Which Offensive Rookie Free Agents Can Make the Team?

A Lot of UDFA Talent

 

It’s very common for teams to sign a number of undrafted free agents after the draft is over, mostly to make sure they didn’t miss any diamonds in the rough or to create competition for training camp. It’s also fairly rare for these players to make the active roster and most times end up on practice squads if they’re lucky. General Managers are always looking for the next Pierre Thomas, but with the high intensity and depth of scouting that goes on now, the diamonds in the rough are a lot harder to find than they used to be. All that being said though, some good players can be found through the undrafted free agent route, even if they are added for depth or to become developmental players. In all likelihood, the undrafted free agent rookies won’t make it on the active roster, but John Parker Wilson came in ready and focused last year to supplant hometown favorite DJ Shockley last year, so anything’s possible. Which one of these offensive rookie free agents has the best chance of making the team?

Wide Receiver Ryan Wolfe – UNLV

Talk about massive production? Wolfe epitomized the essence of production while at UNLV, shattering pretty much every receiving record while there. Wolfe totaled 283 receptions, almost 3,500 yards receiving, and 15 touchdowns. Wolfe was even hampered his senior year with a foot injury that potentially prevented some higher production. The former UNLV receiver stands 6’1 and 205 lbs. He also pulled a hamstring at his pro day that could have led to his small drop in the draft. NFL Icon Gil Brandt even compared Ryan Wolfe to a potential Austin Collie steal. The Falcons were enamored enough with him to spend a private workout with. Will be tough to break the active roster (as for all other rookie WRs), but it’s a possibility, and definitely could hit the practice squad.

Wide Receiver Brandyn Harvey – Villanova

The Villanova receiver was a rarely heard name that had good size (6’4, 205), but no one probably thought too much of the signing. That all changed when Harvey came in and impressed the coaches and fans alike with his speed and excellent ability to get wide open in the Falcons mini-camp. Harvey created some of the biggest buzz the mini-camp and seemingly vaulted up the boards. It is true that most receivers look good in shorts and shirts, but Harvey was seen getting completely wide open many times and even taking Dunta Robinson to task a couple of times. Harvey recorded 131 career receptions, 1,845 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Not insanely large stats, but Harvey might be hitting his prime at the right time.

Wide Receiver Tim Buckley – Alcorn State

Not one of the biggest names for sure, but Buckley was highly productive at Alcorn State where he played quarterback and racked up 3,930 passing yards, 725 rushing yards, and 27 touchdowns. Buckley stands 6’1 and weighs 185 lbs and will have to make the switch to wide receiver in a very short time. It certainly can be done, but it will be an uphill battle for him trying to learn a new position in very short amount of time, particularly with all the competition at wide receiver. His athleticism might just allow him to do it.

Long Snapper Justin Drescher – Colorado

Drescher, 6-1, 230 pounds, was only one of three players in Colorado history to handle long snapping duties for all four years on the team. For two consecutive spring seasons (2007-08), Drescher was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among specialists, which is awarded to players for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage in strength and conditioning. Drescher will be battling head-to-head with current long snapper Joe Zelenka for a spot. Its highly doubtful that the Falcons will keep a long snapper on the practice squad. It will be a very tough fight for Drescher, but not impossible, because Zelenka is 34 years old and the Falcons may elect to go with youth.

Running Back Dmitri Nance – Arizona State

“Nance is tough inside runner who is rarely tackled for a loss. He possesses a thick, compact build perfect for his playing style, and has nice vision and balance. He also displays good patience when waiting for blocks to set up and is a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.” (NFLDrafScout.com). His stats won’t blow you away (795 rushing yards, 6 TDs his senior year), but he might be able to claim a seemingly open 5th running back spot if he comes in and works really hard. At 5’10, 219, he might not be exactly what the Falcons need since they have both Turner and Snelling who fit that mold. However, depending on which way the Falcons go in resigning either Snelling or Norwood, Nance may have a chance. Like most UDFA’s, it will be an uphill battle because he will be going head-to-head with Antone Smith, who has been on the practice squad since mid year last season and has impressed so far.

Tight End Michael Palmer – Clemson

“Palmer, 6-5, 260 pounds, is a local product from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He attended Parkview High School. In his career at Clemson, Palmer totaled 73 receptions for 825 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, he set collegiate highs with 43 receptions for 507 yards and four scores” (AtlantaFalcons.com). Like several undrafted rookies, Palmer’s career stats are atmospheric, but he did have a very productive senior season. He has good size and speed and a tight end position is prime for the taking with Gonzalez and Peele above 30, and their desire to develop a tight end for the future. Keith Zinger won’t give up the 3rd TE spot lightly, but last year was his first year to make the active roster. Likely will keep at least one TE on the practice squad as well. In direct competition with Zinger and fellow UDFA Colin Peek.

Tight End Colin Peek – Alabama

Perhaps no undrafted player has a better chance of making the squad than Colin Peek. The former Alabama tight end definitely isn’t flashy by any means, but he is a very good all-around tight end. His draft stock may have dropped due to a low 40 time and his career stats being fairly low since he sat out his junior year after transferring from Georgia Tech when the triple-option came to town. Peek will never be mistaken for a vertical threat, but Peek seems to be one of those tight ends that knows how to get open and catches everything thrown his way. Projects as a classic move-the-chains type of tight end that is an excellent blocker. Blocking on the line of the national championship Crimson Tide and helping pave the way for Mark Ingram’s Heisman Trophy will likely give him a leg up on the competition. Very smart and hard working player. May be able to glean information from former teammate John Parker Wilson on what’s needed to make the team. Reportedly had a very good mini-camp and is off to a fast start in terms of what’s expected.

Quarterback Eric Ward

Second Team Consensus Draft Scout Preseason All-America… Considered one of the top pro QB prospects in the FCS for 2009… Second Team Preseason All-Conference pick by Phil Steele… voted as a senior captain by the team… Enters his senior season as Richmond’s career leader in completion pct. (62.0), ranks third in career passing yards (6,573) and second in TD passes (45). Technically, Ward was a tryout that earned an invitation to training camp. Could challenge Shockley for practice squad status and become another developmental quarterback for the Falcons.

So there’s your list of offensive undrafted free agent rookies. Definitely some talent there for sure, but the question is whether or not the prospects can buck the trend of the norm which is where the majority of undrafted free agents can aim for a spot on the practice squad, but rarely vault up to a position on the active roster. It does happen, as John Parker Wilson proved last year, but it’s pretty rare. With the signing of 15 undrafted free agents and so many draft picks, its pretty evident that the Falcons coaches and front office are gearing up for a serious injection of youth, athleticism, and above all else…competition.

Your Turn

-Which Rookie Free Agents Do You Like the Most?

-What Prospects Have the Best Chance of Making the Team?

-Do Any Have a Shot at the Active Roster?

-Is their Best Hope a Spot on the Practice Squad?

-Give Your Predictions of Who Makes it and Where?

 

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63 comments Add your comment

Unca' Bob

May 24th, 2010
1:22 pm

Unca' Bob

May 24th, 2010
1:24 pm

I would like to see at least two recievers make the squad.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
1:29 pm

Another great thought provoker – My thinking is;

WR – two rookie WR’s with an outside shot at three (one on practice squad) – Free agent possbilities are Wolfe and Harvey. Opportunities here.

TE – I seriously think Palmer AND Peek have a legitimate chance at making the roster, but one of them surely. Opportunities here as well.

Long Snapper – depends on who is doing the K duties (P is solid), and who he is comfortable with. Youth (cheap) will prevail if the contast is even, and the K and P are comfortable working with them.

QB – long shot at best in my opinion. IF Redman is replaceable with JPW, they could trade him and continue coaching up JPW and bringing in Ward as the next prospect to be coached up. I doubt it however.

K – a real shot for another FA here, they showed real interest in the kid they signed (his name escapes me at the moment). The other FG kickers are journeymen as I recall, but would Smitty trust a rookie kicking FG’s at the end of close games as time expires?

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
1:37 pm

-Which Rookie Free Agents Do You Like the Most?
Wolfe, Palmer, Peek, Lindholm

-What Prospects Have the Best Chance of Making the Team?
Wolfe, Palmer, Peek, Lindholm, Drescher

-Do Any Have a Shot at the Active Roster?
Yes, One TE at least, one WR at least, K and Long Snapper

-Is their Best Hope a Spot on the Practice Squad?
Some of them – third rookie WR, RB, QB

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

Forgot Harvey, but I rate him behind Wolfe and Meier at this stage

Infamous

May 24th, 2010
1:46 pm

I like Peek. I have seen him make big plays. He is not too flashy, but always seems to get the job done.

With the addition of Franks, I see Franks taking over ST returner duties way from Weems. Without ST role, Weems is not a valuable option at WR. So I think Wolfe can step in at the bottom of the WR depth chart.

I think Palmer, Nance, and Harvey are sure things for the practice squad. With the injury problems at RB and WR last year, I think this would be a no-brainer. And we all know how fragile Norwood seems to be. He really needs to step it up a notch because this prob is his last shot to produce and remain healthy.

As far as Ward and Drescher, I it all depends on how productive they are in preseason compared to the long snapper we picked up off the streets last year and Wilson, who was not spectacular last preseason. He just made way less mental errors than Shockley, who had be through the drills and routines enough to not make so many bad decisions with the football. Shockley’s one chance to shine was marred by the injury because he would have gotten loads of experience playing when we were scrambling for QBs during the Petrino (oh so brief) era. I was upset for him.

But hey, its nice to have so many viable and talented OPTIONS!

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
2:00 pm

Speaking of Harvey-

“Harvey earned second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior and was a key member of Villanova’s FCS national championship team.

He led the Wildcats in receptions (53), receiving yards (694) and touchdown receptions (five) and averaged 6.6 yards per punt return. He ranks 11th in career receptions (131) and receiving yards (1,835).

Harvey made two of the biggest receptions of the season for the Wildcats. His 19-yard reception along the sideline set up Nick Yako’s 32-yard field goal that beat Temple, 27-24, as time expired. Eight games later, Harvey made a one-handed, over-the-shoulder grab to pull in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Chris Whitney to give the Wildcats a 21-20 victory over No. 1 Richmond on the road.

Also an outstanding blocker, the Spring Valley, Calif. native may be best remembered for the devastating hit he delivered to spring Whitney free for a big gain in Villanova’s 23-21 come-from-behind victory over Montana in the national championship game.

“The coaches always stressed blocking,” Harvey said. “It was an important part of our game. If you can block and do all the other things, the catches will come. When you first start out they’re not going to throw you the ball 70 times unless you’re an incredible athlete. You have to be able to do other things to get on the field and being able to block got me on the field.”

Also–
“Harvey won’t be the only Wildcat in Atlanta. Brian Finneran, the 1997 Walter Payton Award winner, is a wide receiver for the Falcons.”
Mentor already in place for this 6′4″ receiver

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/04/27/sports/doc4bd659986d2e2343646865.txt

D3

May 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

Great Mon(dane) Cage! — Is school out yet? Has Memorial Day arrived yet? Hope all is well as we begin another week.

UB — Totally agreed. You know my feelings on wide receivers. Honestly, I would like to totally transform the WR Corps. Keep Meier and Wolfe/Harvey on active roster and put the other on the practice squad. Weems was a feel good story, but no WR threat and BFinn’s time has come and gone. IMO.

BA — Nice points all around. I didn’t include Lindholm yet because that’s reserved for a whole other post. I like your ideas on TE. Why not have one make the active roster as a 3rd TE and put one on the practice squad. Gonzo’s close to retirement and Peele is over 30 himself.

Infamous — Great thoughts. I agree on Shockley. One of my favorite all-time UGA players and just had some $—-y luck. I think he’ll be done this year. I really like Peek a lot too. Seems like he’ll fit perfect in our run-first, play-action offense. Not a burner and doesn’t need to be in our offense.

Good stuff Gents…………..

Infamous

May 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

With all of this young talent, I wonder if the Falcons will make another roster move to provide one more veteran at the last minute like the previous two years. Both of the previous two times involved trades using 7th round picks for CB help. The first worked out for the year, the second was a tragedy. Could this possibly happen at a different position this year?

On the other hand, all of this focus on the rookies seems to go against this happening the year. (1) The rookies go an extra week of mini-camp practice. Is the gap much greater for this rookie class? No, but seems like they are trying to get a jump start on schemes to prevent not being prepared for sweeping injuries. (2) They are even having scrimmages with the Jags and Pats this year. I think this is another way of getting the rookies extra work and real contact before the season begins. All this seems to be devoted to making us the youngest, but most prepared, team in the league. Works for me!

CBrass

May 24th, 2010
2:46 pm

D3,

As always great job hon!! When I get more time I’ll answer the question you provided. Again good work.

drew

May 24th, 2010
3:29 pm

keep harvey, nance and peek

D3

May 24th, 2010
3:33 pm

CBrass — Thanks as always. Its easy to do when we have such great and dedicated fans here in The Bird Cage.

Wide Receiver —
As many of you know, this is my bias where I can get slightly less than fully objective. I wanted us to seriously upgrade our receiving corps, and it appears that we may have the prospects to do just that. I know it was only one year, but Weems (even though it was a great story) simply choked on a HUGE opportunity last year when HD and BFinn went down. He was good on Spec Teams, but added no threat at all at WR. Yes, it likely had some to do with Mularkey’s play-calling, but most of the blame should lay at his feet. I’ll be the first to say I’m dead wrong and admit my mistakes, but I’d rather go with youth once and for all. I don’t think that’s what will happen, but what should happen.

I definitely think that Meier will make the active roster and probably be the 4th wide receiver, and if not, definitely the 5th. I really like Ryan Wolfe and Brandyn Harvey as well. Wolfe’s productivity is unparalleled and after watching him on YouTube, the guy is a whole lot faster than one might think. Harvey is much more unknown, but if he can continue his excellent mini-camp, than he’s in a good position to at least make practice squad if nothing else (unless he and Wolfe will battle for that spot). Unfortunately, I feel like TD and Smith will go with a vet like Weems, just in case HD’s recovery is slow and they don’t want too many rookies in there, but it can be argued that the production couldn’t be much worse (all the more reason to keep a plethora of WR’s). Honestly, Weems may provide more of a complementary receiving corps than Wolfe, but I sure would love to hang on to all three (Meier, Wolfe, and Harvey). At minimum, I definitely want Meier to make the active roster, 5-man rotation and at least keep Wolfe or Harvey on the practice squad. Forced to make a call, I would say Wolfe based on his superb production, but Harvey probably has more upside. Easy decision to make if you can keep all three. Don’t look for 2 of any one position to be kept on practice squad though since they only get 8 players. My dream rotation-lineup (that won’t happen) — Roddy, Jenks, HD, Meier, Wolfe with Harvey on practice squad.

Screg

May 24th, 2010
3:56 pm

Weems hasnt had much production. I like White, Harvey, Douglas, Wolfe, Meier, and Jenkins at WR and Colin Peak over Keith Zinger at TE.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 24th, 2010
4:55 pm

FYI — Harvey was getting a ton of attention last Monday. (The one day I was allowed to watch the rookies)

uga_b

May 24th, 2010
5:09 pm

You can’t teach height so that is where Harvey really stands out. Weems has to compete as a receiver this year so we will see where that leaves him. I am intrigued with the the Ward kid.

ATLJBO

May 24th, 2010
5:09 pm

I really like Brandyn Harvey and Michael Palmer,

I think we will keep Michael Palmer and Colin Peek (1 as the 3rd TE and 1 on the PS)…. I think Michael Palmer is better as a receiving TE.

I really like Brandyn Harvey…. As a WR he has the talent (4.51 40, 39-inch vertical jump, 10′7-inch broad jump)… He has good hands, run good routes, good blocker, and great size… He has a chance to be a gem.

I’m not comparing anyone but tell me who this remind you of .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-KWtwe6yGk

ben

May 24th, 2010
5:18 pm

Falcons blow it on Robinson: Dunta Robinson – 69 att, 582 yds, 8.4 YPA, YPA ranked 77th in league – losing Robinson is not a huge loss, as these totals are similar to what he has put up his entire career”

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
5:41 pm

Remember, Harvey is an experienced punt returner as well (not as good as Franks I suspect, however).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkW6JIR1QqA&feature=related

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
5:46 pm

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/News/Articles/2010/05/21-30/Falcons_not_averse_to_mining_small_school_talent.aspx

“In addition to Schillinger, Atlanta added seven FCS players in the undrafted college free agent market, bringing their total to 11 on the current offseason roster.

One of Schillinger’s new teammates, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey of Villanova, is already making his mark. A productive, play-making fifth-year senior for the FCS National Champion Wildcats, Harvey has turned heads through two minicamps.

“He’s caught my eye,” said Smith earlier this month. “He has very good length and height and has done some very good things catching the football.”

Like many of his small-school brethren, Harvey isn’t concerned with misconceptions.

“I guess some people could say they played against top notch players all the time and we only did every once in a while, but I don’t really see it that way,” the wide receiver said. “I think if you go out and compete every weekend then you’ll get the best of everyone’s abilities.”

Harvey need only look around the room during position meetings to find another FCS success story. As fate would have it, he shares practice reps with a fellow undrafted Villanova wideout who ignored the small-school bias and hustled and gritted his way into the NFL. After 10 seasons (the last nine with Atlanta), over 200 receptions and nearly 3,000 yards, Brian Finneran no doubt sees a little of himself in the fledgling Harvey.”

JJ

May 24th, 2010
5:50 pm

D3, great topic/post.

May I present our newest falcon: enjoy :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wplH8cl3zg&feature=related

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
5:58 pm

JJ;
Yes, I actually like his numbers better than Harvey, I reckon it depends on who picks up the plays fastest, and shines the brightest on ST.

I am totally on board with D3’s rotation of Roddy, Jenks, HD, Meier, Wolfe with Harvey on practice squad. Youth, motor, versatility, and dare we hope, passion for the game!

To this I would add, Finn as a coach – I suspect he has a lot to offer well beyond Sunday afternoons. THIS would turn a weakness into a strength, allowing the young WR’s to grow along with MR with Roddy there to help mentor on the field and Finn off the field.

SeminoleWarrior

May 24th, 2010
6:23 pm

What’s up Cage Family…

Projected Falcons WRs: White, Jenkins, Douglas, Harvey, Meier, Fin
Practice Squad: Wolfe

Of the FAs signed, Brandyn Harvey and Colin Peek will make the team and provide youth/depth at their positions. Both of these young men impressed the heck out of me at the mini camps. Sure, they were in shorts and there was no contact. But there is something special about each of these guys. They both have the tools, the talent, and techniques needed to evolve into major players down the road.

Dmitri Nance gets the one up on my man Antone Smith due to one fact…his size. I love the idea that we can carry three backs that would weigh better than 215 pounds. Snelling and Nance would also give us the threat of a big back in the passing game. Antone Smith could add depth and be that complementary back (TipToe’s current role). Smith could also complement Grimes, Franks, and Harvey in the return game.

BA, I was at the camp and Harvey shadowed his Villanova brother. I concur with you. There is no better role model for him to have than Fin. And it will show up when we put the pads on late in July. Harvey is a keeper; he is going to be a star in ATL. I feel it!!

SeminoleWarrior

May 24th, 2010
6:26 pm

Breaking right….early preps for the grand finale of 24 tonight. Will be back later to contribute. See you on the other side.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
7:32 pm

http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/mmathletics&from=foxsports/home/headlines

Need to patiently wait thru some MMA promo stuff, then an interesting story on MMA training for the Falcons, including interviews with Decoud, Sam Baker (looking healthy), and the Bier Truck (in fightin’ mode).

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 24th, 2010
7:38 pm

SW;
Always great to get feedback from someone that has actually been afforded the opportunity to put eyeballs on the troops. Thanks.

Ken Strickland

May 24th, 2010
8:53 pm

It’s just amazing how much talent TD and Smitty have been able to come up with. Last yr we were crying the blues about our CB’s before the season even started, which prompted the acquisition of CB’s BWilliams and THill. This yr, we’ll start the season with backup CB’s that are more skilled than last yrs starter CHouston.

We’ll also have far more options at LB, DT, WR and the OL. There will definitely be some rookie additions at WR, safety, DT, OL and TE. At the end of this season, we could see some serious changes on both sides of the ball. If TE TGonzalez and OC TMcClure decide to call it quits, and if DE JAbraham and OLB MPeterson are sent packing or demoted, and we don’t resign some of our FA OLinemen, we’ll see those changes.

CBrass

May 24th, 2010
9:06 pm

I really like Collin Peek. He’s the one that I’m putting my money on to make the team. Well he and Nance. Peek, as you pointed out, may not be flashy but he is sure handed and a good blocker. He played in a pro-style offense at Alabama that really featured the run (sounds familiar?).

CBrass

May 24th, 2010
9:19 pm

BA,

Thanks for the link. Really cool to actually see the training. Oh yea and seeing Biermann never hurts…LOL

Chris T

May 25th, 2010
12:00 am

I agree with your WR line-up D3 except flip flop Harvey & Wolfe. There’s just something about someone his size that unlike Jenkins can actually get open. With Kerry’s good hands i’m comfortable with him in the slot if HD goes down so Weems is gone. Nance has size but his ability to catch out of the backfield makes him a change of pace back, he’ll make the practice squad over Antoine. Peek’s blocking & youth will possibly overcome Zinger and if not he’ll make the squad. I take the vet at longsnapper. The K will make the squad too, there won’t be a kicking debacle like last season. Overall…..Harvey’s my favorite out of all FA’s, he’ll lock up #5. Peek to be #3 TE. Those 2 make roster, K, Palmer, Wolfe, & Nance on squad….the rest are good competition for mini-camps & OTA’s.

Chris T

May 25th, 2010
12:11 am

I know thats alot of rookie FA’s which hardly ever make the team but they all look so promising. Sign them on as water boys or hell as janitors that get paid real well, just whatever we do it’s got to be the right decision….TG will play in 2011-2012 season if the CBA gets done….he can taste the funnel cakes at Disney-Land that come with the Lombardi already. He worked so hard in KC to come up short, he won’t quit till he knows he gave it everything.

Ed

May 25th, 2010
2:27 am

Your usual work of excellence D3…keep’em coming. My personal hope from our group of UDFA’s is Brandyn Harvey. He could be that diamond in the rough we so badly need at WR. I see him making the 53 man roster and supplanting Jenkins by ‘11 , if there’s a season. Speaking of which there was a Supreme Court ruling that just came down on the side of American Needle against the NFL. The NFL was attempting to sell itself as one entity, one corporation, as opposed to 32. American Needle winning greatly lowered the NFL’s clout as it looks forward to dealing with the union on a new CBA. Maybe this will somehow spur them to the bargain table sooner and in a more amendable mood.

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John Waynesworld

May 25th, 2010
7:41 am

I am going to step (not jump) on the Harvey band wagon. I think he is a good fit for this team. First off I will say that Brian Finneran will not give up any ground in this competition. Having said that, Brian knows his clock is ticking and if there was someone he would prefer to hand the reigns over to, it would be a fellow Villanova man. Both men are tall and have good hands. I could also probably guess right using the clue “Villanova” and say both men have smarts. We can only hope Harvey has or garners the toughness that Brian possesses. More importantly Mr. Harvey doesn’t have a problem with clutch, as seen by the 4th-down-and-game-on-the-line video provided by ATLJBO.

By the way ATLJBO, the Harvey video reminds me of Plexico Burress. How about you?

Infamous

May 25th, 2010
8:14 am

And let’s no forget. As Mike Smith always points out, we need to see them with PADS ON!!

CBrass

May 25th, 2010
8:24 am

[...] Just how many of the undrafted rookie free agents will make the Falcons roster in 2010? [...]

Drew dawg

May 25th, 2010
9:35 am

Peake and Wolf should make the team! Move Harry Douglass to the Y-WR and trade Micheal”Stonehands”Jenkins for a draft pick and put Wolfe in the slot. Peake could eventually take Justin Pelle’s role as a blocker/motion fullback!

Hamp

May 25th, 2010
11:35 am

To say that coaches are high on Harvey is good. I think he makes the roster. Meir is a given. I really like harvey’s measurables. That leaves wolf on the Practice squad.

Nance is in the mold of turner and snelling so if we go with a change of pace I say smith, he is like 190. If smith can pick things up which he should with a year in the system I say we probaly won’t resign norwood. That sends nance to the practice squad to maybe one day take turner or snells spot.

With the pounding turner takes you don’t know his life expectancy at RB.

John Waynesworld

May 25th, 2010
2:00 pm

Lol CBrass, I can never get enough of old John and his “I’m good!” critique of himself. It looks like your guy Kroy is trying to be a fixture around here for a while, so maybe you will get a chance to meet him again.

I look at all these UDFAs and they all look good. Great stats, mostly, and accolades to go around. Actually some of them look better than some of our draft choices. So why weren’t they picked? 32 teams had their chances for 3 days to take any one of these guys. This is job I wish I had, so I could study these players extensively for months through film, personal interviews and 3rd party investigations like we all know TD, Coach Mike and the Falcons staff do every year. But I don’t, so I have no idea why they slipped through all the way down past Mr. Irrelevant. It’s a crap shoot and hopefully the Falcons (for a change) hold the hot dice.

blord

May 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

At minicamp I was in front of the WR’s and saw Finn instructing Brandyn Harvey. At the begining of the practice I kept thinking “Poor guy, Finn comments about everything he does. What a poor smuck.” As practice went on I kept thinking “wow that guy just made Robinson, Grimes, etc… look silly.” For a guy not even on the Radar he has at least created enough buzz that coaches and fans alike will be watching him close when the pads go on. I look forward to seeing what happens with him.

D3

May 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Great No-Feel Tuesday Cage! — Excellent convo’s going on about our pool of Offensive UDFA’s. I really like what TD did in the UDFA pool and it really helped to alleviate my fears, especially concerning wide receivers and tight ends. Not saying that we will find the next Pierre Thomas or anything, but every single person on the practice squad better watch their spot, because we could see a complete overhaul of the entire practice squad with this talented pool of UDFA’s.

Drew Dawg, Chris T, Hamp — Excellent points and glad to have you here in The Cage!

Ken S., BA, CBrass, Ed, JWW, blord, and Seminole — Great job bringing the superb analysis as always.

Unca' Bob

May 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

It could be Finn is coaching himself out of a job. I look for Meier to land a roster spot, and if B Harvey turns out to be the real deal, Finn could be the odd man out. I’ve mentioned before that I felt Finn would retire before camp is over this year. I still feel that way. He seems like the sort of person, on and off the field, that would throw himself onto the grenade for the betterment of the team. The world needs more like him…

CBrass

May 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

JWW,

I can understand where Abe is coming from. He and Biermann got a lot of pressure on QB’s but without that middle push all they(QB’s) had to do was step up in the pocket and make the throw. On the Beirmann note I hope I get to meet him again. He such a cool guy.

BA,

In rewatching that MMA vid that you posted I noticed that a certain somebody who lacks a killer instinct wasn’t there. Can you guess who that was? Yep, Mr. Bust98 himself!! He should have been the first person there. He doesn’t plays pissed off like other defenders do. You have to have that type of mind set when you play on the defensive side of the ball!!

Also Moore is back and took part in the first OTA practice.

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/05/25/otas-william-moore-takes-part-in-first-practice/

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

CBrass;

Yes, I looked for JA as well (in vain), but did note Sam Baker there. maybe it will help him stay healthy.

D3

May 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

Tight End —
This is also a very intriguing position for these undrafted free agents as well. Although a pure receiving, deep threat TE would be a sexy addition to our squad, that’s just not the way we’re built. Our tight ends must be great blocker first, and receiving threats second. Granted, Gonzo is the best tight end to ever play the game, but do you think they would have gotten him if he wasn’t a superior blocker? Also, take a look at our other tight ends in the Dimitroff/Smith Era: Ben Hartsock, Justin Peele, Jason Rader, Keith Zinger, Marcus Pollard (only for a week or two). But these tight ends all have something very similar in common: they are blockers first and foremost and receiving threats second. Out of all these players, Peele is probably the best receiving tight end, and that’s saying something.

With that in mind, maybe Dimitroff new that some serious diamonds in the rough could be snagged in this year’s undrafted free agent pool. Peek was originally slotted to go around the 5th round, and dropped way down after his 40 time (4.9), but he had a nice, deep strike in the Senior Bowl for a touchdown. Palmer is a little lesser known, but he had very good stats at Clemson and much better than Peek’s in fact. These guys fit the mold perfectly for the Falcons Offensive system ans we know that Mularkey is very particular about his TE’s.

My dream scenario here is to keep both Palmer and Peek, with the better one taking the 3rd TE spot and the other one taking a practice squad spot. Can we seriously say that Palmer AND Peek don’t have more upside than Justin Peele? We as Falcons fans love Peele, but shouldn’t it say something that we never heard of him until he was 30 years old? Who knows when Gonzo will retire. I initially thought that this may be his last year, and it still might, but if we make a deep playoff run (at least to divisional or championship round) than its hard to believe him walking away. Think about what he has now with the Falcons organization compared to all those years in KC.

The point is that we should hedge our bets and find a way to keep both because both Gonzo and Peele are over 30 years old. Would we be comfortable with Peele as our starting TE if Gonzo were to retire after this season? Tight end is one of the only positions that has not been infused with any youth at all. Gonzalez is the best TE to ever play the game and that doesn’t happen every day, but we’ve got to build for the future. To his credit, Zinger has hung around and was able to make the active roster last year, but does he represent as much upside as Palmer and Peek? If its even close at all, you have to go with Palmer and Peek since they both represent much more of a receiving threat.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 25th, 2010
3:47 pm

Agree about keeping both TE’s, BUT–

I fear that IF the Falcons make a deep enough run, then Tony G will retire on a high note, but I will qualify that with a BIG shadow over the whole shebang. I think Gonzalez is a player rep, and will be nose deep in the guano that is sure to be flung by the front guys on both sides of the upcoming labor issue, and depending on how nasty it gets he may just retire afterwords and let someone new and unsullied take the post in 2011 (or whenever it ends). Remember Tom Glavine’s popularity hit bottom after the Baseball union crap. Gonzo ain’t stupid, he knows what legacy he could carry with fans here if it gets nasty and he is vilified as the face of the union.

All what if’s and maybes, but that labor issue IS the 800 pound gorilla in the room that everyone tries to ignore as we enter a new, exciting season. Folks on both sides of the issue are likely positioning themselves for potential fallout.

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 25th, 2010
3:55 pm

Hit enter to soon, meant to finish:

TD is smart by all accounts, and will be well served to keep both TE’s somehow (if they cut it in training camp) as insurance for TonyG after the fallout from labor issues. IF TonyG stays, well and good, if not, cheap insurance on hand to be coached up.

Note also, lots of FA’s coming up this year, if there is a strike or lockout then they don’t need to be paid – lower income, so lower payroll in a tumultuous period. NOT an accident, I suspect, this is the machinations of a forward thinking GM (and very good news for cheaper rookies to make the squad this year).

Too paranoid???

D3

May 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

No-Tech Night — Gotta spend some time with the lil’ Wide Receiver and CEO tonight. Make sure to keep the great convo’s going Cage Family!

Some Questions to Ponder to get you through to the next post…..

1 — What does your wide receiver rotation look like?

2 — If forced to make a choice: Palmer or Peek, why?

3 — If forced to make a choice: Harvey or Wolfe and why?

4 — Is DJ Shockley’s career as a Falcons finally over?

5 — If forced to make a choice: Nance or Antone Smith, why?

Birdman

May 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

Good eve D3 and Cage .

Seems to be some others have seen the light with Jenkins . We need a good #2 WR.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/396582-the-nfls-top-10-players-who-arent-who-we-thought-they-were#page/3

Birdman

May 25th, 2010
5:10 pm