Falcons Mini-Camp Wrap

Deepest Falcons Roster to Date?

Deepest Roster to Date? (C.Compton/AJC)

 From all reports and observations, the Atlanta Falcons had a very successful Mini-Camp that set the tone for the upcoming 2010 NFL Season. Although its really impossible to glean too much from shorts and jerseys, the Falcons coaching staff and top brass did get a look at what appears to be the deepest Falcons roster in a long time. There are always position battles and roster competitions, but the sheer magnitude of battles at multiple positions looks very impressive. Besides the obvious starters (Ryan, Turner, Abraham, White, etc.) many players will be looking over their shoulder as the final cut down day looms in late August. If competition does in fact breed excellence, than it looks like the Falcons will benefit heavily for the upcoming 2010 campaign.

Some Great Links on Reports from Mini-Camp

AJC Falcons Staff Writer D. Orlando Ledbetter gives his Mini-Camp Day One Report

DOL gives his Mini-Camp Day Two Report Part 1

Mini-Camp Day Two Part 2

DOL give his Mini-Camp Day Three Report

DOL gives his Mini-Camp Wrap-Up

Jason Butt of CBS Rapid Reports Gives his Mini-Camp Day One Report

CBS Rapid Reports Day Two Report

CBS Rapid Reports Day Three Report

The Falcoholic Gives Their Report #1

The Falcoholic Report #2

The Falcoholic Report #3

The Falcoholic Report #4

Daniel Cox at the Atlanta Falcons Examiner Gives His Views on Training Camp

Daniel Cox Report #2

Daniel Cox Report #3

Daniel Cox Report #4

Daniel Cox Report #5

Daniel Cox Mini-Camp Wrap-Up

Special Thanks to D.Orlando Ledbetter, Jason Butt, Adam Schultz, Dave Choate, Jason Kirk, and Daniel Cox for all the great reporting from Falcons Mini-Camp. All of us rabid and hungry Falcon fans surely appreciate it!

After reading the excellent reports from all three days of the Falcons Mini-Camp, a few observations as the dark clouds of No-Falcons-Football approach…..

1) Battles, Battles, and More Battles

Every year there are battles for many positions, particularly the few sacred spots towards the end of the roster where players may not be starting, but will be counted on heavily to perform well in relief or especially on special teams. Due to the excellent drafting of Thomas Dimitroff and multiple signings, this year looks to be the best competition the Falcons have had in a long, long time. There are a few obvious players that are safe, as mentioned above, but there are many that are now in question with all the talent. For instance, Keith Zinger AND Justin Peele might both be in question with the plethora of talent at Tight End. Eric Weems and Brian Finneran surely will have to fight for their spots. Coy Wire, Spencer Adkins, and Robert James will have to turn it up a notch. Even though playing well last year, Thomas Johnson and Vance Walker both will have tobe extremely focused to insure they stay on the roster. Maybe even starter Justin Blalock will have to worry. The point is that the battles will be more than relegated to a few spots on the end of the roster.

2) The Secondary Will Be a Major Fight

Dunta Robinson, Chris Owens, Brent Grimes, Thomas DeCoud, and probably Erik Coleman are all pretty much safe, but beyond that its going to be a fight to the finish. The Falcons carried 6 cornerbacks (Owens, Grimes, Williams, Houston, Hill, Jackson) and 4 safeties (DeCoud, Coleman, Moore, Harris) on last years 53-man protected roster. The competition will be fierce for the last couple of cornerback and safety spots. Chevis Jackson had a really good mini-camp and he needed it after the Falcons drafted Dominique Franks for the future. If cornerback is tough, than safety is off the charts. The Falcons return Thomas DeCoud and Erik Coleman for certain, but the battle for the 4th (and maybe 5th) safety spot will be one the best of the year. The Falcons signed veteran safety Matt Giordano via free agency, as well as inking Shann Schillinger in the draft. Dimitroff wasn’t done yet when he signed Rafael Bush and Gabe Derricks as undrafted free agents. TD has injected a ton of youth and athleticism throughout the roster, but particularly in the secondary. William Moore better get on the field soon or he may find himself on the outs.

3) So Many Receivers, So Few Spots

Meier Looked Good (C.Compton/AJC)

As has been discussed at length in The Bird Cage, the Falcons need someone to step up in the passing game if Harry Douglas has any hiccups in his rehabilitation, and really need to develop a strong 4 deep WR rotation anyway. Many familiar with Kerry Meier, drafted out of Kansas, knew he would come in and do well in running crisp routes and catching almost everything, but many probably didn’t anticipate undrafted free agent Brandyn Harvey being one of the show-stealers when mini-camp arrived. Eric Weems will have to be on the top of his game to retain his spot he gained last year, and to his credit he was on Sunday. Other UDFA’s Tim Buckley and Ryan Wolfe also reportedly had good camps as well, even though it should be noted that most receivers look good in jerseys and shorts. Add to that mix Brian Finneran and we should witness a very intense battle for only a few spots. As Meier and Weems should realize, just because you were drafted or made the roster one year does not mean you will this year. There looks to be 8 receivers battling for 2 spots and it’s a really nice to problem to have after having to bring in Marty Booker and Robert Ferguson as an emergency.

4) Don’t Count Trey Lewis Out Yet

Some had thought that Big Trey Lewis was all but done after struggling through 2 knee injuries in 3 years and not being too effective last season, but he seemingly is out to prove people wrong. Lewis had a magnificent rookie year before two knee injuries derailed his career. Give the man serious credit after fighting back through the pain, making the roster last year, and evidently on a mission to regain his previous form. The defensive tackle position is very tenuous with Jonathan Babineaux likely being suspended anywhere from 2 to 8 games or more for his legal run-in. Add to that Peria Jerry still limping 4 months out from opening weekend and fans are happy that we have a deep pool to choose from. Vance Walker and Thomas Johnson proved they belong last year playing very well in relief down the stretch. Corey Peters will have to work hard to insure his spot in the rotation, but the ability is certainly there. For all his faults, Jamaal Anderson does add good value at defensive tackle and reportedly put on 15 lbs to be up around 290. Big Trey Bryant (315) was signed as a UDFA and supposedly had a good camp. Major depth and a number of talented players at DTackle is a great problem to have, particularly this year.

There’s obviously tons more of battles to examine, but we have to hold some material for the summer, right?

Your Turn

-What battles are you looking most forward to?

-Final impressions on 2010 Falcons Mini-Camp?

-Is this the deepest Falcons roster in decades?

-What rookies are you looking forward to seeing?

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145 comments Add your comment

JJ

May 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

JJ

May 10th, 2010
9:09 pm

D3

May 10th, 2010
9:28 pm

JJ — Did you get a chance to make it up to The Branch on Saturday? The worst time of the year in terms of Falcons Football is upond us. D@mmit!

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JJ

May 10th, 2010
9:43 pm

D3, hey buddy, no had mommas tree cutting sat. Look, we said the same thing last yr about lewis, post injury first healthy training camp bs. Dont get me wrong, hope its true but I’m not buying into Mr. Lewis till I see it.

Dawson, I know you were hoping for more WR help, but are you encouraged with late rds and UFA’s? We may have some sleepers buddy. Rotating LB is fine, think DL is curious with babs and hip-hop. Thk gd for our back-ups and new draft pick.

Most interesting battle: OL, is blaylock on buttle, is baker (fiesty this weekend it seams), is reynolds ready to start? This battle determines the falcons WINS/LOSSES in my opinion.

D3, keep up great work and special prayers for gma SW!!!

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JJ

May 10th, 2010
10:07 pm

Is blaylock on buttle or bubble? bubble.

Reid Adair

May 10th, 2010
10:12 pm

It’s good to have so much depth and so many position battles. I would agree that there are only a handful of starting spots that are locked in at this point. It will be interesting to see how rookie camp goes since this is the first time Mike Smith has had it.

Box

May 10th, 2010
10:17 pm

Interesting note about draft. I saw another sports site show Dallas’ real draft board and they had us taking Pouncey.

Sarah B

May 10th, 2010
10:22 pm

SW it meant a lot when you passed your wishes out to me – now I do the same!

Box

May 10th, 2010
10:32 pm

SW,
Our prayers are with you and yours.

waynester

May 10th, 2010
10:58 pm

D3
Looking ahead to the rookie mini-camp, is that going to be 4 days/ one practice per day or 2 sessions /day? Awesome to finally be developing some Quality depth. You always have depth with the 53 man roster but until now, the quality has been suspect. I’m kind of dreading the cut-down as some of our cutees are sure to wind up on other teams rosters. Could get interesting in a few years when all these guys will be up for contract renewals–Blank will have to dig deep. Of course, if we’re really following the Patriot’s model many of these players will be traded before it ever gets to that point. The Pats always seem to get the best out of a player then move them for lots of extra draft picks which they then use to refill the roster and keep the log rolling. Looking forward to that day and the season ahead….

Wabe

May 10th, 2010
10:59 pm

Hawks season offically ends.

Falcons season won’t come quick enough…

waynester

May 10th, 2010
11:05 pm

wabe
Yeechhh! I am so ready for some foosbawl!*

*the Waterboy’s Momma

Sarah B

May 10th, 2010
11:12 pm

Waynster hopefully Weatherspoon will play like the Waaaaterboy.

waynester

May 10th, 2010
11:29 pm

Maybe he’ll open up a can of “Captain Insano” on opposing QB’s.

waynester

May 10th, 2010
11:32 pm

“I–I–I appreciate what you’re showing me right now…”

Tim Parker

May 10th, 2010
11:45 pm

-What battles are you looking most forward to?

DB – Robinson and DeCoud are the only “locks.” I would have liked to have been able to include Brian Williams in the mix, but typically speaking, knee injuries are a two year recovery process, especially at CB. My predictions: CB: Robinson, Franks, Grimes, Owens, Jackson; SA: DeCoud, Moore, Giordano, Schillinger, Coleman

-Final impressions on 2010 Falcons Mini-Camp?

Looks like an excellent draft and college free agent crop; however, I still have concerns with depth at DT. Beyond Babs, we have question marks. While I admire the effort from Walker and Johnson coming off the street and being productive, they are strictly journeymen. Jerry still being hobbled is disheartening. If Trey Lewis is truly healthy and in proper form, we might be okay. I still miss Biscuit…He ate a lot of space and enabled Abe to run free.

-Is this the deepest Falcons roster in decades?

I haven’t drank the Kool-Aid yet. CB is very young, DT is shaky, no depth at LB, and the kicking game is a concern. Good News: The offense is loaded for bear!

-What rookies are you looking forward to seeing?

Spoon, Franks, Schillinger, and Meier. I think that Mike Johnson could very conceivably beat out Blalock too.

Final Thoughts: Carolina’s fire sale, Tampa’s instability, and all the controversy in New Orleans bode well for the Falcons. We got reamed on the schedule, but if we can pull off 4-2 or better after Week Six, this team is probably looking at a first week bye in the playoffs.

chris taylor

May 10th, 2010
11:49 pm

Hey D3, my pc got screwed up around time of the draft competition. I had to post my draft on your blog titled “The Big Day!”. I know it’s real late but just would like to know my points total if you wouldn’t mind. I’m posting off my cell now but would still appreciate it alot if you would post my score on here. The post is at 11:55pm on the blog. THX

chris taylor

May 11th, 2010
12:27 am

I think the schedule is ok. Only one team off a bye. Good placement of our bye. Pittsburgh without Roethlisberger, Philli without McNabb. Most of our tough games like Baltimore are at home. If we stay healthy & BVG/Mullarky mix up the play calling a little more it looks to be a promising season.

The Real Falcon

May 11th, 2010
6:53 am

Why was there no mention of Cory Peters in anyone’s posts during the mincamp?
Troubling.

chris taylor

May 11th, 2010
7:05 am

Kinda hard to tell what Peters or any lineman…offence or defence…is gonna be able to do without pads on. Need to get em suited up and smash em together like hotwheels when we were kids. Then we’ll have a better idea of what we got in him.

JJ

May 11th, 2010
7:35 am

CharlieCharlie

May 11th, 2010
8:34 am

Any comments on why we drafted Eric Ward? Seems to me that we are pretty deep at QB already.

John Waynesworld

May 11th, 2010
9:02 am

JJ, nice article. The comment section once again mentioned Matt Ryan sophomore season. I have been trying to figure this out so I will ask my fellow cagers. It concerns questions about Matt Ryan and his supposed “sophomore slump”. Here’s my take:

Football players don’t have sophomore slumps, baseball players do. The game of football depends completely on other players doing their job in order to effect a successful outcome. A baseball game has to do with individuals on a team. A baseball player slumps (usually in hitting) because either the opposing teams has figured out stategy (a steady diet of curveballs to a young, fastball hitting player) or because the player has a psychological or mechanical issue that will eventually subside through coaching or practice. The first example is what causes a sophomore slump, IMO. The second example is what most people think a sophomore slump is. Both of these examples are individual traits, not team traits. To say Ryan slumped is to say that all the other players on the Falcons performed their jobs sufficiently enough to give him a chance to succeed and that he just didn’t. Now this may have been the case for a player that is ridiculously mentally and technically outmatched like Jamarcus Russell but that was obviously not the case with Matt Ryan. If the other team decided to try to get Ryan off his game by scheming (in this case I’ll use blitzing), his COACH would be the one trying to remedy that scenerio by creating plays that would include quick passes and draw plays. It doesn’t have nearly the implications on the individual player that a baseball batter has when he is seeing that looping curveball. It is all on HIM (his mechanics, his swing, his mind) to adjust.

That is my take on the term “sophomore slump”. What am I missing cagers?

CBrass

May 11th, 2010
9:27 am

D3,

Great summary of everything. TD and MS will have some very tough decision to make. As you said there are battles everywhere. We are going to see a totally different Jenkins this years simply because there are so many people behind him who can come in and take his job. Meier is a prime example. He may not be flashy but Ryan is going to fall in love with that guy. He runs great routes and will catch everything that is thrown his way(wish you guys could have seen that awesome catch he made). Weems better watch out. He could be cut all together. With Franks being drafted he could lose his special teams job and with Meier, Wolfe, and Harvery out there he could lose his receiver spot. I would say, and I could be completely wrong in saying this, that he’s one of the most favorable player who would could be cut.

As for the DE rotation this article just about sums it up. Anderson basically know that his time at DE will be very very limited.

http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/article/2010-05-08/kroy-bierman-key-falcons-new-pass-rush-plan

The LB battle is one of the best out there if the best battle out there …IMO You have Spoon cross training at both OLB spots. Atkins bulked up over the off season and is great shape. Pete looks as if he’s not going to have to play special teams which is going to be a big help as far as not saving some wear and tear down the stretch.

JJ when you make it out to training camp you will see why people are excited about Lewis. He’s in outstanding shape which will not doubt help him get on the field more. If Jerry is not able to make it back as quick as we like Lewis looks like he’s ready to step in and man the middle. At least that what I see. SW will provide more insightful info on all the points I just made. This is only what I’ve seen with my very limited knowledge.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 11th, 2010
9:48 am

SW;
Hope your family is doing well, and your grandma is getting stronger every day, every way.

D3;
Good list of links, thanks! Regarding your talking points-

-What battles are you looking most forward to?
1) WR. Some talent in there, but minicamp will likely be more beauty contest than who can get it done in the trenches. I look for two new WR’s, assuming no injuries before the end of camp. Weems may be gone if we get a better return option (I think Douglas will stop returning punts except on an exceptional basis).Meier gets in then Finn may be out (same role).
2) DB – what is Franks role? Will Moore hold up to the rigors of training camp (and if so, the 16 game season)?
3) TE – Could be 2 new TE’s IF they do their homework – Smitty mentioned more than once I believe that TE is a complicated position to play in the Falcons scheme, so Palmer and Peek’s learning curve will be steep (and judged against Zinger after one year). Running O needs good blocking TE’s, and I seem to recall TG’s skills in this area have eroded with age (still primo receiver, of course).

4) OL – two studs coming in, where do they fit? Does Smitty keep an extra OL to earn an extra draft pick in a year via comp?

I didn’t include DT, as there are too many unknowns coming into camp – Babs and Jerry availability will impact the roster here more than camp battles I fear.

-Final impressions on 2010 Falcons Mini-Camp?
Good, the draft picks did what they are supposed to do, and there were some pleasant surprises from the UFA’s. I like the idea of extra class work for the new troops in a week, help them learn the system, give them a leg up for training camp and trying to earn a spot on the 53 man roster, or even snaps in the regular season rotation. The reason for drafting smart players is coming more clear here.

-Is this the deepest Falcons roster in decades?
This is the season of hope and optimism for most NFL teams. Everyone thinks THIS is the magic year. It is far too early to even speculate.

-What rookies are you looking forward to seeing?
Meier, Palmer/Peek, Spoon, Franks (St returner mode)

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 11th, 2010
10:20 am

Tim Parker-
Nice analysis, I especially agree that the state of the division, combined with the improvements the Falcons are making, are falling nicely into place for another shot at the playoffs.
Remember last year, a team with a very good offense bolstered their D and won the superbowl. Sounds like the falcons in 2010?

CBrass;
Totally agree about Meier, happy to hear your visuals confirm the press about this guy! Between Wolfe and Harvey, maybe only one can make the roster unless there is an injury.

Like your thoughts on LB, hope it translates onto the field during the season!

DT Trey Lewis may NEED to show some production to remain on the roster at the end of the season after Babs returns. Potential is great, I am all for potential, but there is a point where that needs to translate to production on the field, hope that is 2010, we need his bulk.

waynester

May 11th, 2010
10:27 am

BA
One of my instructors was fond of saying “Potential just means you haven’t accomplished anything yet”

Coop

May 11th, 2010
11:26 am

D3 – Great writeup. It’s nice to hear all the positives out of camp, but there are some very concerning topics:

1. DT doesn’t seem any more solid than the end of the season. We knew Jerry was coming off injury and Babs was likely to be suspended. We did draft Peters, but until I see our DTs in action I’ll be extremely nervous. I have said it over and over, if that interior DL play doesn’t improve, having spoon and DRob won’t matter much cause we still won’t get pressure on the QB. Hope I’m wrong, but I’m very concerned about DT.

2. Moore is starting to perplex me. We need a hammer at S and I’ve been waiting for this kid to get on the field since we drafted him. I’m fearful he may never make it.

3. Noorwood tweaked again… geez!!!

Positives:

1. Glad we signed anothe QB. I’d be surprised if he beats out JPW, but no sense in letting complacency creep in. Maybe he makes the practice squad.

2. The reports on the UDFA WR is very positive. Still say WR is the most overrated position on the team. If any of these guys can start it confirms spending picks on other positions is the smart “value” way to go.

3. Love all the talk I’m hearing baout mentorship. Speaks volume of the professional attitude the team is breeding. That bodes very well.

Things I’m looking for the most:

1. Very interested in seeing how DT shakes out. Absolute key to entire D.
2. Who earns the start opposite Abe? My hope is for Sid, but I’d bet on the Beer Truck.
3. Will Spoon start day 1. Met bet is no.
4. Can Moore stay healthy and earn the start?
5. Who wins the job opposite DRob. My hope is for Owens, my bet is Grimes.
6. Can Franks beat out Jackson for nickel back? I say no, but I wouldn’t bet the farm.
7. Do Hawley or Johnson find starting jobs? I think Johnson puts Dahl (not Blalock) on the pine. Hawley rotates at guard and later in the season at OC.
8. Can the TEs learn the system. This will be quite intriguing. If we don’t see some high promise out of one of the young TEs, we may have to draft TE high next year to replace TG.
9. Can anyone oust Jenks? Will HD return to form? Who rounds out the WRs? My guess you get the following White, Jenks, HD, Meier, and Harvey (in that order 1 thru 5). Wouldn’t bet the farm against Finn if the decide to put Harvey with Wolfe on the practice squad.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 11th, 2010
11:30 am

Vick Supporter;

I think they WILL get playoff wins, maybe a surprising number considering how they are building the team. Give the “SORRY BUNCH OF UNKNOWN IDIOTS” a chance and they will do some amazing things over the long haul.

Interesting moniker, Vick was more of an athlete than a QB, so that translates to Athletic supporter? Not sure Vick will be a starting NFL QB again unless there are a LOT of injuries on his team. I could be wrong, or course.

Coop

May 11th, 2010
11:30 am

As for the schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Fox W
Sunday, Sept. 19 vs. ARIZONA, 1 p.m. Fox W
Sunday, Sept. 26 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Fox L
Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. SAN FRANCISCO, 1 p.m. Fox W
Sunday, Oct. 10 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Fox W
Sunday, Oct. 17 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Fox L
Sunday, Oct. 24 vs. CINCINNATI, 1 p.m. CBS W
Sunday, Oct. 31 Bye
Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. TAMPA BAY, 1 p.m. Fox W
Thursday, Nov. 11 vs. BALTIMORE, 8:20 p.m. NFL Network W
Sunday, Nov. 21 at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m. Fox W
Sunday, Nov. 28 vs. GREEN BAY, 1 p.m. Fox L
*Sunday, Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Fox L
*Sunday, Dec. 12 at Carolina, 1 p.m. Fox W
*Sunday, Dec. 19 at Seattle, 1 p.m. Fox W
Monday, Dec. 27 vs. NEW ORLEANS, 8:30 p.m. ESPN W
*Sunday, Jan. 2 vs. CAROLINA, 1 p.m. Fox W

This is very possible. If they don’t win at least 10, I think we have to call the season a failure. If they don’t win 11, I’d say they underachieved a bit. Looking at this lineup, MR2 is right, they could win 13 games. Without McNabb, Philly is beatable. Not sure we can beat NO in NO yet, but we should easily be 5-2 going into the bye.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 11th, 2010
11:31 am

Waynester;
Wise instructor!

Coop

May 11th, 2010
11:32 am

BA – Do yourself a favor and ignore. He’s trying to bait you. Let it go Indiana.

John Waynesworld

May 11th, 2010
11:40 am

Good Questions, D3.

What battles are you looking most forward to? Second and 3rd string running back. I want to see someone FLY. Yes Jason is a strong downhill runner (with a move) but we need a skitterbug with speed comparable to Norwood’s (and more consistent participation) to compliment Turner’s rushing game. Something extra for defenses to remember when they line up against us. Whether it is Smith or Nance, or even another free agent is fine with me as long as he is looked at as an offensive threat.

-Final impressions on 2010 Falcons Mini-Camp? We have a great group of guys, we are seemingly devoid of drama queens, and we have depth (and brains) at several key positions. There seems to be alot of hunger with this class as well.

-Is this the deepest Falcons roster in decades? Most likely, because it is probably one of the best group of starters on both sides of the ball that we have had since 1998. During the Vick era, the defense was decent (don’t get me started on Brooking) ONLY because they were off the field for long periods of time because of Vick’s first down-making ability with his legs, and we can’t really be sure of that team’s offense because of Vick unusual play. We won so many games due to that fact that the other teams defenses were just plain tired from chasing that kid. It was not accurate that we had a good defense, it more likely the case of a rested defense back then. The same could be said with the Bartkowski/Andrews led teams, because in 1980 we OWNED the clock (until the Dallas game, 3 runs and a punt for two consecutive 4th quarter offensive series, thanks Leeman, grrrrrrrrr). This time around you can see proven quality and depth at almost every defensive and offensive position, and most of the starters have worked together for some time now.

-What rookies are you looking forward to seeing? Franks, Nance, Smith, Harvey, Wolfe, and my man and future DL starter (maybe this year), Corey Peters.

Unca' Bob

May 11th, 2010
11:55 am

We need to take another look at our WR needs. We seem to have forgotten Weems DUI and cover-up attempt.

waynester

May 11th, 2010
12:07 pm

BA
I thought we were the only ones who had to put up with such nonsense but reading the ESPN story on MRyan in Pat Y’s blog, there were the same goofy comments by the same individuals just with different monnikers. The infection is spreading due to lack of mental hygeine–a radical lobotomy may be the only hope….

Zoomie

May 11th, 2010
12:46 pm

Had to scroll back up to see who’s hosting this blog. Great blog, D3. Good info, good leading questions fed to a lot of dedicated and knowledgeable posters. Other than the one knucklehead that made his appearance, this appears to be a group to follow.

Looks like D3 and DOL have the stick when it comes to Falcons news. Thanks folks — keep it classy.

(Back to silent monitoring mode . . .)

D3

May 11th, 2010
1:00 pm

Later — Wrong Blog VS

Unca' Bob

May 11th, 2010
1:11 pm

Aaaah. The magic eraser strikes again.

what's up......

May 11th, 2010
1:17 pm

with the censorship?

Tale of Woe

May 11th, 2010
1:22 pm

When should we expect to hear about the suspension for Babs? It seems like the commish is pretty quick with this and we haven’t heard a word…There was the guy in Seattle who beat his wife and didn’t get cut or suspended.

CBrass

May 11th, 2010
1:41 pm

waynester

May 11th, 2010
1:46 pm

Woe
We’ve had a few of our own guys with domestic violence charges as well…my guess is Goodell is waiting for the legal process to play out before jumping in–otherwise, like you said, the Commish seems to have a hair-trigger on violaters of league rules….

D3

May 11th, 2010
2:01 pm

Sense –Bring in anything besides vitriol, slime, trash, and vomit in The Cage and you never get censored. Sorry, there’s a “trash censor” that I can’t control here on the blog.

Ken Strickland

May 11th, 2010
2:12 pm

What has me so jacked up about this yrs Falcons is the production of last yrs Falcons. Last yr we had one of the NFL’s toughest schedules, especially against so many teams coming off byes. We had so many major injuries to several key players(STARTERS: DT PJerry, CB’s BWilliams & CHouston, OT SBaker, OG HDahl, QB MRyan, RB MTurner, KEY BACKUPS: RB JNorwood, WR’s HDouglas & BFinneran, FS WMoore and LB RJames).

Factor in the fact that our DEF started the season with 2 new DLinemen, 2 new OLB’s, 2 new safeties and a new CB, and had to depend heavily on rookies, and players that were new to the team, as primary backups. With the number of key injuries we suffered, our lack of depth and experience took it’s toll. That certainly won’t be an issue this yr, with the talent, depth and additional experience we’ve accumulated.

This yr, we’ll have enough talent and depth so that we won’t have to rely as much on starters and key backups to man our special teams, like we’ve had to do the last 2yrs. I also love the fact that despite the rigorous schedule, numerous injuries and personnel changes, we lost by only 3pts in overtime to the former SB champion Giants, and by 3 and 8pts respectively to the current SB champions.

With more talent, depth and experience, and an easier schedule, there’s not much that can derail this yrs team, including injuries. Some of you are still concerned about our DT situation, but you shouldn’t be. TLewis is definitely going to be better and more productive than he was last yr. With their 2nd training camp, an off season and yr of experience under their belts, it’s an almost certainty that VWalker and TJohnson will be improved. If CPeters remains healthy, he’ll give us more production than we got from Jerry. We can also expect a bigger, stronger and more experienced JAnderson to improve as a DT.

Don’t be surprised to see us end up with TLewis and JBabineaux as our starting DT’s. That would be an excellent combination of size, speed, strength and athleticism, with PJerry and CPeters being used primarily as pass rushers.

John Waynesworld

May 11th, 2010
2:13 pm

Interesting article on 2007 busts:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=5179808

I did notice that most of the “on the bubble” bust folks have dealt with injuries except our own JA98. If not injury, then what excuse? My guess is lack of hunger.

chc4

May 11th, 2010
3:05 pm

2-8 game suspension for Babs? 2 maybe but 8? Seems a bit harsh.

truth

May 11th, 2010
3:07 pm

JA98=sucks as a DE. JA98=not so bad as a DT. Not sure about the bust comments he gets.

D3

May 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

No-Tech-Night-Cage — Alright Cagers, heading into a no-tech night and will not be able to post as I’d like, but will check out the blog as much as possible. Hope everyone’s week is going well and love all the great convo’s. Make sure to keep them going strong. To help you out a little, here’s a few Tuesday night Q’s to ponder……

1) — Does Peria Jerry still limping put you in serious panic mode?

2) — Even though JPW was the only UDFA to make it last year, can more than one make the active roster this year?

3) — Should Weems be very worried about keeping the spot he worked so hard to earn last year?

4) — Is there a possibility that BOTH Michael Palmer AND Colin Peek could replace both Justin Peele and Keith Zinger, or can one only be expected to grab a spot?

5) — Sounds like Bier Truck and Sid the Kid will battle it out for the DE spot. Who do you like?

6) — Is DJ in serious trouble of losing his practice squad spot with the signing of QB Eric Ward?