric Brock
ST (3)
Jason Elam, Michael Koenen, Mike Schneck

Practice Squad (8)
Aaron Kelly, J. Parker Wilson, Thomas Brown, Chandler Williams, William Middleton, Michael Butterworth, Spencer Adkins, Jose Valdez, Von Hutchins, Willie Evans, and Winborn may belong in this list. Also, TD may sign an unexpected FA or waiver wire player besides Chris McAlister.

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
7:53 pm

Stirg,

I hear what you’re saying but TD and AB will not go for that. He’s too much of a liability off the field.

Ravi

August 31st, 2009
8:08 pm

QB – Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson [3]

Shockley really hurt himself in the Rams game.

RB – Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Ovie Mughelli, Thomas Brown [5]

I’m putting Brown in because he did a great job blocking on Redman’s touchdown run.

WR – Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Marty Booker, Brian Finneran, Eric Weems, Robert Ferguson [6]

I don’t think Falcons will want to play a lot of receivers with little NFL experience. Ferguson is a special teams maven.

OL – Sam Baker, Justin Blaylock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl, Tyson Clabo, Brett Romberg, Will Svitek, Garrett Reynolds, Quinn Ojinnaka [9]

Versatility is the key here with the backups.

TE – Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peele, Ben Hartsock [3]

DT – Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Trey Lewis, Vance Walker [4]

Nice rotation with 2 NTs(Lewis and Walker) and 2 UT (Babineux, Jerry), though I think they’ll play Peria with Babineaux a lot, especially on passing downs.

DE – John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Chauncey Davis, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., Jamaal Anderson [5]

Anderson gets traded (for a CB?), but he’s on the roster until that happens.

LB – Curtis Lofton, Mike Peterson, Stephen Nicholas, Coy Wire, Tony Gilbert, Jame Winborn [6]

Winborn had 99 tackles last year and is only 30 years old. Sounds good enough for a backup LB spot.

CB – Chris Houston, Brent Grimes, Chris Owens, Chevis Jackson, William Middleton [5]

Grimes and Houston will probably be the starters, but Jackson and Owens will have every chance to start if either struggles.

S – Erik Coleman, Thomas DeCoud, William Moore, Antoine Wright [4]

Wright makes it based on special teams play.

Special Teams – Jason Elam, Michael Koenen, Mike Schneck [3]

boxcarar

August 31st, 2009
8:09 pm

Stirg,
If Ringling Bros. & Jerry Jones Circus dropped him, we have to ask why.

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
8:09 pm

I’m feeling that too, CBrass.

Wow! Who drafted A. Peterson?

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
8:13 pm

I’m watching MNF right now and Antoine Winfield (corner) just made a spectacular play, knocking the ball out and causing a dead fumble. The commentator gave a good compliment and implied that Winfield is an all-pro at 5′9″…

How tall is B. Grimes again?

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
8:16 pm

Stirg,

I know. AP is a freak and very easy on the eyes…LOL

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
8:17 pm

Stirg,

I think Grimes is listed as 5′9 but I may be only 5′8.

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
8:19 pm

I don’t know about all that now, CBrass; not attracted to men in tights.

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
8:21 pm

Stirg,

LB’s are the best…LOL

Stirg d'Nahsif

August 31st, 2009
8:25 pm

Yeah. My question was sarcasm for all those that believe that Grimes does not deserve a chance as starter because he’s short. Spud Webb was short; Jessie Tuggle was short; Doug Flutie was short; B. Grimes deserves a chance to start. And you know what? He played a whole lot better than Houston did. I say we start Grimes and Owens, Thursday against B’more. If the tandem can hold the numbers against the Ravens passing attack, we have our starters. If not, grab what we can off the waiver and rotate what we have left.

Birdman.

August 31st, 2009
8:28 pm

Good point….Stirg
But Grimes I think is gona be purnt a lot of times with tall receivers.

CBrass

August 31st, 2009
8:31 pm

Stirg,

I’m with you. Grimes deserves his chance. I mean we have Houston a chance so why shouldn’t Grimes have a shot?