Atlanta Falcons Finalize Roster, Ready for Saints

Roster’s Set, A New Season Dawns

Can the DL Hold Up? (AJC)

Well, it’s finally here Ladies and Gentlemen of The Cage…….Game Week! A new season dawns as the Falcons have their roster set (save some waiver wire pickups or last minute adjustments) and the men in red and black will be getting set to start off the season with their biggest rival, the hated New Orleans Saints. What a way to begin a new season filled with so much hope than on the road against your biggest rival with something to prove. Preseason isn’t the end-all-be-all and Mike Smith admitted to “trying” a lot of different stuff, but it surely gave fans a reason to hit the pause button on the “Super Bowl or Bust” hype. There are major questions abound as the Falcons travel to the New Orleans in week 1, and some of them start with the final 53 man roster, at least as it stands right now. This post will take a look at the final 53 man roster, as well as a brief look at what lies ahead in New Orleans…

Will Falcons Sign a Vet QB?

QBs: Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis (2)

Ryan Ready to Go....Mostly (AJC)

It was always a pretty safe lock that the men from Flowery Branch would keep Davis as the number 2 quarterback, even though he had a somewhat inconsistent preseason in his second year, he’s still got promise as a young QB. The question was always what they were going to do after the top two. Some felt that the Falcons would keep 7th round pick Sean Renfree as their 3rd QB on their roster and not risk sending him to the practice squad.

That decision was made somewhat easy by the unfortunate late injury to Renfree, as they had to put him on the injured reserve list. The question now is whether they will opt to sign a veteran backup as they did last year when they picked up Luke McCown. There’s not a lot out there after the first cuts. Only David Carr and Seneca Wallace come to mind, but are they worth a roster spot?

A Ton of Running Backs

RBs: Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, Bradie Ewing, Antone Smith, Josh Vaughan (6)

SJax a Lone Preseason Bright Spot (AJC)

This is surely a first in the Smith / Dimitroff Era: keeping 6 total running backs. The first two are obvious locks in Jackson and Rodgers. The 1-2 punch that fans hope will keep defenses on their heels in 2013. Snelling was always a likely lock due to his extreme versatility and overall value to the team, including the all-important special teams, even though some felt that Snelling might have the target on his back from Josh Vaughn’s fantastic preseason camp.

Bradie Ewing seemed to be in doubt for awhile as Patrick Dimarco looked decent at times, but mainly there was concern about his long-term health. After suffering a season-ending ACL tear in his first preseason game, Ewing quickly made an exit to the trainer’s table very early in camp. As his health progressed, so too did his chances of keeping a spot. The last two are a very interesting dichotomy.

Cone Nabs #5 After All (AJC)

Many felt it would be an either-or regarding Antone Smith and Josh Vaughn. Smith has been the long-trusted special teams player, but Vaughan stole the show with his impressive preseason capped off by a spectacular 65-yard touchdown bolt. So they decided to keep both. It may simply be a trial run to see if Vaughan can takeover Smith’s special teams duties, because the future looks bright for the former undrafted free agent. Maybe they simply added a 6th RB when they gained a position from not carrying 3 QBs, as they did last year.

No Surprise After All @ Wide Receiver

WRs: Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Drew Davis, Kevin Cone (5)

DJ to Practice Squad (AJC)

After it seemed as though it could come down to the wire and have a different receiver lineup than 2012, it falls in line exactly as it was last year. Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Harry Douglas were always locks and it was believed that Drew Davis had a pretty strong hold on the #4 spot after an impressive start, even though finishing on an uneven keel. The final spot came down to Kevin Cone and undrafted free agent Darius Johnson. Cone had a decent preseason with a few catches, but Johnson stole the show in Tennessee with his amazing catch, juke, and jolt for a touchdown. He seemed to have playmaker written all over him.

Ultimately, this one has to be chalked up to special teams. Johnson is on the smaller side and Cone is likely better on special teams with his size and speed. So far, no team has claimed Darius Johnson and maybe the Falcons can hold onto him for next year, because of all the receivers not named Roddy or Julio, he might have the most long-term upside. Harry Douglas should be concerned in 2014 if 2013 isn’t stellar.

Standard Set at Tight End, but No Replacement Yet

TEs: Tony Gonzalez, Chase Coffman, Levine Toilolo (3)

Gonzo Back and Ready (AJC)

The writing was on the wall way back before mini-camp even started. The odd release / non-signing of dependable #2 tight end Michael Palmer signaled that the Falcons would always stick with Coffman and 4th round draft pick Toilolo after the 1st ballot Hall of Famer Gonzalez. Barring anything crazy, the Stanford TE would certainly get one spot to develop and Coffman the other after showing glimpses last season. While Coffman had an overall good preseason, Toilolo was a ghost in his first action as a pro. So far, neither has shown they’re ready to fill the jumbo-sized shoes of Gonzalez.

Worried About an Offensive Line in Flux

OL: Sam Baker, Lamar Holmes, Ryan Schraeder, Jeremy Trueblood, Justin Blalock, Garrett Reynolds, Harland Gunn, Peter Konz, Joe Hawley (9)

With few exceptions, the Falcons have kept 9 offensive lineman in the Smith / Dimitroff regime. The standard OL were obvious: Baker, Blalock, Konz, Reynolds, and Holmes. the OL generally had a very poor overall preseason, especially the right side of the line. However, it would be unfair and unjust to solely blame the new guy Holmes on the right. All the Falcons starting OL had issues at one point or another. They showed spurts of good (1st half vs. Ravens, 1st quarter vs. Titans), but generally has left fans full of panic.

Can OL Block for these Guys? (AJC)

Joe Hawley makes it another year as the Falcons backup center / guard, and his versatility surely helps in that arena. Harland Gunn is the big winner of the major battle between he, Phillpkeith Manley, and Jacques McClendon (who was picked up by the Jaguars). The final two who initially made the roster were Ryan Schraeder and Terren Jones. News came down today, however, that the men in red and black signed veteran OT Jeremy Youngblood and released Terren Jones (even though he may take Manley’s spot on the practice squad).

Schraeder deserves the chance to develop after a good season and the injury to Mike Johnson gave his chances a boost. Youngblood is an insurance policy in the same vein of a Will Svitek, a vet who’s started 84 games, but isn’t the biggest of names to sit on the sideline. As predicted a long time ago, this team will sink or swim with this group of offensive linemen.

Defensive Line High on Versatility, Low on Beef

DEs: Osi Umenyiora, Jonathan Massaquoi, Malliciah Goodman, Stansly Maponga (4);

DTs: Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Peria Jerry, Travian Robertson (4);

Swing Positions: Kroy Biermann, Cliff Matthews (2)

DL Up and Down (AJC)

Dimitroff drafted two defensive ends and brought Umenyiora in during free agency in a major revamp to the Falcons defensive line. The former Giants DE slides into John Abraham’s old spot and that remains to be see whether he’ll at least match Abe’s production, but preseason has been hopeful. Massaquoi has had one of the most impressive preseasons of any player and should be getting a starting nod opposite Umenyiora. Biermann returns “offically” as a defensive end, but it’s becoming increasingly aware that he will probably be more of an outside linebacker / hybrid than a pure DE, and that’s music to most fans ears.

Goodman and Maponga obviously get the benefit of the doubt as fresh draft picks and Goodman, in particular, showed some promise in preseason. Maponga was likely never going to get back to full speed after a late injury in college. Perhaps Goodman will get some looks in 2013, but Maponga is a candidate for the inactive list as a rookie.

Peters Seems Back (AJC)

The defensive tackle position actually showed a good deal of promise in the preseason, with the most welcome news seeing Peria Jerry look as good as he has since being a 1st round draft pick in 2009. Babineaux showed he’s got plenty left in the tank and Peters had a pretty solid training camp as well. Travian Robertson got the nod again, but didn’t do much of anything in preseason even though many fans have high hopes for him. Cliff Matthews may be listed as a defensive end, but he’ll likely see more as a DT in Mike Nolan’s highly unpredictable scheme. This defensive line will be highly versatile, but there’s not a ton of girth on the line to occupy blockers, but that’s the standard for a Mike Smith defense in Atlanta.

A Surprising Strength @ Linebacker?

LBs: Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent, Stephen Nicholas, Joplo Bartu, Paul Worrilow (5)

Can Alford Grow Up in a Hurry? (AJC)

The rage of preseason has been those awesome undrafted free agents and fans hoping and praying that the Falcons would come to their senses and put both on the active roster, putting neither at risk of being poached from the practice squad. It may have been sheer luck, but Thomas Dimitroff may have saved his draft class early on after he chose not to draft a single linebacker in April’s NFL Draft. They were both longshots to even make the practice squad, but Bartu and Worrilow have not only played themselves in a roster spot, but possibly even playing time. They will have to earn their stripes on special teams, but if they show they can handle the big-time, they could play a big role in Nolan’s “amoeba” defense. Both have shown they can run, tackle, cover, and just “play ball.”

Even though Bartu and Worrilow are getting all the news and hype, they likely won’t see many pure defensive snaps for awhile. With the nickel likely being the main defense, it appears that either Akeem Dent or Stephen Nicholas will pair with Weatherspoon on anything other than 1st and 2nd downs. Both LB’s had up and down preseasons, and neither showed much progress in the pass game. A final wildcard is Biermann. While he is still listed as a DE, he might be moving into the #2 overall LB ahead of both Dent and Nicholas (he was listed as starting OLB in game #3). One final twist might be to see Zeke Motta play more of a safety / linebacker role as well. It’s way too early to call LB a strength due to Weatherspoon’s absence and recovery from injury, Biermann’s possible transition to LB, and Dent / Nicholas’ weaknesses in pass coverage. However, the potential is there to give Nolan the versatility he craves.

A Mix of Vets and Youth in Secondary

CBs: Asante Samuel, Desmond Trufant, Robert McClain, Robert Alford, Dominique Franks (5);

S: Thomas DeCoud, William Moore, Kemal Ishmael, Zeke Motta, Shann Schillinger (5)

Trufant Prepares for 1st Start (AJC)

The Falcons return vets Samuel, Moore, and DeCoud to a secondary that played a part in the Falcons 2012 success, the latter two earning their first Pro Bowl selections. As long as Samuel and Moore can stay healthy and DeCoud can learn to tackle, the Falcons should be solid again.

Of course the big news of the 2013 draft was the Falcons trading draft picks to move up and select Desmond Trufant and following that up with the selection of Robert Alford. The Falcons revamped their cornerback corps with two quick draft picks. They released Dunta Robinson and let both Brent Grimes and Chris Owens walk to other teams in free agency. Both definitely took their lumps in preseason, but also showed grit, toughness, and flashes of promise as well. Trufant gets the starting nod and Alford will likely take the dime back role behind McClain in the depth chart. Both are extremely talented, but also very young.

Robert McClain was the breakout player in 2013 and looks only to improve in his second year under Mike Nolan. He didn’t have the best of preseasons, but that can apply to many to most Falcons players. McClain still likely occupies the nickel role until further notice. Credit Dominique Franks for battling and seizing his roster spot despite heavy competition.

OL Biggest Concern (AJC)

The backup safety spot is the biggest of surprises. The Falcons elected to keep 3 backup safeties: Kemal Ishmael, Zeke Motta, and Shann Schillinger. Schilliger makes a triumphant return to the team he was cut from only a year ago and much of that is probably due to his special teams work. Ishmael beat veteran Charles Mitchell in straight up battle for a final spot and Zeke Motta may in fact be that type of S / LB hybrid that many fans hoped for in 2013. Even though some will be inactive, it surely gives the Falcons youth and versatility on defense.

Rock Solid Specialists

Matt Bryant, Matt Bosher, Josh Harris (3)

The specialists return to a Falcons unit that was among the best in the NFL. Bryant is the other Matty Ice, Bosher only keeps getting better, and Harris has been perfect so far in his long snaps.

674 comments Add your comment

Arno

September 3rd, 2013
10:41 pm

A premium content headline says Falcons flipped 36% of roster. Dimitroff said a couple of months ago that the preseason was for ‘flushing’ the bottom third of the roster. ‘Flushing’ sounded like a pretty extreme word to me, but it does show Dimitroff’s philosophy– that the bottom third of a roster is supposed to be given a good shake. So 4 udfa making the roster could be considered consistent with his methods.

bigslow

September 3rd, 2013
11:08 pm

lets get it started in here. great post D3.

Birdman

September 4th, 2013
7:03 am

Morning Cage

Is it Sunday….No it’s just Wednesday . !!

Wings

September 4th, 2013
8:39 am

Kens S in previous post:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT. For those who still insist on believing preseason is an accurate judge of what we can expect from the Falcons during the regular season, consider this. The Falcons have gone 1-10 over the last 3 preseasons & 36-12 over the last 3 regular seasons. What does that tell you about using preseason results to predict our Falcons?

Maybe there is a correlation with the number of playoff wins. My favorite quote by any NFL head coach comes from Vince Lombardi:

WINNING IS EVERYTHING!

snacktastic

September 4th, 2013
8:53 am

I’d be getting the shakes if not for a whole day’s worth of college football this past weekend. Broncos/Ravens tomorrow night will help.

WaltBBall

September 4th, 2013
9:03 am

Smitty has always used preseason as an evaluation tool and so far the regular season has been pretty good. I think he takes preseason seriously but only for evaluation and reducing injuries to starters and the results stand on its own.

Matty Bicep

September 4th, 2013
10:00 am

I will tell you how relevant the pre-season is to post season success, Baltimore FINISHED the season 1-4 last year, IN DECEMBER.

So, if December is somewhat irrelevant as to what will happen in the post season, your gonna struggle to convince me that August matters.

This is the kind of stuff that gets me into trouble around here, but I just think every game is somewhat irrelevant once it over to be honest. It is about getting to the dance, and somewhat letting fate take its course. Bill Parcells said it bet, it is the team who plays the best at the right time.

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Unca' Bob

September 4th, 2013
10:03 am

The Time is NOW

September 4th, 2013
10:05 am

Good read, D3. Thanks!

Now that the games are about to begin, I’m ready to make my prediction for this season. Last year I called the record right, but I missed on all the losses. This year, I’ll just stick with a predicted W/L record: 10-6.

This team has too much talent at the “skill” positions to not make the playoffs. If the Falcons can win a few big games and go into the playoffs playing well, the sky is the limit (like some of the recent Super Bowl years for GB or the NYG). The rookies and new starters will have to get schooled some and grow into NFL players by the end of the season. This team has plenty of question marks, as has been noted here in the Cage. We will see if the team is able to find ways to mitigate their weaknesses. I believe they will. Despite an up and down regular season, this year may well be the year we finally raise the Lombardi trophy (as long as the OL can keep Matty Ice healthy).

The Time is NOW

September 4th, 2013
10:11 am

Unca’ Bob
September 4th, 2013
10:03 am

Nothing like a little bulletin board fodder before a season opening rivalry game…

Kens Strickland

September 4th, 2013
10:12 am

John Waynesworld

September 4th, 2013
12:04 pm

Good stuff, D3. Your article as usual sets us up well as we come closer to game day. New starters will be scrutinized, depth will be monitored and the fans will be pumped up for the big tilt in the Big Sleazy. The new season is around the corner!

I am stoked for our guys to go marching down into the PooperDome and kick some Ain’ts butt!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!

Die Hard Falcon

September 4th, 2013
12:30 pm

T – Minus 4 days and counting!

I am so ready for this game, I actually get butterflies when I think about this week 1, normally I’m just excited for the season to begin, but playing week 1 in the sewer city against the team I HATE more than anyone else; I want blood, I want us to come out swinging this year. I hope Brees comes out and does his stupid little chicken dance before the game and talks about how they own the division, and then I hope we pick him off 5 times again and shut him up.

I am calm again. Regarding the final 53, I guess this is who we roll with, I like the signing of Trueblood as insurance, but I hope we don’t need him, I would really like to see Holmes figure it out and see out OL gel as the season goes on.

Go Falcons!!!

Arno

September 4th, 2013
1:19 pm

Rob Ryan will bring added pressure, with various disguises, and try to exploit an untested o-line. Koetter knows Rob Ryan will bring added pressure, with various disguises, and try to exploit an untested o-line. Recall Julio can run a screen, too. I don’t see how the Saints can cover all the hot read possibilities.

John Waynesworld

September 4th, 2013
1:26 pm

Hey LOSEHARD AIN’T, your Sh-Yawn Payton compact sausage smoker has been repaired and has been shipped back to your mama’s basement, along with a complimentary pack of Vicodin and a Sh-Yawn Payton Droopy Dog prayer mat. Enjoy, Troll!

Die Hard Falcon

September 4th, 2013
2:12 pm

Don’t see too many trolls in here, I forgot about them.

Well, we won’t see any in here after this week, I know that. Get back in the government cheese line troll! Shouldn’t you be out spending your 1st of the month check?

Julius the Kicker

September 4th, 2013
4:14 pm

Greeting!!! Cage,

I can’t believe FINALLY football season is about to start.
First of all, another good post, D3. Your post keep me going in slow & boring none football season.
Second of all, also, thank you for all cage member who put their football opinion in here. I learn a lot from you guys.
Last but not least, GO FALCON!!!
I am not as ready as player cause my wife won’t let me buying big led TV. As these player mold together as one team, I will work my way to buy TV before SuperBowl. Thus, I can watch our Falcon win the games.

Paddy O

September 4th, 2013
4:36 pm

JB: Good point on last post; but, the over confidence we typically show in our O lines frequently gets MR2 hit – so, that makes me a bit nervous – but, yeah – I’d say NO has a rougher shake down maiden voyage for 2013 than we.

Paddy O

September 4th, 2013
4:36 pm

D3- excellent write up!

Paddy O

September 4th, 2013
4:37 pm

The main problem with HD the last couple of seasons is he has VERY bad habit of choking on a big gainer player.

JB Falcon

September 4th, 2013
5:21 pm

Looks like D3 needs to do a little housecleaning. Everytime you open up a new post (door) it seems like some trash always blows in.

Big Ray

September 4th, 2013
6:28 pm

Rob Ryan can bring all the heat he wants in the form of blitzes.

Screen passes will eat the Saints alive. That is, if Steven Jackson doesn’t eat them alive by himself.

Ryan will be desperate. And we will capitalize.

JJ

September 4th, 2013
6:30 pm

Taint bug spray on the way!!!

D3

September 4th, 2013
6:33 pm

Ahhhh, love that Orkin man. Worth every penny………… :grin:

He prescribed an extra strong dose of anti-ignorance, anti-stupidity, anti-incompetence, and general knuckle-dragging, mouth breathing swamp trash spray for those sh–theels.

JB Falcon

September 4th, 2013
7:05 pm

No podcast tonight?

Sportaree

September 4th, 2013
7:13 pm

D3 Please keep that spray close by cause those Aints are little and hard to see.

JJ

September 4th, 2013
7:13 pm

JJ

September 4th, 2013
7:15 pm

went on strike until you join us…tomorrow or sunday…6:30pm…no pressure but your participation AND OTHERS will decide the cages podcast!!!

JJ

September 4th, 2013
7:22 pm

We want ALL cagers to participate on the podcast!
- Its soo easy, u just call in and talk on your phone!
- No prep needed, just an opinion.

My personal guest wish list:

ALL YOU FRICKIN CAGERS…OBCM TO NEWBIES TO ALL FEMALES…ITS A BLAST!!!

Greg Mendel

September 4th, 2013
7:23 pm

I love the smell of Malathion in the morning! Or evening.

Greg Mendel

September 4th, 2013
7:30 pm

Last time I made a podcast, I got snagged on mermaid. Lake Sinclair, 1994, if I correctly recall.

JJ

September 4th, 2013
7:32 pm

BR, Sorry but my inner Darrel came out…lol, no offense DS!

Rocky

September 4th, 2013
7:48 pm

Elvis, Tell your dad hes a pussycat AND his brother f21 as well!!!

Rocky

September 4th, 2013
7:55 pm

Others for podcast:
-KEN
-WR
-UB
-JWW
-TYLER
-SNACK
JWW
-F21
-JOSH M.
-BA
- TRUTH

Rocky

September 4th, 2013
7:59 pm

AND MANY MORE: SINSIN, CBRASS, Elizabeth …
Point is, the podcast will die unless we get new blood each and every week.
So please give it a try unless you like to hear my ugly mug each week!!!

Rocky

September 4th, 2013
8:14 pm

weak…another beer JJ as u win another ffl championship!!!

JB Falcon

September 4th, 2013
8:41 pm

GM, “Malathion”? Is that something you’re smoking and seeing mermaids?

Greg Mendel

September 4th, 2013
9:05 pm

JB:

Naw, D3’s Malathion bug spray got rid of the troll, which was refreshing. Then I read about podcasts, which made me dizzy and disoriented — because I don’t know squat about “pods.” Anybody who’s ever seen me fish knows I don’t know much about casting either.

But I DID get my line snagged on a mermaid in Lake Sinclair in 1994. It could have been a submerged BBQ grill or Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle, but I like to think it was a mermaid.

(See there? That’s why you don’t want me podcasting.)

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falcon21

September 4th, 2013
9:19 pm

Greg, it sounds like you, along with JJ would be a blast on the podcast. Rocky, tell your master to stop soaking your doggie biscuits in vodka, another FFL Championship, LOL. Just joking JJ!!!

Elvis

September 4th, 2013
9:24 pm

Rocky, my Dad spends all day, every day, talking on the telephone trying to make a living so that he can buy me food and toys. He has this disease call “telephoneitis” whereas, after eight hours of talking on the telephone, he becomes very grumpy and disagreeable on the telephone. I know he is a true Falcon fan and he, as well as I, am looking forward to our next game. My only problem I have with him is when the Falcons make a good play he yells out and then gets on my ass because I start howling when he can’t hear the announcers telling him what happened. I don’t really understand him, He says that I don’t know when to shut up. Dog owners could learn a lot from us dogs if they would learn to understand what we are trying to say.

JB Falcon

September 4th, 2013
9:39 pm

Just going into human mode here. It’s interesting that dogs are smarter than us. I do wish I had their ability to forcast and predict things. Elvis says that we are going to win the Super Bowl this year, but what does a dog know?

Big Ray

September 4th, 2013
9:56 pm

JJ ,

You are too funny, man. :lol:

Matty Bicep

September 4th, 2013
11:17 pm

Well, if you put. 32 plates of dog food out and a team logo on the bottom, and you picked the first one he ate from as the SB champ, I don’t think you would do worse then, say, ESPN writers.

Michael

September 4th, 2013
11:32 pm

D3

I am very glad the team decided to keep both UD linebackers. I do wish they had found some way to keep continuity with the O-line though in not letting Clabo become a cap casualty, especially since we knew McClure would be retiring and we would have a 2nd year player switching from guard to center. And even though center is his natural position, this will be his first full season playing it in the NFL.

Like so many fans, I was secretly hoping we could have kept Abe as well as Osi for this run. Good GM’s admit they can’t. Great GM’s find a way. Of course, I would not have spent money on SJax as I felt we would be OK with Rodgers and Snelling and could have used those dollars on the Off and Def lines. I hope we don’t live to regret it.

Finally, a bit of bad news. After watching Ryan for 5 years now and hearing former players/now broadcasters comment on him, it seems the way you stop Ryan is by taking his first option away. He still struggles noticeably when trying to read through his progressions, even when he has time in the pocket. Great teams know this and will take his first option away and force him to adjust (see NFC championship game and 4th and 4 play). It could be a long season for him. And having a bargain basement makeshift line doesn’t help.

Can’t wait to see how it all unfolds and praying my concerns about the off and def lines do not come to pass. I still want Mike Smith gone and beginning to have serious doubts about Dimitroff as well. Let the games begin!

PoolerSpirit

September 4th, 2013
11:41 pm

MB… I thought Yasinkas, the ESPN writer, picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl… and who can afford thirty two cans of dog food these days?

Kens Strickland

September 5th, 2013
12:48 am

SPeyton & DBrees are shaking in their boots not knowing what to expect from the Falcons on either side of the ball. They know their WORST DEF IN ALMOST 40YRS won’t stop 1 of the best passing OFFs in over 40yrs. However, they don’t have a clue how their NFL WORST DEF, especially against the run, will fair against our NEW & IMPROVED rushing OFF.

With more size, speed, quickness, athleticism, versatility & youth along our DL, at LB & DB, will Nolan once again be able to totally confuse DBrees? While everyone is focusing on our dynamic passing OFF, and how RRyan will generate a pass rush to get to MRyan, it will be lights out if the AINTS/TAINTS DEF doesn’t stop our rushing OFF.

I can’t wait to see how effective our front 4 can be in generating a consistent pass rush, with a healthy & stronger CPeters & JBabineaux at DT & Massaquoi/Biermann, as well as a motivated Osi, at DE. if we can generate a consistent pass rush with our front 4, Brees will catch hell trying to pick apart our secondary without time to read his progressions or time for his receivers to complete their patterns.

Keep in mind, aside from DSproles, the AINTS/TAINTS receivers aren’t very fast or quick. They are, however, excellent at reading & beating zones. They finished with a league worst pass DEF even with DE WSmith, and he’s now out for the season. Their bottom of the pile rushing DEF will likely be without JVilma.

Elvis_is_Alive

September 5th, 2013
6:25 am

So we have an “ELVIS IMITATOR” on the cage blog..tsk tsk young thief..no need for imitators..find a new name..like Wayne or Bobby..there is only one ELVIS as I copyrighted (c) my moniker on D-Led’s Blog last year.
Rise up..Angry Birds..Rise Up
Falcons 45-Saints 7

Elvis the KING…has left the building

Birdman

September 5th, 2013
7:13 am

Morning Cage. I hope all are well.

Is it Sunday yet.!! What a way to start a season with our our old buddies the Saints in there house.Its gonna be a long and fun ride this year . So we are riding around Ya’ll get in.

JB
I have a full blooded Walker hound thats 11 months old . He is my daughters dog and he barks all the time .His name is Shylow but it should be Elvis . Because he ant nothin but a hound dog that barks all the time LOL

GO FALCONS !!!!!! 1 & 0