Allen and I are back this week to talk about the second week of Atlanta Falcons training camp with our friend Raekwon Gilbert, a contributor at Blogging Dirty and DBN Fanatics. We are also joined by NFL.com‘s Chris Wesseling later in the show to talk about the Falcons and the rest of the NFL at large.
But first with Raekwon, we hit on the following topics among many others:
- (3:30) The players that have emerged through the early days of camp, with particular note on Ricardo Allen’s emergence and the brewing battle between Paul Worrilow and Deion Jones at linebacker.(
- (8:15) How the Falcons can possibly replace Nate Stupar’s impact on special teams.
- (10:00) The offense looking out of sync early in camp and what adjustments Kyle Shanahan is prepared to make this season.
- (12:05) Austin Hooper’s contributions and expectations this season.
- (13:50) Lance Moore’s retirement and figuring out why he was signed.
- (18:55) Tevin Coleman and Devin Fuller’s potential impact as returners on special teams.
- (23:50) The addition of Dwight Freeney and the influence he could have on Vic Beasley’s development.
- (33:45) The accuracy of the unofficial depth chart
- (40:10) Whether or not there will be any challengers to Jonathan Babineaux’s throne as the team’s most reliable defensive lineman.
- (43:00) What things we’re looking forward to seeing in the Falcons’ first preseason action this week as well as discussing the team’s depth at cornerback and offensive tackle.
- (49:40) I explain why I’m still on #TeamJamesStone
Raekwon departs the show (53:05) and we welcome Chris onto the show to discuss some of the following topics and more:
- (55:00) The many positive additions the Falcons made this offseason and questions about Beasley’s progress as an impact defender.
- (59:55) Whether or not Shanahan is getting a bad wrap by Falcons fans.
- (1:01:15) Mohamed Sanu’s potential to breakout this year, as well as comparing him to Travis Benjamin and whether or not his presence will marginalize Justin Hardy in the offense in 2016.
- (1:06:45) Chris gives his thoughts on how the rest of the NFC South stacks up.
- (1:10:20) Chris thinks that the Seattle Seahawks are a “re-ascending” team in the NFC.
- (1:12:15) Chris shares his thoughts on how the New England Patriots continue to dominate the AFC.
- (1:13:25) How the Tennessee Titans might be a sleeper and how wide open the AFC South is this year.
- (1:15:00) Which team should emerge as the NFC East’s best in 2016.
- (1:15:35) Chris discusses his upcoming projects at NFL.com and whether or not he puts much stock in the preseason.
- (1:17:35) Chris gives his thoughts on whether Tevin Coleman is poised to improve this year.
- (1:18:05) Chris shares his low level of interest in the Los Angeles Rams and Hard Knocks this year.
At (1:20:20) Chris leaves and Allen and I do are standard long-winded outro. In it we discuss which is the better of the two Gus Johnsons and the much-exaggerated demise of the Denver Broncos. We also spend way too much time discussing how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be a team to keep an eye on in 2016.
Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes
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