Which UDFA’s Have Best Shot to Make Atlanta Falcons Roster?

Many Players Battle for a Few Spots

Palmer a Success Story (AJC)

It’s one of the best tales in all of sports. A high school football player works hard to earn himself a scholarship to college, sometimes to smaller and lesser known schools. The player works his way into a starter in college and has a very good career, but largely goes unnoticed by the draftniks and websites. The player doesn’t get drafted, but gets picked up by an NFL team as an undrafted free agent (UDFA). The odds are long that they’ll make it very far into camp, much less make the 53 man roster. Often times getting a practice squad spot is a great goal.

Although the likelihood is very small, undrafted free agents have not only made the practice squad, but even made the 53 man roster. The NFL at large is littered with a ton of undrafted free agents who have gone onto making rosters, earning playing time, and even stardom in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons are no different. There have been many examples of players making the 53 man roster after going undrafted.

Falcons Examples

The two most successful examples are by far Brent Grimes and Tyson Clabo. Grimes went undrafted in 2006, signed with the Falcons as a rookie free agent in that year, but then played in NFL Europe and bounced back and forth from the practice squad before finally being called up to the active roster in 2007. The rest is history as Grimes eventually won the starting job, made the Pro Bowl, and just signed a franchise tender worth over $10 million dollars. The same goes for Tyson Clabo. Clabo originally signed with Denver after going undrafted and then caught on with the New York Giants before finally settling in with Atlanta. He earned a few starts before taking over for good both at guard and finally at right tackle, where he made the Pro Bowl in 2010. Clabo also earned a big payday signing a 4 year, $25 million deal.

Eric Weems went undrafted in 2007 and made the team as a return specialist and even made the Pro Bowl for special teams. He since has earned himself a new contract with the Chicago Bears. Harvey Dahl went undrafted in 2005 and caught on with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers practice squads before earning himself a starting spot in Atlanta, becoming one of their best lineman, and getting a subsequent contract from the St. Louis Rams.

JPW Made the Leap (AJC)

John Parker Wilson came on as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and beat out hometown favorite DJ Shockley for the 3rd QB spot. He has since been relegated back and forth with the practice squad, but still is a part of the Falcons roster in some capacity. Perhaps the biggest example of someone to make the jump has been TE Michael Palmer. Palmer went undrafted in 2010 and beat out Keith Zinger for the 3rd TE spot and then moved up the ranks to backup TE after Justin Peele received an injury settlement. Palmer may not be a future Hall of Famer to take over for Gonzalez, but he definitely is a part of the Falcons long-term plans.

Still a Long Shot

Even though there are some examples of guys either making it to the 53 man roster or the practice squad after going undrafted, to say it’s still a long shot is a major understatement. Most teams sign anywhere between 10 – 20 undrafted free agents (the Falcons signed 23 this year) and only a handful will make the practice squad and very rarely will a player make the jump from not being drafted all the way up to the active roster, much less actually earning meaningful playing time. For every undrafted free agents success story, there’s at least 20 or so players who never make it out of training camp.

The Atlanta Falcons signed the following players as undrafted free agents (sorted by position):

Special thanks to Jay Adams of AtlantaFalcons.com for his excellent research on these undrafted players:

QB Dominique Davis – East Carolina

Davis, 6-3, 210 pounds, completed 67.6 percent of his passes (334-of-494) for 3,225 yards with 25 touchdowns as a senior at East Carolina. In 2011, he was a fourth team preseason all-conference selection by Phil Steele and named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards.

RB Robbie Frey – Kutztown

Frey, 6-0, 203 pounds, played in 12 games in his senior year and posted a team-high 1,185 rushing yards on 189 carries in 2011. Also scored 11 touchdowns.

WR Marcus Jackson – Lamar College

East Carolina's Dominique Davis started his career at Boston College backing up Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Associated Press/Gail Burton)

Davis Has a Decent Shot (AP)

Jackson, 6-1, 195 pounds, finished with 65 catches for 1,159 yards during his two seasons at Lamar. He posted 24 receptions for 432 yards and six touchdowns while leading the team with 18.0 yards per catch as a senior.

WR Michael Calvin – California

Calvin, 6-3, 215 pounds, played in 37 games with 10 starts and totaled 42 receptions for 528 yards with one touchdown during his career at California. He also recorded three tackles, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

WR Cody Pearcy – Huntingdon

Pearcy, 5-11, 160 pounds, is Huntingdon’s all-time leader with 147 receptions, 2,632 receiving yards, 25 touchdown catches and a 17.9 yard per reception average. He caught a team-high 46 passes for 766 yards with eight touchdowns during his senior season. In 2010, Pearcy was a first team D-III Senior Classic Preseason All-American and rewrote the Hawks record books logging 51 catches for 1,078 yards with 12 touchdowns.

WR James Rodgers – Oregon State

Rodgers, 5-7, 188 pounds, finished his career as one of the greatest receivers and all-purpose players in Oregon State history. He established a school record with 222 career receptions, including an OSU record 91 catches in 2009. He also set the Oregon State career record with 6,377 all-purpose yards.

TE Lamark Brown – Minnesota-Mankato

Brown, 6-3, 220 pounds, caught 31 passes for 405 yards with five touchdowns during his senior season at Minnesota-Mankato.

TE Adam Nissley – Central Florida

Nissley, 6-6, 267 pounds, played in 51 games with 38 receptions for 465 yards with two touchdowns at Central Florida. He was a two time All-Conference USA honorable mention selection and his 21 receptions in 2011 were the fourth most in a single season in school history.

C Tyler Horn – Miami

Horn, 6-4, 305 pounds, started his final 25 games at center for Miami and was named a second team All-ACC selection, and team captain. Horn anchored an offensive line that allowed the Hurricanes to average 145.7 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry in 2011.

G Phillip Manley – Toledo

Manley, 6-5, 309 pounds, was a two-year starter at guard for Toledo. In 2011, he helped pave the way for the Rockets offense to rush for 2,777 yards.

LT Bryce Harris – Fresno State

6-6, 300 pounds, was selected to the All-WAC first team by the league coaches and named to Phil Steele’s All-WAC first team after starting in all 13 games at left tackle at Fresno State. Played for new OL coach Pat Hill.

LB Rico Council – Tennessee State

Council, 6-1, 255 pounds, was tabbed Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Tennessee State. In 2011, he posted a team-high 87 tackles (49 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, 11 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

LB Max Gruder – Pittsburgh

California's Michael Calvin, right, runs with the ball as Utah's Eric Rowe reaches for him and the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

Calvin Has Speed (AP)

Gruder, 6-2, 230 pounds, notched a team-high 116 tackles (58 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, three passes defensed and one half sack in his senior season at Pittsburgh. A versatile linebacker, he played a starting role at both weak side and middle linebacker in 2010 and was the team’s starting weak side backer in 2009.

LB Jerrell Harris – Alabama

6-3, 242 pounds, started at strong side linebacker for the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide and recorded 22 tackles (12 solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss. In 2010, he started at both strong and weak side linebacker and finished with 24 tackles.

LB Pat Schiller – Northern Illinois

Schiller, 6-2, 235 pounds, led the team with 115 tackles (42 solo), two sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2011. In four seasons, Schiller collared 239 tackles (91 solo), three sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, seven passes defensed and one interception.

DE Louis Nzegwu – Wisconsin

6-4, 255 pounds, was a four-year letter winner for the Badgers appearing in 48 games with 27 starts and logging 100 tackles (53 solo) with 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He started all 14 games and led the Badgers with 4.5 sacks helping Wisconsin reach the Rose Bowl in 2011.

DT Ray Kibble – Kansas State

Kibble, 6-4, 305 pounds, notched 38 tackles (14 solo) with 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble during his senior season at Kansas State. In 2010, he appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and made 30 tackles (11 solo) with one half sack.

DT Micanor Regis – Miami

Regis, 6-3, 305 pounds, played in 46 career games with 112 tackles (52 solo), 5.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and three interceptions at Miami.

S Chad Faulcon – Montclair

6-0, 190 pounds, earned NJAC and D3Football.com East Region Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as Division III All-America honors as a senior at Montclair State. Faulcon appeared totaled 169 tackles, 13 tackles for loss. He picked off seven passes in his career and tallied 17 passes defensed as well as four forced fumbles.

CB Marty Markett – South Carolina

Markett, 5-10, 162 pounds, played both cornerback and special teams after walking on to the Gamecocks as a sophomore in 2009. He made 26 stops (21 solo) in 2011. Markett earned All-America honors as part of South Carolina’s 4×100 meter relay team in 2008.

CB Peyton Thompson – San Jose State

Thompson, 5-11, 180 pounds, logged 186 tackles (125 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, one sack, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 22 passes defensed in four seasons at San Jose State. He played in 47 games, including 33 starts.

LS Josh Harris – Auburn

6-1, 224 pounds, served as Auburn’s long snapper on field goals, punts and PATs for the last three seasons, including 2010 when the Tigers won the BCS National Championship.

P Dawson Zimmerman – Clemson

Zimmerman, 6-2, 205 pounds, was named team specialist of the year in 2010, posting a 42.7-yard average on 60 punts along with 19 punts inside the 20, nine punts of 50+ yards, and a 40.6-yard net average.

Best Chances

Although it’s a very long shot to make the practice squad, much less the 53 man active roster, there are a few positions where one of these undrafted free agents could catch on and take a backups spot.

Quarterback

Mr. Dahl Went Undrafted (AJC)

The Falcons have been looking for a quarterback to develop behind Matt Ryan for years now. There was DJ Shockley and then there was John Parker Wilson, but neither were able to jump above 3rd string QB and prove they could legitimately be a starter someday in the NFL. Chris Redman is a very steady backup and veteran QB, but as the Eagles, Packers, and Texans have shown recently, it pays to develop a young guy you could possibly trade for draft picks at some point. It doesn’t hurt that Dominique Davis was actually Matt Ryan’s backup at Boston College.

Wide Receiver

By far and away the biggest chance for an undrafted free agent to catch on. There are two potential positions on the active roster for a player to earn a spot. The Falcons are set at the top with Roddy, Julio, and HD, but the Birds usually carry 5 receivers on their active roster and several on the practice squad. Kerry Meier, Drew Davis, and Kevin Cone are thought of as the favorites to win those two spots, but you never know. Eric Weems was undrafted and now he has a new contract in Chicago. Guys like Cody Pearcy and James Rodgers who offer special teams ability have an upper leg in the race. However, Weems has been the only receiver out of the 40 some odd undrafted receivers to make the jump.

Linebacker

Similar to wide receiver, the Falcons are set at the top with Spoon, Nicholas, Dent, and newly signed Lofa Tatupu. But if Mike Nolan decides to carry 6 linebackers as in the past, there could be a spot had by one of the free agents. Spencer Adkins and Robert James have been the backups for years, but if one of the LBs comes in and plays lights out, a spot could be available. Adkins will probably be favored to take one of the spots with his quality play at the end of the season, but 1 LB spot still remains. A special teams ace is a must and the picture is further clouded with Mike Nolan potentially moving guys like Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury, or Jonathan Massaquoi to OLB.

Tight End

The undrafted tight end players can thank Thomas Dimitroff once again for not drafting a tight end in the draft for his 5th consecutive year (excluding 7th round pick Keith Zinger) and giving them a golden opportunity to make the team. Gonzalez has said this is his last year and Michael Palmer is only one of three tight ends that is a part of the Falcons long-term plans (they usually carry 3 TE’s on their active roster). If the tight end prospects can show some serious upside in camp, they may very well find themselves in Palmer’s old position only a few years ago.

Defensive Back

It’s going to be next to impossible for a cornerback to make the team with Samuel, Grimes, Robinson, Franks, Owens, and likely even Walls set at that position. Safety, however, could be a good spot for someone to make a name for themselves considering the miniscule depth behind starters Thomas DeCoud and oft-injured William Moore. Charles Mitchell was taken in the 6th round and almost definitely will be considered a favorite to win one backup spot. The other spot is likely up for grabs with Shann Schillinger under-performing in preseason games.

Bird Cage Predictors Turn

1) Will any of these undrafted free agents make the 53 man roster?

2) Which players do you think will make the team, if any?

3) Is it a stretch to see any of these guys making the team?

4) What backups should be worried with these UDFA’s in camp?

5) Which positions are the best chances for some of these guys?

6) How about the practice squad: will any of these players get on it?

347 comments Add your comment

Maevinj

May 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

First?
God I hate what I have become….

Die Hard Falcon

May 9th, 2012
4:02 pm

I say that James Rodgers and Michael Calvin will make the team. Quizz brother looks to be an excellent all-purpose type of guy that’s handy to have on the roster due to versatility. Michael Calvin will have to fight, b/c he’s simply a height + weight + speed type, if he shows route running and catching ability, he’d be an asset. I like DE Louis Nzegwu from Wisconsin too, we might have 3 new badgers on the 2012 roster.

Go Falcons!

JB FALCON

May 9th, 2012
4:09 pm

Will any of these undrafted free agents make the 53 man roster?
I’m going to be hoping to see Cody Pearcy, regardless of his size, I am looking at his overall atheletic abiity.

JB FALCON

May 9th, 2012
4:25 pm

Pearcy is 5′10″ compared to BG’s 5′9″. Throw the ball to Cody and let BG defend him. Cody has a 44″ inch vertical, BG? 36″. End of story.

Big Lou

May 9th, 2012
4:31 pm

Cody Pearcy = the next DeSean Jackson. He’s only off by 15 pounds.

steven a smith

May 9th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hope Dominique Davis beats out JPW. Davis has the athletic ability to play in the National Football League. John Parker Wilson will never be a starter.

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
5:40 pm

CAGERS-Don’t rule out a return of FB OMughelli to the Falcons. If he is willing to accept a low base salary ladened with inncentives, he could return and replace Cox. The best chance for an UFA to make our 53 man roster will be at TE, RB, WR, and LB. There’s very little likelihood of anyone beating out OTs SBaker, WSvitek, LHolmes, GReynold, and TClabo, or OGs JBlalock, VManuwai, MJohnson, PKonz and AJackson.

I see where we’ve signed some beef in our UFA class at OC, which could make things very interesting for TMcClure. We are a deep and talented team that’s about to be coached up to a new level, and there won’t be many chances for UFAs to make our 53 man roster. However, there will be chances for several to make our practice squad.

THE FAN

May 9th, 2012
5:52 pm

The kid Lamark Brown will make the 53 man roster as the next TE. The kid is a beast!!!!!!

marcus

May 9th, 2012
6:02 pm

53 man roster. Dominique Davis Cody pearcy James Rodgers Adam nissley jerrell Harris Chad faulcon Bryce harris. Practice squad. Ray kibble Phillip manley Marcus jackson

Branden

May 9th, 2012
6:29 pm

John Parker Wilson sucks.

Big Ray

May 9th, 2012
6:44 pm

Great job, D3 .

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
6:57 pm

One other thing. The new DT we drafted, I believe his name is Robinson, isn’t a lock to make the 53 man roster and could get beaten out by one of our UDFA DTs.

D3-Don’t forget UDFA OG turned Probowl RT TClabo, or UDFA Probowl CB BGrimes.

Big Ray

May 9th, 2012
7:00 pm

I’d like to see Dominique Davis make it. Or at the very least, push JPW to new limits. I wonder if JPW does better under Koetter and his side of the staff? Who knows, but we need the young QB development to be kicked up a few notches. Don’t know whether to blame Smitty or Mularkey for us going status quo with Redman and never getting any young talent going. Adam Froman was a bit of a joke…

All of the guys with speed are going to have to bring something besides that speed. Calvin has the size and we would be wise to pay attention to him. Does the name Victor Cruz ring a bell? He came from relative obscurity, as I recall….that said, Pearcy may be the better call or maybe even James Rodgers. Both of those guys, as I said a second ago, have to bring more than speed, however. Pearcy needs a good strength program. He and Rodgers need to bring something via a return game as well, and have to have some good route running.

One factor in the WR situation is whether or not Kerry Meier can remain healthy. If so, he can produce. If not, he may lose his spot with the team.

Doesn’t look good to me with the linebackers, but Gruder and Schiller have the stats (tackles). Harris is far less impressive in this department, but he did play for powerhouse Alabama. Was he simply overshadowed by his teammates? We’ll soon see. Won’t be easy to make this squad (even the PS) as a LB, though.

Same can be said for CBs and the one UDFA safety, if not more so. I don’t know what any of these guys look like, much less whether or not they can play. I’m guessing they all end up going elsewhere before long.

Tight ends – perhaps Nissley has a shot. Perhaps not. No clue. Big boy, though. The TE position may become less used as a weapon under Koetter, particularly once TG is gone. Again, we shall see.

Here’s where I think guys should be given a long, hard look – offensive line.

We can’t have too many of these guys, and seeing as how Pat Hill has the “inner circle of the NFL” cred, we should be looking at as many guys as possible.

So….Horn, Manley, and Harris should all get ample opportunity. Give ‘em a shot. And then a second shot. And then a third. If they show they just don’t have it, then chew them up and spit them out. But if Hill thinks he can do anything with them… let him coach them up .

We’ve need O-line help for some time now, and now we have a new O-line coach. You either roll with this guy’s experience and hunches…or there was no point in bringing him here. Again… give all O-line prospects some serious consideration. Lord only knows what “gems” we may find that fit our “new” offensive line system. We can never have enough good big bodies. We already know what it’s like to NOT have enough.

SeminoleWarrior

May 9th, 2012
7:02 pm

What’s up, Cage. Straight to the pressing business at hand.

Most Gracious and Heavenly Father,

My brother, K Strick, needs you. He needs your strength and devotion at this time. Mama is hurting so your child Ken is also hurting. And if my brother Ken is hurting, then I, your Warrior, is hurting. We come to you, with our painful hearts, and seek your divine presence. Touch Mama with your tender mercies, your caring touch, and your healing presence. We trust in the essence of your gifts and we are confident that Mama will rise and be stronger than ever in the presence of my brother Ken and all of us that love Mama.

Dear Jesus, you promised that if we seek your presence and ask in your Holy name, all would be given. I am doing that right now!! My brother Ken is at your throne of grace at this moment. Touch him, touch Mama, touch all of us with your presence and grace. Do it right now….this I plead with you.

This continuing blessing is sought in your holy name….and in the spirit of the gift of grace. Amen!!

D3

May 9th, 2012
7:03 pm

Ken — Thanks. Just added them to the post. I was in the process of adding them just a second ago. I missed them because I was just focusing on the last few years.

Big Ray

May 9th, 2012
7:03 pm

It will be interesting to see if any defensive linemen emerge.

Also, and this is kinda funny…but does LS Josh Harris have a better shot than most? Zeleneka was re-signed, but for how long? Hey, at least we’re not talking about a 6th round pick, here…..

Big Ray

May 9th, 2012
7:04 pm

Ken ,

Good points. And whatever you’re going through….keep the faith. Even when you can’t, the faith keeps you.

SeminoleWarrior

May 9th, 2012
7:11 pm

D3, my brother, a great post and I will take my time to address the questions that this topic raises.

As far as my comments in the latter portion of the last posting, I wish that I could say that I was in an over-reactive mode. I, as you know, really want this team and the Process to succeed. But I am one that trust his gut deeply. As a scientist, one thing that we hold dear is our ability to trust the inner voice as we endeavour to find solutions to complex problems.

I do not have the solutions to the ongoing issues at the Branch. I never will. But when something is just not sitting well, I have to be real with myself. If my thoughts and opinion are wrong, I give you my word as a warrior and a man that I will definately stand up and admit my mistake. I owe it not only too myself but to you as the moderator of this great forum.

I pray that the leadership at the Branch, at all levels, will prove my fears unfounded. I really do!!
But in the meantime, I simply have to be real with myself. And right now, as much as I love my team, as much as the Process has given me hope eternal, I just feel that there is something off center that will not settle well with us in the long term.

Thanks for your care, thanks for moderating such a great forum, and I promise, the Warrior will always bring it, be respectful, and call it right down the middle.

SeminoleWarrior

May 9th, 2012
7:19 pm

Going to break down the UFDAs and come back….

Big Ray

May 9th, 2012
7:30 pm

We haven’t done so great when it comes to getting RBs on the cheap (UDFAs, that is). Nothing has really stood out…or maybe we just don’t know how to use them. Koetter has to change that, to some degree. That said, check this out….

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth

That’s right….ranked last in the division at the RB position.

Yasinkas seems to have forgotten that Snelling is still on the roster, but check out his comments regarding Turner, the FB situation, and Rodgers.

SeminoleWarrior

May 9th, 2012
7:35 pm

BR, I agree with you that he seems to have forgotten Snelling and is underestimating Rodgers. But his point is a good one and is very much in line with my points from yesterday.

What do we really have as depth at certain critical positions?

D3

May 9th, 2012
8:19 pm

Mave — Hey, it’s all good. Our local OBCM Unca’ Bob usually es care of that by simply entering in “Enter Your Comments” as the first official post. Cheers!

Die Hard — Agreed. I definitely think that one of these guys can will take the the 5th WR spot

JB FALCON

May 9th, 2012
8:36 pm

D3, UB would have been there but he was busy putting Humpty back together.

D3

May 9th, 2012
8:40 pm

— 8:19 pm post cont’d — One reason I think James Rodgers have a leg up on guys like Calvin are their ability on special teams and as return men. Both excelled at that in college and may very well take the return men spot overall. As I said in earlier posts, I just hope it’s a fair competition, especially @ WR. I like Meier, but if it’s even close between a guy like Rodgers / Pearcy / Calvin and Meier, you gotta go with potential over draft status.

JB — Pearcy, along with Rodgers, has to be two of the favorites to make the roster outright, and certainly the practice squad. However, I’ve thought many guys would make the jump (Brandyn Harvey, Troy Bergeron, etc) and just never did for whatever reason. This year might be different though. Calvin has a great speed, but you have to wonder why his production was so low with all that speed.

steven a — Totally agree. For whatever reason, they have failed massively in their attempts to develop ANYONE under Matt Ryan. First DJ Shockley, than JPW, among several others and none have stuck. Hopefully, Davis can finally be that guy. He surely will beat out JPW.

waynester

May 9th, 2012
8:41 pm

I see Dawgs TE AronWhite is getting a tryout at rookie camp–good….

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Here’s another attempt to post a link that hopefully will prove some valuable info about our OL situation.http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/atl/report

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
8:43 pm

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
8:44 pm

D3

May 9th, 2012
8:52 pm

Will be back for a ton more tomorrow, but here’s a little nugget for all you Dawg fans. TE Aron White will be one of the “tryouts” at rookie camp this week. A few stories on this guy. I really think he has a chance to make it as our #3 TE. Always a good receiving TE with good hands and has bulked up to 6′4, 239 and ran a 4.71.

http://blog.atlantafalcons.com/jayadams/2012/05/09/falcons-set-to-start-rookie-camp-this-week/

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2012/03/06/ten10-aron-white-makes-most-of-opportunity-at-uga-pro-day/

See you tomorrow, all. Cheers!

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
8:52 pm

One more bit of FOOD FOR THOUGHT. One of the ways this team will improve, other than NFL caliber coaching, schemes, systems and approach, is through individual player improvement and development. Check this out if I can get it to post. http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2012/4/4/2923491/corey-peters-could-take-another-step-forward-in-2012

Ken Strickland

May 9th, 2012
8:58 pm

falcon21

May 9th, 2012
9:39 pm

Nice link about Matt. Not a doubter or hater here, thanks Ken. Give the man a good O-line and he will be one of the best QB’s in the NFL.

JB FALCON

May 9th, 2012
9:42 pm

“This link is for those MRyan doubters and haters.” KS

Ken, I didn’t read the link because I am one of those that believe MR has been, and will continue to be, the absolute best QB the Falcons have ever had. I have watched every one of them.
It seems that most of the fans throwing the noodle arm crap are the ones that are the newbie fans and have no idea of what a good QB is, or should be.
New Falcon fans do not remember when we didn’t have the internet and football was football, not something you play on a Ipod, or whatever they are. They know nothing about the game of football, desire, knowledge of the game, and desire.
I could go on but we have to understand and believe in the tweets that Tommy Nobis sent. Yeah, right!

falcon21

May 9th, 2012
9:53 pm

Ken, my prayers are with you and yours buddy.

JB FALCON

May 9th, 2012
10:03 pm

Well crap! I could have sworn I just posted an excellent response to Ken’s 8:58 post about Ryan. I will “amen” 21’s post since MR is here to stay. I was trying to explain to Ken that the MR haters do not remember the “tweets” that Tommy Nobis used to send!
They don’t know any better.
(A bad joke is one that you have to explain but the MR haters wouldn’t understand anyway)

poppa falcon

May 9th, 2012
10:13 pm

Cody Pearcy has an excellent chance to make the roster. He put together one of the best Pro Days I’ve EVER seen. Bill Parcells calls him his ’sleeper’ of the draft. Love his 4.3 speed and 44 inch verticle and the BEST PART about Cody is that he GREW UP a Falcons Fan. He’ll DEFINATELY be one to watch.

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Ken Strickland

May 10th, 2012
12:27 am

Thanks a million FALCON 21, and the same goes for all other well wishers.

Ed

May 10th, 2012
2:10 am

Your usual stellar work D3…LT Bryce Harris Fresno St stands a good chance on his own merit; but, when you add in the fact that he played for Hill that only increases his odds. Dominique Davis, QB ECU has an excellent chance if he can show he has starter potential.

waynester

May 10th, 2012
8:55 am

Realistically, only a couple of these guys will make the roster, since MS has shown that veterans come first–even if the rookie is just as talented–Smitty prefers the experienced guys. That’s why I see the FAs we brought in at RG and ILB getting those jobs even though we’re supposedly trying to get our younger guys into the mix to save $$$.

Falco Peregrino

May 10th, 2012
8:56 am

You missed the one of the Falcon Greats on this list Jesse Tuggle. Undrafted out of Valdosta State.

waynester

May 10th, 2012
9:21 am

Staying with the udfas for a second–the collective bargaining agreement requires undrafted rookies to sign a 3-year deal for league-minimum(less than $500 thou/yr) so if one of these guys actually makes the team, it’s a HUGE bargain which leaves the NFL holding all the cards. If rookies fail to perform and get cut, those 3-year deals can be cancelled at any time. If rookies show out and make the team and become key players in your scheme they still can’t re-negotiate those 3-year minimum deals–sweet if you’re the team, lame if you’re the player. That’s what makes the udfa’s such a potential goldmine for teams with salary cap issues, and that’s what separates the good GMs from the great ones–the ability to find starters outside the draft and FA….

waynester

May 10th, 2012
9:30 am

Apparently, K Blair Walsh from UGA did well enough in MN’s rookie camp that the Vikes have fired Ryan Longwell(who’s a pretty good Kicker). Congrats to a good dawg….

D3

May 10th, 2012
9:30 am

Great Thursday Morn’ Cage Fam! — Is it Friday yet?

Ed — Thanks man. I definitely think Bryce Harris will make the practice squad and I could even see him possibly beating out Reynolds. I mean, in 4 years, what has Reynolds done except to lost the starting RG position? However, I think Reynolds would really be good at his natural spot of RT, which we’ve never seen him at. I just hope that Pat Hill is as good as advertised to be honest.

SW — Hey, it’s all good. You have to be true to yourself. I guess I’ve just decided to roll with it and hope for the best. My Dawgs on the other hand………yuck.

falcon21 — Are you satisfied so far with the reinforcements we’ve added on the offensive line? I’ll have to say I’m pretty happy to be honest.

D3

May 10th, 2012
9:37 am

2 Questions……..

1) Is it too late to trade this @sshole?…………..and………

2) Can I get a refund on my Roddy White hoodie I purchased 3 years ago?

This guy is turning into Chad Ochocinco South

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/05/10/roddy-white-gets-in-another-twitter-squabble/

“It’s crazy how football players are killing our game you signed up to play a violent game and made a lot of money now u talk bad about #how”

White later added: “Yes older players didn’t make what we made but I remember when gas was 89 cents so the cost of living was different. I don’t have nothing against old players they made football what it is today and I love those guys and I don’t have a problem with them suing the nfl I don’t have to worry about it the nfl has enough money to pay them.

Ken Strickland

May 10th, 2012
9:47 am

FALCON21/JB FALCON-It you have any recordings of last yrs gms, review them and see how frequently MRyan ended up in 3rd and long situations when Mularkey controlled the OFF and play calling. Then look at how few 3rd and long situations he ended up in when he controlled the OFF and play calling in the NO HUDDLE.

He has managed to be at or near the top in 3rd and long situations even though he was handicapped by the conservative, predictable and narrowly focused approach of Mularkey’s rushing and passing OFF. Consider this. Even when Mularkey removed a RB and added a 3rd WR, he still used a TE and single RB. Unfortunately for Ryan, Mularkey usually held both the RB and TE in to block.

So it didn’t matter whether we used a regular 2WR 1TE, 2RB set, or a 3WR, 1TE, 1RB set, he never got to utilize more than 3 receiving options. With Koetter’s OFF approach, Ryan will have at least 5 receiving options at his disposal in 3rd and long situations(4 WRs and a RB). He will also be allowed to have liberal use of multiple types of screens, flares, quick and hitting slants and outs.

In other words, he’ll be allowed to attack the DEFs perimeter, in both the run and pass OFF, which was unheard of under Mularkey. I don’t think having weapons like RWhite, JJones, HDouglas, JSnelling, JRogers, and TGonzalez will make the difference in his and the teams 3rd down efficiency, because they were here last yr.

The biggest difference will be new OC Koetter understanding that making all of those weapons available to Ryan on 3rd and long plays will take tremendous pressure off both he and our OL. DEFs will not only have to cover all 5 of those players as receiving threats, they’ll have to cover our RBs and their perimeter, as well as our WRs over the top and underneath on quick hitting routes.

The 3 things I’ve just mentioned were seldom DEF concerns under Mularkey, regardless of the situation.

Unca' Bob

May 10th, 2012
10:40 am

waynester

May 10th, 2012
10:52 am

Interesting that the Falcons and the NFL are holding these “Who wants to be a Referee” tryouts when it looks like the “Zebras Union” is getting ready to strike–maybe some of us can catch on as “Scabs”….

Spence

May 10th, 2012
11:06 am

I really hope James Rodgers and Cody Pearcy make the squad. The rest of those receivers currently behind HD are lifetime practice squad guys. Rodgers and Pearcy both have the quickness and speed to be playmakers, even in a limited role. Help on special teams too.

Jeff B

May 10th, 2012
12:33 pm

People keep saying that Dominique Davis was Matt Ryan’s backup at Boston College… well that’s not entirely accurate. Chris Crane was MR’s backup. DD was 3rd string. The following year, CC played well enough to get the Eagles back into the ACC championship game, but he got hurt and DD managed to lose it. DD subsequently transferred to a smaller school to get a shot at playing time.