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 Post subject: Ulmer's days in Atlanta done?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 3:46 am 
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As many probably know, the Falcons are courting Eagles LB Ike Reese. Reese is set to sign with the Falcons if the Eagles don't make a significant counter offer.

It seems from this latest info on Reese's signing, who has been a stellar ST player over his career, and the fact that one of the things the team has stocked up on with street FAs is OLBs, it would seem that guys like Artie Ulmer and Eric Johnson are no longer in the cards.

Ulmer wasn't much on defense, but you likely him because he was versatile, capable of playing either SLB or MLB, or even WLB, and could work in either the 3-4 or 4-3.

But the team has added guys like John Leake, Adrian Archie, Jordan Kramer, Michael Brown, and Donny Green since January. All these guys are speedy LBs that none really have great upside on defense, but look like they project well to special teams.

Does this mean McKay is going to let Ulmer walk? He's never been a guy that has been a huge priority re-signing by the team in past off-seasons. Basically, it's been Reeves/McKay saying, "Artie, here's a 1 year minimum deal. If you don't find anything else better out there, we want you back."

But now it seems McKay is posturing for life after Artie Ulmer, who has been the leader on ST the past few years. It's just hard for me to imagine a super loyal guy like DeCamillis just saying, "OK, Artie can walk."

But from these moves, it would seem that is the case. Do people think McKay is in the process of overhauling the LB corps (at least the depth), or is this just a case of the Falcons bolstering depth with intentions of still retaining guys like Ulmer and Eric Johnson?

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I definately think Ulmer's days in Atlanta are over. Ulmer is a versatile player that plays very well on ST's but let's be honest, he isn't much depth at the position. Also, McKay has been stressing speed on defense ever since his arrival. We're going to be getting younger and faster on defense for certain.

Draft's future with the team is cloudy at the moment as well imo.


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I hope MLB is upgraded through the upcoming draft but, I think Chris Draft would be great as a backup and teacher for a young kid learning the system.


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