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Falcons cut 20 including two 2008 draft picks

September 4th, 2010 Comments off

The Falcons announced 20 roster moves today in an effort to get their roster down to 53 players. With these twenty moves, the Falcons roster stands at 55 players, although the Falcons hold two extra spots due to the exemptions gained from the suspensions of both James and Babineaux. The Falcons moves included tight end Robbie Agnone, wide receivers Troy Bergeron and Tim Buckley, safeties Eric Brock and Rafael Bush, cornerbacks Dominique Daniels and Chevis Jackson, linebacker Weston Johnson, fullback Dan Klecko, defensive end Maurice Lucas, running back Dimitri Nance, centers Brett Romberg and Blake Schlueter, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens, wide receiver Andy Strickland and Ryan Wolfe, offensive tackle Jose Valdez, linebacker Bear Woods, and tight end Keith Zinger. The team also waived/injured wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, meaning he will be placed on the injured reserve if he clears waivers meaning no other team signs him.

Many of these players will go on the team’s eight man practice squad that can be made starting tomorrow. Included in the cuts are several players that made the Falcons last year, including Romberg, Zinger, and Jackson. Romberg was a free agent signing last season. Zinger and Jackson were both draft picks of the team in 2008.

These moves mean that none of the Falcons seven 2010 draft picks were released and made the roster. Although that is not counting wide receiver Kerry Meier was was placed on injured reserve earlier this summer. Prominent newcomers to the Falcons roster this season include running back Antone Smith, tight end Michael Palmer, and center Rob Bruggeman. Palmer is the only undrafted rookie to make the team. Bruggeman and Smith both spent time on the Falcons practice squad last season.

Camp Battles ’10: Cornerback

July 24th, 2010 Comments off
Dunta Robinson

Dunta Robinson

The cornerback position may face the most competition of any unit on the roster from top to bottom.

Essentially the only player that is assured a roster spot is free agent pickup Dunta Robinson. Robinson was the Falcons most major addition to the roster this off-season. Solid preseason play from this position has been a rarity since Mike Smith took over, and the Falcons hope Robinson can help reverse that.

The other starting position will face heavy competition. Brian Williams is the incumbent, re-signed to a one-year contract, but is coming off a knee injury. Williams had already lost a step before the injury, and it remains to be seen if he still has enough in the tank to hold off the youth the Falcons have at the position.

His chief competition should come from Brent Grimes and/or Chris Owens. Grimes played well in the nickel role last season, and was a playmaker late in the year as a starter. Owens didn’t get a ton of playing time until the last month or so of the season, but showed promise. It would appear the team would prefer having one of them manning the other outside spot opposite Robinson.

Williams was utilized as a slot corner last year, and he it remains to be seen if either Owens or Grimes will get opportunities there as well. Last year when WIlliams went down, that position was manned by Chevis Jackson. Jackson had a disappointing sophomore year, but the coaches hope he can bounce back with a strong summer. Because of his experience playing in the slot, he has a legit chance of earning the nickel back position.

Pushing Jackson will be rookie Dominique Franks. A fifth round pick, Franks probably won’t be counted on to make a big impact as a rookie. He will have a chance to push for a reserve role, but more than likely the Falcons will utilize him on special teams at least early on. But a strong summer from Franks could spell and end to Willaims or Jackson’s Falcon career.

The other corner on the roster is Daylan Walker, an undrafted rookie. It’s also possible that fellow rookie Gabe Derricks may get opportunities here as well, despite being listed as a safety. Both players are long shots to make the roster, and essentially will need strong preseason performance to make the practice squad.

The Falcons will certainly keep five corners, but may opt to go for six, especially if Williams and Jackson show enough to merit being kept around.

Williams out for the season

October 19th, 2009 Comments off
Brian Williams

Brian Williams

The Falcons announced that starting cornerback Brian Williams was placed on injured reserve today, after suffering a torn ACL and other related knee damage in last night’s game vs. the Chicago Bears. Williams, an acquisition picked up from the Jacksonville Jaguars has served as the team’s starting corner since opening day. Williams finishes the season with 18 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.

The loss of Williams presents a large void in the Falcons young secondary. Williams was replaced by Chevis Jackson last night, who consequently was picked on for a touchdown pass on his first play on defense. Jackson, a third round pick in 2008 filled the role as a nickel corner for much of last season, but has gotten limited playing time thus far this year. The team also will look to veteran Tye Hill and rookie Chris Owens to help fill depth. Most likely, nickel corner Brent Grimes will fulfill Williams’ role as starting left corner.

The Falcons have an available roster spot that will be filled in the very near future according to head coach Mike Smith. Cornerback Glenn Sharpe is currently on the practice squad and could be promoted. Also the league’s trade deadline is tomorrow night, meaning it’s possible, albeit slim according to some sources, that the team could try to swing a last minute deal.

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Early Camp Stock Exchange

August 11th, 2009 Comments off

It’s been a little more than a week of camp, and here’s a brief recap of the players that have raised (or lowered) their stock in that time, based upon published reports.

STOCK UP

Thomas DeCoud – Although DeCoud may win the starting gig by default due to an injury to William Moore that will likely keep him out for the rest of the summer, it’s quite possible he would have won the job outright. Most observers have come away praising DeCoud for his ballhawking skills so far this summer.

Brent Grimes – By my own assessment, Grimes entered camp seemingly on the outside looking in. But at this point, he seems to be the early favorite to win the job opposite Chris Houston. Although we should point out that Grimes was impressive in camp last summer, but his play during the regular season was less than stellar. But his stock is also boosted by the fact that he might be the early favorite to replace Harry Douglas as the team’s punt returner with strong showings in preseason games.

Vance Walker – Walker got some early praise from Mike Smith in the opening days of camp. While Walker has no shot of becoming a starter, if he keeps it up, he should certainly land a roster spot and help the team’s rotation.

STOCK DOWN

Jamaal Anderson – Fairly or unfairly, Anderson has a bulls-eye upon him this summer as one of the players that not only Falcon fans, but pundits nationwide are looking to see if he steps up. And in his case, no news isn’t good news. While we’re not saying Anderson is behind in his battle with Chauncey Davis, the fact that he hasn’t pulled ahead significantly by this point doesn’t bode particularly well for him.

Chevis Jackson – Like Anderson, Jackson is fighting for a starting spot, and thus far there have been few reports citing his strong play early in camp. It’s conceivable that if he doesn’t pick it up he could fall all the way to fourth on the depth chart after entering camp as the expected starter.

Roddy White – You won’t count us as one of the Falcon fans that were upset by Roddy’s holdout. But his rep was shaken in the eyes of many, and he’ll have to use the remaining weeks to earn it back. We have little doubt he will.

Camp Battles: Secondary

July 10th, 2009 Comments off

There should be some of the fiercest competition on the roster in the secondary this summer. Erik Coleman seems locked in as the starting free safety. But at the other safety spot, William Moore and Thomas DeCoud are set to compete. Chris Houston is probably a longshot to lose his starting job this summer, but could be challenged somewhat if he doesn’t have a strong summer. The other corner spot will be up for grabs however.

Competing for that vacant corner spot will be Chevis Jackson, Von Hutchins, Brent Grimes, and Chris Owens. Jackson is currently ahead on the depth chart, but there have been reports that the team would rather have him working inside as  the nickel corner this year. That opens up opportunity for the others. Hutchins has the experience, but missed all of last year with injury, and will need to bounce back with a really strong summer. Owens has the speed the team would like to see outside, but he’s a rookie and with veterans ahead of him, it might be best to bring him along a bit more slowly. Grimes handled the gig for the first half of last year before losing his job to Domonique Foxworth. He’ll need to re-instill confidence in the coaching staff. He’s tough and fast, but undersized and it showed too often last year. Unless he’s grown a few inches, he’ll be hard-pressed to win.

Without a strong summer, Grimes could find himself released by the team since he didn’t show great special teams ability last yera.

Also in the mix are David Irons and William Middleton. Both players are likely only going to play on special teams this year. The team likes Middleton’s athleticism, which means he may have greater upside on defense than Irons, who has only gotten a handful of snaps there in the past two seasons.

As for safety, William Moore is probably the safer bet since he’s a better fit for the scheme at strong safety and has much greater upside. But Moore will need to show he’s not a liability in coverage, something that he proved to be on occasion while at Missouri last year. DeCoud is not stellar in coverage either, but is a bit undersized than what the team is looking for at the position. But he’s got a year’s worth of experience over Moore and thus could potentailly have a shorter learning curve as a starter.

Jamaal Fudge has more experience, performing well in a season finale start last year. But he’s only likely looked up on as a fallback option in case either Moore or DeCoud don’t work out. Also in the mix at safety are Eric Brock and Antoine Harris who will need to show ability on special teams and in coverage on defense to stick, since at best they will only be used in the occasional dime package there.  Also at corner are Tony Tiller and Glenn Sharpe, both of whom are unlikely to land a roster spot, but could wind up on the practice squad.

The Falcons will likely keep up to ten defensive backs on the roster. Right now, the safe bets for the starting spots appear to be Jackson and Moore, but Owens and DeCoud aren’t bad options as dark horses.

Falcons high on Delmas

March 29th, 2009 Comments off

Pro Football Weekly is reporting that in their Whispers section that the Falcons are high on Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas. It was reported this past week by Scout.com that Delmas is scheduled for a visit with the team on April 10.

Per PFW’s report, the Falcons are hopeful that one of the top pass rushers in the draft fall to them with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round. And while they like Delmas as a prospect, they don’t necessarily feel he merits a first round pick, making it possible they could trade down from their pick in order to take him.

Delmas is considered undersized by NFL safety standards at 5’11″ 202 pounds, but is noted for his on-field intelligence and ballhawking abilities. He was a four-year starter at Western Michigan, culminating in a senior year where he led the team with 111 tackles and 4 interceptions, also adding 7 passes defended and 4 tackles for loss.

He is rated as the top safety in the draft by NFL.com’s Mike Mayock and Draft Countdown’s Scott Wright. ESPN’s Mel Kiper rates him as the second best safety.

PFW also reports that the Falcons aren’t expected to use a high pick on the cornerback position, due to confidence in Chevis Jackson and/or Von Hutchins to fill the void left by departing free agent cornerback Domonique Foxworth in the starting lineup. Brent Grimes, who started 6 games last year before Foxworth took over, will also be involved in the competition.

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Dahl tops team’s performance-based pay chart

March 24th, 2009 Comments off

Brian McIntyre of FalconInsider.com reports that Falcons guard Harvey Dahl received the most on the team as far as the league’s performance-based pay roll. Annually, the league rewards players with low salaries that earn significant playing time.

Dahl earned the most on the team with $255,938. He started every game at right guard after having earned $445,000 in his regular base salary.

Second on the list was right tackle Tyson Clabo, who pocketed $254,297 adding to his $445,000 base salary as well.

FalconInsider.com lists ten other players’ extra payouts:

Kroy Biermann, DE – $162,469
Justin Blalock, OG – $144,273
Harry Douglas, WR – $112,217
Brent Grimes, CB – $189,409
Chris Houston, CB – $139, 921
Chevis Jackson, CB – $122,031
Justin Peelle, TE – $123,329
Marcus Pollard, TE – $1,386
Jason Snelling, RB – $121,308
Coy Wire, LB – $113,837

Pollard’s was the lowest on the team.

Foxworth headed to Atlanta

September 2nd, 2008 Comments off

The Denver post reported on Monday that the Denver Broncos were on the verge of trading cornerback Domonique Foxworth. CBS 4 out of Denver reports that Foxworth will be traded to the Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick. Foxworth will be a free agent after this season, and according to reports that pick will turn into a sixth rounder if he re-signs with the Falcons after the season.

The Denver Post also reported that the Kansas City Chiefs have shown interest in the young cornerback. Foxworth, a fourth year veteran with the Broncos. The Falcons depth at cornerback was shaken when they lost free agent signing Von Hutchins for the season. In three seasons with the Broncos, Foxworth has started 18 games, recording 173 tackles and 3 interceptions. His best season was as a rookie where he had 70 tackles and 2 interceptions. Foxworth could push Chevis Jackson for the nickel corner spot.

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Hutchins lost for the season

July 28th, 2008 Comments off

The AJC reports that Falcons cornerback Von Hutchins is lost for the season after undergoing surgery today to repair his broken foot. Hutchins was initially diagnosed with a sprain after injuring himself in the team’s first practice on Saturday morning. But upon getting a second opinion received a more grievous prognosis that it was a Lisfranc fracture and he will be out 4-6 months.

Hutchins will be placed on the injured reserve and will miss the entire season. With him out the lineup, rookie Chevis Jackson likely is viewed as the front-runner to win the nickel cornerback role behind starters Chris Houston and Brent Grimes.

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Falcons sign Jackson and DeCoud

June 11th, 2008 Comments off

The team announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to terms with two more draft picks. Cornerback Chevis Jackson and safety Thomas DeCoud, both third round picks, agreed to four-year contracts with the Falcons. To make room for both players on the roster, the team also released reserve tight end George Cooper.

Both Jackson and DeCoud were added in the draft to upgrade a weak secondary. Jackson is expected to eventually compete for the team’s nickel cornerback position and then eventually a starting position. He was a three-year starter at LSU and over his career recorded 8 interceptions and 36 pass deflections. He earned 1st team All-SEC honors this past year as one of the leaders in the national championship LSU secondary.

The Falcons have stated they liked DeCoud’s versatility and believe he can potentially play either safety position. He played primarily free safety at California, where he was only the primary starter for one season. But in that lone season as a senior starter, he recorded 116 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles.

Cooper was originally an undrafted rookie with the Detroit Lions last year, but was cut by the Lions in June. He landed with the Falcons and spent the entire regular season on the team’s practice squad. He is primarily known for his blocking skills, but the addition of draft pick Keith Zinger made him a bit expendable.

The Falcons now have four of their eleven 2008 draft picks under contract.

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