Roster Competition Co-Champs and Final Roster Analysis

Final 53-Man Roster

Training Camp Officially Over (CCompton/AJC)

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s finally here: GAME WEEK! After suffering through a long, hot summer filled full of no football, game week is finally upon us. The Combine, Draft, Training Camps, OTA’s, Preseason games, & fantasy football are just fillers for the real thing which is oh so close now. All the work, sweat, blood, and tears have been building up to this week, where a new season finally dawns. Rosters have been shaved and few minor tweaks may be done, but teams across the country are in their final countdown to gameday.

Final Roster Analysis
They were no huge surprises when the final cuts came down to make it to the 53 man protected roster, but there were a few intriguing moves that left some fans a little curious:

Earned the 3rd QB Spot (CCompton/AJC)

Parker Wilson over Shockley
The battle has been well documented for some time now, and this may have been a shock to casual fans, but it was generally assumed by many who had followed Shockley for several years. When Parker Wilson was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent many assumed it was just taking a chance on a QB that had been successful at Alabama, or thought dumping Chris Redman’s salary might be in the future. But Parker Wilson showed what’s great about the training camp in the NFL: if you take advantage of a given opportunity, then may the best man win. Shockley was just never able to find consistency, but he surely will be picked up quickly and hopefully find success. Did Parker Wilson earn it or did DJ get a fair shot?

Booker over Bergeron, Ferguson, Kelly, and Williams

Marty Booker proved that age is not always a factor in claiming a job on an NFL roster. The injury to Harry Douglas certainly presented a huge opportunity for several receivers looking to work into a fairly high-powered offense. Booker made the most of the opportunity by showing some flashes from his old form making some nice catch and runs. Robert Ferguson showed some nice glimpses on special teams, but not too many as a receiver. Bergeron had a few good catches and looks to be on the Falcons practice squad and may do the same thing Eric Weems did this year. Aaron Kelly just never seemed to catch on and be able to put his massive skill set together. Chandler Williams had a couple nice plays, but not enough to get him noticed. Surprised that Bergeron didn’t make the roster? Shocked that Kelly didn’t get a practice squad spot? Good choice on taking Booker over the other wide receivers?

 

Verron Haynes over Thomas Brown
This was one of the more puzzling moves on the roster. Generally, fans assumed that if the Falcons carried 5 running backs that Brown would take the fifth spot with his speed and special teams ability. Verron Haynes had some nice catches out of the backfield in preseason games, but Thomas Brown did as well. Haynes was the third down back for the Steelers for quite some time and is a great blocker out of the backfield, but still a slightly interesting move. Brown may be a good candidate for the practice squad. Was this one a big shock? Rather have kept Brown over Haynes? More bad UGA news after pathetic showing yesterday in Stillwater?

Thomas Johnson over Vance Walker
Many thought that Walker would be kept due to his decent performance early on in camp and with the fear that he may get snatched up if put on the practice squad, but since there evidently was only one spot, taking Thomas Johnson was a no-brainer having one of the best training camps of any player on the roster. Johnson and Walker were almost identical in build and frame so trying to keep both of them obviously wasn’t a priority. Having Jamaal Anderson being able to move inside and play defensive tackle also likely played a role in the decision. Disappointed Walker didn’t make it on the active roster? Will Walker last on the practice squad? Upset Falcons didn’t try to keep Walker AND Johnson?

Spencer Adkins over Robert James and Jamie Winborn
One of the biggest surprises of the final roster was Spencer Adkins earning the sixth linebacker spot. Although the Falcons didn’t take a chance on several “project” players, Adkins evidently showed enough potential on special teams and a high skill set that warranted a spot. Jamie Winborn seemed to be the logical choice with his experience and high tackle total from last year. Robert James was never able to get any rhythm after suffering a concussion in last year’s training camp. Having 3 out of 5 LBs near or over the age of 30 may have also played a role in the final decision. Seriously surprised that the 6th round pick beat out the other two favorites? Interested the Birds didn’t keep veteran Winborn?

Practice Squad
Very interesting choices on the practice squad which includes DJ Shockley, Michael Butterworth, Troy Bergeron, Jose Valdez, Robert James, Vance Walker, Maurice Lucas, and Glenn Sharpe. Most names are pretty obvious picks, going with the younger players who can develop on the practice squad and get another shot at the roster next year, or be called up due to an injury. Kind of pleasantly surprising to see Shockley get picked back up on the practice squad. Assuming Shockley doesn’t get picked up by another team, could the Falcons be thinking about the future with Redman’s large contract expiring after this year? Curious who’s names were not on the practice squad: William Middleton and Aaron Kelly . The fifth round draft pick must have seriously under-whelmed during his opportunity in training camp, with the Falcons electing to go with Glenn Sharpe over Middleton. Aaron Kelly evidently didn’t have a very good camp either, not being able to put his serious skill set to use to warrant a spot on the practice squad. Happy that Shockley was retained on the practice squad? What happened to the fifth round pick Middleton? Upset that Kelly didn’t have a better camp?

And what you’ve all been waiting for…………….

1st Annual Bird Cage Roster Spot Competition Final Standings

Co-Champions: Seminole Warrior and tyler with 51 points!

Seminole Warrior – 50 correct roster picks and 2 correct practice squad picks
tyler – 50 correct roster spot picks and 2 correct practice squad picks

ElderFJC2, D3 – 50.5 points
Dean21, Unca’ Bob, Birdman, Jimbo – 50 points
JohnWaynesWorld – 49.5
JJ, Ed, Ravi, Kevin Kaeto – 49 points
iDash, CBrass – 48.5 points
Stirg, DW, WR, BlackTalon – 48 points
Let’s Go Falcons – 47 points

Biggest Shocks – The majority of roster misses came in the form of a couple of players: Vance Walker, Ben Hartsock, Robert Ferguson, and William Middleton.

Best Laser Strike – tyler was the only Cager to pick Verron Haynes onto the active roster.

Great fun by all in our first competition of the year in the Bird Cage. There will be many more competitions to come in the near future, including another one coming this week.

Next Topic Preview: Game Week, Falcons vs. Dolphins

140 comments Add your comment

Birdman

September 6th, 2009
11:02 pm

VERY VERY COOL D3 !
I liked the way Booker looked with Redman in the Charger pre game.I think there could be a lot of good things yet to come from him.

Now these players in the practice squad can also be traded or made deals with right.?

Shockley just plan and simple got beat out.I wish he would have made it with us tho .Now I guess his days are numberd in the red and black..?

Birdman

September 6th, 2009
11:21 pm

I Like seeing these topics D3 you gays no your game and I have really injoyed this site.I look forword to shareing this season with some other fans that are as fired up about the falcons,as I am .I really do see a major team building and these next few years and maybe more its gona be fun.

KEEP..IT..COMEIN ..D3 ..AND..CAGERS…!!

boxcarar

September 6th, 2009
11:23 pm

D3,
No shock TBrown didn’t make PS?

Ed

September 6th, 2009
11:24 pm

Great work as always D3. I agree w/ you about T Brown not being kept as the fifth RB. Most surprising of all the cuts (assuming they keep 5 RB’s).

The upcoming game w/ Miami concerns me now because of our lackluster defensive showing. My thinking though is that the Falcons will generate more heat on the QB through scheming and blitzing than what they’ve shown so far. Otherwise the secondary will be in for a long day.

Bullseye

September 6th, 2009
11:34 pm

I like Spencer Adkins upside. We have the best special teams in the NFL and he will be part of it . Falcons should collect more Hurricane and less Bulldog.

KC

September 6th, 2009
11:37 pm

I thought that Middleton was picked too high in draft. They could’ve picked one of the TE’s still available. I think Casey was still available then. Could’ve picked Middleton in supplemental draft. What say you?

Birdman

September 6th, 2009
11:42 pm

I think we are in for a good show .I hope we will do well also Ed .I m kinda concerned also untill that first show is over to see what our team is gona be like.I just got that fealin tho,and its the good one.
I will see all you guys and gals later .Have a great Labor day & God bless.

Dean21

September 7th, 2009
12:08 am

D3, I demand a re-count!!! JK, Congrats SW & Tyler!

D3,like you said, most of us knew DJ was falling behind and didn’t earn a spot on the reg roster…we also knew CRedman would be the 2nd string QB and hopefully we will never see the 2nd or 3rd string guy in a game unless we blew a team out….

The other cuts were expected with the exeception of VHaynes &
J Winborn, I believe youth was the call for the LB position and Haynes was kept in case of a pick up or 2…one being already made in CB Williams from Jacksonville. The P-squad was planned to develope certain players and DJ may have been given a token spot and hopefully he will be picked up by another team…

I agree, game week is exciting!! I will surely get to the terror dome early on Sunday…I’ll be in touch during the week so maybe we can finally hook up..

I must say, your posts are addictive and usually right on time…how about your last one going 7 pages strong…long way from where we started huh? This has been by far the best blog on AJC as for as Falcons talk!

Keep up the good work…Cagers Unite!

Dean21

September 7th, 2009
12:10 am

Careful Bullseye before you become a bullseye…there are a lot of dawg players that have and are currently in the NFL..but that’s another blog for that debate…

Joe's place Joe speaking

September 7th, 2009
1:48 am

D3 why do you think Troy bergeron didn’t make the 53 man roster?

Nfl Practice Squad Salary

September 7th, 2009
2:30 am

[...] day and will make a fraction of the salary – the practice-squad standard of $5200 a week. … Roster Competition Co-Champs and Final Roster AnalysisBergeron had a few good catches and looks to be on the Falcons practice squad and may do the same [...]

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
7:40 am

UB-Sorry to hear about your Mother.

Congrats, to our roster picker co-winners.

D3- Outstanding work with the new blog.
I was a mildly surprised Thomas Brown did not make the practice squad, guess his chronic injury situation was a factor.
It is true as, (L.T.F pointed out) even the most ardent Bulldog supporters that were pulling for Shockley to make the final 53 knew, he had not progressed enough to EARN an roster spot.
It`s nice to know that, the Falcons staff was seeing the same thing most of our fans were seeing in the play and development of our young Corner backs, with their confidence level being so high that, they signed to new corners within the last week.

The Miami Dolphins went 4/0 in the preseason and have been playing very well. They are coming in with sky high confidence, looking to get off to a good start in defending their NFCE Crown.
Their defence has played particularly well and they have a very good one tandem of running backs in Ronnie Brown and Ricky (weed) Williams.

For lovers of smash mouth football.
Dolphins at Falcons should be your delight.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
8:01 am

Tampa Bay signed William Middelton yesterday.
He is a good young man, smart and a nice guy.
Wish him good luck.
Except when he is up against the Falcons.

frank milner

September 7th, 2009
8:59 am

Thanks for this very good site.I have been trying to follow john parker Wilson since he left Bama.Any news about him would be great.THANKS FM.

long time falcon

September 7th, 2009
9:02 am

Ken, this is in response to you’re last post on the other blog. I’m floored that you would now try to “spin” that the new corners being brought in have nothing to do with the play of Houston. Truly astounding my friend. And for the record I wasn’t singling out Houston as the sole reason for the acquisitions but you better believe he is a big reason for them. Ken, for christ sake did you not watch the SAN DIEGO game? And please stop it with the hamstring injury excuse because I know damn well Smitty is not going to put a guy projected to be a starter, at risk, if he was still hurting. No way Smitty put him back out there if he wasn’t ready. I’m not buying that hamstring crap as an excuse. sorry.

As far as JA98 the coaches really don’t have any choice but to keep giving him chances at this point. I don’t think its because they love what he does on the field. Have you watched Biermann play this preseason? The coaches have about 9 million reasons for hanging on to JA98. That would be the salary cap hit we would take for getting rid of him. And since he is untradeable we have no choice but to hang onto him for now. But he is on his way out I can promise you that much.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:03 am

Good Morning Cage Fam,

With heavy hearts and tons of love, I lowered the flags in front of the TeePee to half staff in honor my brother and fellow veteran’s mother. UnCa Bob, at this time, the phrase Semper Fi is not about the Corps but rather a reflection of a life well lived by your mother.

“In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful graces of God.” —- Aeschylus

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:15 am

First, Tye Hill and now, Mike Williams. Two veterans that will add depth, stability, and leadership to a young group of CBs. I think these are great moves. It also shows the strong working relationship that TD and Smitty have. Two smooth moves if they hold up.

long time falcon

September 7th, 2009
9:17 am

Dean21, If shockley is picked up by another team he would have to be signed to the 53 man roster. If one team signs a player from another teams practice squad they have to be added to the active roster. Thats the rule. So I really doubt another team would sign shockley at this point because he would have to learn a whole new offense. Shock can now hopefully continue his development and compete for a roster spot next year. Redman will surely be gone next season.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:18 am

At 5′11 and 200 pounds, that is a nice physical corner. Once Hill is up to speed, what was a potential weakness is now capable of turning into a strength rather quickly.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
9:25 am

Good Morning S.W.
Just me but I think, Williams was not signed for depth.
IMO, he will be a starting CB before our return from bye week.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:25 am

The move with Shockley is a good one. One more year on the squad and he can continue to work under Coach Mad Mike as well, most importantly, QB coach Bill Musgrave. Next season, he will return to the Falcons active roster as Redman will be released provided JPW and Shock continue to evolve under the tutelage of Coach Musgrave.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
9:31 am

BTW, I thought it was Brian not Mike Williams?
Mike Williams was a Jags reciever, not sure if he`s still with them?
Hill, IMO is somewhat of a bigger risk due his lack of developed potiental and injury history.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:32 am

BT…no argument from me. I think he and Hill both will be starting sooner rather than later.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:49 am

Hill had shown flashes of being a good one prior to his injuries. If he can recover from them, he will provide stability and depth while we continue the process.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
9:50 am

Signing Shockley to the practice squad was just about a given.
Every scout team needs a QB.
If for no other reason than to throw to the WR(s) kept on it.
Like D3 pointed out, one injury to a WR and Bergeron is on the 53 man roster.
He needs to stay ready and sharp IMO he was real close to making the cut, I actually this Troy is a better WR than Weems but Weems ST ability made him stick.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:51 am

Bt, thanks for the catch. I should have been saying Brian Williams.

Birdman

September 7th, 2009
9:52 am

Good mornng cagers

SW .Tonight those noles kick off .Looks like a tough start for them.I hope them all the luck to pull out one on the win side.Do they play in Tallahasse ? Maybe I spelled that close to being right..

I with you my man .My heart goes out to our Unca B.Its a sad thing to lose a parent .I have been a lot of years now without mine.I know how deep that cut is.I honstly do pray God will comfort your hearts .

So Middleton went to Tampa I also wish him well.But I don’t think Tampa is going to be a thret to us this year.The Dolphins looked good in pre and I’m sure there head stong.When they get here this week I just don’t think they will leave with there heads held high.It will be a good game but the Falcons need and should win there home opener.

D3 thats what I.m talkin about your next topic,Game preview ,Its been a year in wateing to hear those words .You the Man.

GO ..BIRDS !!!

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
9:56 am

B-man, yes, we are at home tonight in Tally against the ‘Canes. I’ll be on the roll here in about three hours or so; stopping through the Rose City to check in on fam for a few before the game.

I like Middleton and wish him the best. I think in time he will become a good one.

jason

September 7th, 2009
10:05 am

D3, sorry I haven’t been around. Getting over the hangover that was this weekend. My makers and Dawgs both lost. I am sitting 0-2 (CHS), 0-1 (UGA), and 0-0 (ATL). I need a win of some sort this weekend for my own sanity. Tough game SAT. Good game, but we (UGA) need to find a QB. My Makers just need to grow up. We are young there.

As for the Falcons. I was not surprised to Booker make the cut. He was outstanding in the SD game. That is what probably earned him the roster spot. I was most surprised at Walker being cut, but I don’t recall hearing his name much in the preseason. Also with JAnderson’s ability to play DT and Johnson playing well…. you can see where I am going. I felt like Middleton was going to the practice squad, I was just holding out hope all TD’s picks would make the team.

We all knew the end was coming for DJ and Brown. DJ just hasn’t had enough snaps under center since High School. He is too raw, and tried to hard. Trying to force things to happen instead of letting them develope. As for Brown, what can you say? I think this was all a health issue. Staying injured cost Brown playing and practice time to improve and develope.

The player I am most concerned about getting cut and signed to the practice squad is Bergeron. I really like him, but I think someone will grab him before the season is over.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
10:24 am

Jason, my friend, your hangover is about to get worse. The ‘Dawgs are coming to Thomas Stadium on Friday. And we lost in a horrid display on Friday night; it will be a tough fight but the Pilcher is coming back to Thomasville with us on Friday night. On a bright note though, region play has not yet started so there is still hope.

You made a very good point about Shock. He has been in and out, on the bench for a long time now. If he can continue to get the work in, he will give the Falcons a low cost option at the #3 QWB position next year if they truly think that JPW is for real.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
10:29 am

Jason, it can be interpreted as a overall good sign if, some of your draft picks don`t make the team and your not signing other team cuts but your cuts are being picked up by others.
That means your roster is fairly solid and some 2nd day selections chances of earning a slot is iffy.
I am not too worried about some other team grabbing Bergeron.
He would have to learn their system on the fly and it`s doubtful he would be of much use in that situation.
About any team that had a sudden need for a WR would more likely pull one off their own PS, who is more familiar with their verbage and system.

jason

September 7th, 2009
10:38 am

SW, Looks like we will be 0-3. THS was impressive against TCCHS. Dude you just played one of the most physical defenses in the state in Colquit. Not to mention 3 classifications above you. THS may be onto something magical this year. Enjoy the ride. Just remember Pilcher is all about the veer. THS beat it once already this year.

BT, not down… just a little surprised that’s all. I like alot of us are concerned with 10 the pass rush or lack of, and 2) the overall play of our DBs. The offense is still looking good to me.

Here’s a thouhgt. I am no Coach Smitty, but what if we started Bierrman oppisite of Abe and platoon him with Sid? That would be 2 nonstoppable motors chasing down QBs. You could always run Davis and JAnderson in on obvious run downs. Just a thought. Still looking for a pass rush.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
10:49 am

Jason, I love the idea of the DE rotation. I see no reason why Koy B. should not be given a start on Sunday. He has performed as well as anyone else on the roster not named Abraham. I think he has just the type of motor we need at the rush position opposite Abe.

JJ

September 7th, 2009
11:11 am

SW, Have fun down in the land of milk and honey, hope they pull it off and watch out for all those speed traps down there!

jason

September 7th, 2009
11:12 am

SW, I keep thinking that he (Biermann) will be our Breakout defensive player this year.

JJ

September 7th, 2009
11:13 am

D3, nice article my man, I second birdman, looking forward to breaking down and analysing the fish or is it mammal? The guys on mike and mike are not high on them this yr.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
11:18 am

Jason-
I am not as worried about the pass rush as some fans might be.
We all know what Abe can do, when it counts.
I had thought that Davis would best Anderson in camp and the preseason.
That did not happen, both looked mediocre at best.
However, Bierman looked fierce against the run and the pass and L.Sid has shown lots of promise with his speed off the edge.
With that, the interior D-line rotation of Babs, Lewis, Jerry and Johnson look to be stout with a nice blend of disruptness and gap control, that unit has quietly progress very well during the preseason.
So far, we have seen nothing but vanilla blitz packages and straight up base set D.
If, I have any concerns about the front seven rotation aganist the run or the pass it is Steven Nicholas.
Many had projected him to have a breakout season, I have seen no signs of it (so far) but I do have confidence in Coy Wire if he can`t get it going?

The secondary is a diffrent issue.
Everybody that is not named Erik Coleman needs to pick up their game in a hurry or they are subject to being replaced.
As S.W. said, Sooner rather than later.

jason

September 7th, 2009
11:23 am

BT, you basicly said the same thing I did in talking about Biermann and Sid. One of the 2 needs to start oppisite Abe, Biermann has earned it with his play in the preseason. I know we played vanilla defense, but plays were still given up. And that is not all due to the pass defense. The pass defense is a concern, especially the DBs, but it all starts with a good pass rush.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
11:45 am

BT/Jason, Biermann will be starting before the end of the season, trust me. His ability to close and make the play behind the line of scrimmage is outstanding. Sid will be situational, maybe a start or two if Abe is injured at some time. But the two give us a solid pairing looking to the future.

As far as the Dolphins are concerned, I personally never count out any team that Bill Parcells has a hand in. They will be ready to rock on Sunday. Chad Pennington is the master of the intermediate passing game so our secondary will get a very effective workout. Fasano is not TG by any means but he is effective and will be a challenge for Nicholas or the nickel DB, Jackson I presume.

long time falcon

September 7th, 2009
11:52 am

Guys I love what Biermann has done as well but the problem with starting him opposite ABE is he has worked exclusively at RDE which is ABE’s side. Believe it or not the transition from one side to the other can be quite awkward for a DE and can require an adjustment period. I posted in the last blog that I was hoping Smitty would move him to LDE in the Baltimore game to see how he responded. I don’t believe that ever happened.I think the coaches plan to use Biermann behind ABE. However, I do believe that ABE will get a lot more plays off to stay fresh and Biermann will play the role of super sub. I think Biermann will see a lot of action on first and second downs.

BT, I’m hoping the reason we haven’t heard anything from Nichols in the preseason is we are saving some suprise blitz packages built around him coming after the QB. One of the biggest reasons coaches were so high on him in the first place was his speed and ability to get after the QB from the linebacking spot. Maybe they unleash him once the regular season starts. I hope thats it! If not just put coy wire back at that spot.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
11:56 am

LTF, I’m with you on the Nicholas situation. His speed was what made him as standout at USF. I think Abe can shift over to the LDE at times as well. Either side he is on is sure to draw extra attention, so that will free up Biermann to make an impact. But do not be fooled…Koy will be on that field much more often this season…and he will make plays.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
11:58 am

Jamaal Fudge has been released this morning….

jason

September 7th, 2009
12:05 pm

LTF, I had an interesting point to add to your post. I step away for a sec, and SW steals my thunder.Abe has rotated from one side to the other before. If that is the case then Biermann will be a starter but not a starter. See what I mean. As the game flows, Abe will pop up on the left side with Biermann on the right. With Abe on the right, plug Sid on the left. I say use Davis and JAnderson only in obvious run downs. I don’t trust either at this point. Davis signed the extention, and I haven’t seen him live up to it yet. Been the same as always. The problem here is we don’t need status quo from Davis. He is making starter’s pay, we need starters production.

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
12:05 pm

S.W.- Truth be told, I was somewhat suprised Fudge was not cut on Saturday, I know he can lay some woood but he was lost in coverage.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

BT, I can feel you on that. He and Brock were on in the same if you asked me.

Stirg d'Nahsif

September 7th, 2009
12:12 pm

Happy Holiday!

Congratuations, SeminoleWarrior and tyler! SW, enjoy while it last. Its going to be a sad day when we meet head to head in week 1.

People, calm down; calm down. I’m not one of those that believe in “its only preseason” but I do recognize that our defense was under evaluation. For instance, you must believe that Smitty and company would/will not put our small corners on an island, to be beaten, man-to-man. They didn’t do it last year and they’re not going to do it this season. Those burnt plays that we witnessed of Houston, Grimes and Owens were deliberate. Allowing them to play man-to-man is not only an evaluation of our cornerbacks but it allows us to evaluate the front seven, as well. In addition, why feed a player your playbook when its possible that he won’t be with the team; even worse, he’s piked up by a division foe (i.e., William Middleton).

So, don’t be overly concerned about the lack of play that was displayed by our defense. It was simply an evaluation. Obviously, the evaluation paid off. I would rather determine our weakness during a preseason game, than to try and make adjustments during our bye week.

If Chris Houston is “that bad”, neither TD nor Coach Smitty would have hesitated to make a change. We mave even, still, see Houston start, with the signing of Hill and Williams. Note, Williams is listed as a DB (not CB). After an often injured William Moore, we have no quality depth at safety. Williams can play both positions but I’m almost certain he was signed to add depth to our safety position. I, for one, is very satisfied with where our defense is “headed”. Could they do better? Yes. Would I like to see other (or better) players at cornerback in Atlanta? Yes; there are 30-something DBs ranked higher than Williams. The point is, we’re going to always want the best; we’re going to always want better than what we have. Let’s just coach up what we have and support that.

Do you remember when we had the greatest NFL athlete of all times, playing the cornerback position (Hall of Famer, Prime Time Neon Deion Sanders)? We had a corner playing opposite him, (Tim McKyer, I believe), and we absolutely hated him. He would get burned, even when we’d clear Deion’s side and put the help on the opposite side. McKyer went on to be a pretty good corner, though. It was a system that he had to adapt to. Same thing with our current DB’s. What we witnessed in preseason, will not be the same thing in regular season. Stay tuned, they’ll show up. May not be pro-bowlers but they’ll get that interception, when needed.

Unca’ Bob, You have my sympathy. Keep Up!

panic fan

September 7th, 2009
12:14 pm

think shock was kept for running scout team for starters to practice against mobile qb
he has big arm and is mobile sound like anyone we will play against? we will be fine in secodary once our new added def players learn system and get on the field.
we may start slow this yr but feel we will be there come playoff time

BlackTalon

September 7th, 2009
12:15 pm

Guys, good point about Abe`s ability to rush from both sides, they like to match him up against the slowest tackle creating an instant mismatch and an automatic double team.
IMO, if we don`t get Bierman in the lineup, as often as possible, at this point.
They are doing nothing hurting the team.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

September 7th, 2009
12:21 pm

Great Labor Day Fellow Cagers! Hope you all are enjoying the day and a wonderful way to kick off GAME WEEK!!!! Tons of match-up analysis coming throughout the week, pitting two of the best turn-arounds in the NFL last year. This one will be a fight to the finish and could be a big omen for the rest of the season.

Birdman – Thanks for the props my man. Booker is certainly a good 4th or 5th WR option. He made a lot of nice catch and runs and I believe his WR ability put him over Ferguson. If Shockley is not picked up by another team, than look for another battle for the 2nd or 3rd QB position next year.

boxcarar – Very surprised that TBrown was not kept on the practice squad, especially since this may be Norwood’s last year in red and black. Kind of locks down the notion that we may draft a RB if Norwood does leave.

Ed – Thanks a ton. Very interesting we didn’t keep TBrown on practice squad. I think we’re all very concerned with our defensive performance. Out of all 4 games, our defense only really had one decent game. That warranted the Tye Hill trade and the Brian Williams pickup, which hopefully turns out to be some great moves.

Bullseye – I’m also glad they elected to go younger and take a chance on at least one project. Peterson, Wire, and Gilbert were all at or over the age of 30. Even though being a UGA grad and fanatic, I would have to agree with you after that pathetic showing against Oklahoma St.

KC – Great point about Middleton. Looks like TD took a pretty big whiff on that one. Which is OK since it was a fifth rounder. Jerry looks like a good pick, jury’s still out on Moore with him being injuried, Owens looks solid, Sidbury was a steal, Garret Reynolds made the team, Adkins made the team, and Walker made the practice squad, so 7 out of 8 isn’t bad. James Casey and Cornelius Ingram were both available. Oh well.

SeminoleWarrior

September 7th, 2009
12:22 pm

Well Cage Fam, I’m out. Time to put get ready for the Garnet and Gold experience in Tallahassee. You guys hold it down and I will see you all on the other side Tuesday.

Laters!!