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Romberg returns again

September 12th, 2011 Comments off

The Falcons announced that they have re-signed center Brett Romberg for the second time in two weeks. The team waived center Rob Bruggeman to make room for Romberg. The Falcons originally signed Romberg on August 30, after an injury to starter Todd McClure. But he was cut a few days later during the Falcons final roster cutdown to 53 players.

Romberg played in 9 games in 2009 with the Falcons.

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Falcons cut 10 to get down to 53

September 3rd, 2011 Comments off

The Falcons announced the last ten roster moves to get down to the 53-player limit today. The cuts included: S Rafael Bush, WR Kevin Cone, WR D.J. Davis, OG Andrew Jackson, LB Robert James, C Brett Romberg, DE Emmanuel Stephens, OT Jose Valdez, and QB John Parker Wilson. The team also announced that it reached an injury settlement with TE Ryan Winterswyk, resulting in his release as well.

Prominent among the moves was the departure of Wilson, who made the Falcons team as their third quarterback the past two seasons since being an undrafted rookie in 2009. Jackson, was the Falcons lone draft pick in their 2011 draft class that did not make the roster. James was a 2008 draft pick that had bounced off and on the Falcons roster over the past two seasons, spending most of the past two seasons on the practice squad. Valdez spent the past two years on the practice squad as well. Bush was on the Falcons practice squad a year ago. Romberg was signed by the Falcons earlier this week to add depth behind injured center Todd McClure, but the team opted instead to keep Rob Bruggeman as the team’s third center on opening day for the second year in a row.

Prominent among the players that the Falcons apparently are keeping on their 53-man roster is cornerback Darrin Walls, who made the team as an undrafted free agent. Also defensive tackle Carlton Powell made the roster as a fifth defensive tackle. Powell joined the Falcons on August 14, only a week before they broke training camp, showing he could beat the odds and impress the team despite others getting a two-week head start.

The Falcons will need to establish a practice squad tomorrow consisting of eight players. Many of the players cut today and yesterday will be eligible. The Falcons may make other moves in the week before the regular season starts as they scour the waiver wire to add other players were cut around the league.

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Romberg returns to Falcons

August 30th, 2011 Comments off

The Falcons announced the release of six players today to get their roster number down to 79 players. Instead of that extra spot being filled by safety James Sanders, the team opted to sign center Brett Romberg in the wake of the news that starting center Todd McClure is out for at least the season opener.

Romberg has been out of football since being cut by the Falcons last September. Romberg joined the Falcons prior to the 2009 season and played in 9 games that year as the backup to McClure. His experience in the system allows him to provide valuable depth at the center position and another option if the Falcons deem Hawley incapable of replacing McClure.

Romberg originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. There he was coached by current Falcons O-line coach Paul Boudreau. When Boudreau was hired by the St. Louis Rams in 2006, Romberg followed his coach there. With the Rams, Romberg started 18 of 33 games for the Rams at center over the next three years before following Boudreau to Atlanta in 2009.

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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.

Revisiting the Final Roster Prediction

August 23rd, 2010 Comments off

We’re halfway through the preseason and training camp has finally wrapped up. I wanted to look at the final roster prediction that I made at the start of camp to see if there were any revisions that I wanted to make.

And there aren’t a lot.

QB: This spot remains unchanged with Ryan, Redman, and Wilson locking up spots.

RB: I am not as confident with my prediction of Antone Smith, because I think he and Dimitri Nance overall have been relatively even. However, I am tending to lean towards the Falcons signing a veteran running back off the waiver wires come the end of this month rather than going with either of the youngsters. I do think the Falcons will keep a fourth running back because of the injuries woes of Jerious Norwood. I just am less sure it will be someone currently on this roster, and instead Smith or Nance will wind up on the practice squad. And I don’t think Klecko has shown enough to stick as an extra fullback.

WR: At wide receiver, Meier is out for the year with injury. And because of the injury to Jenkins, I still think the team will keep six wideouts. I think Bergeron is the front runner for that sixth and final roster spot, although again, I do think the Falcons will be paying attention to which players are cut next week in case a veteran becomes available.

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Camp Battles ’10: Offensive Line

July 21st, 2010 Comments off

The offensive line may be the only area of the team’s offense that might see a change in the starting lineup this season.

That would likely come at guard, as third round pick Mike Johnson pushes for playing time. More than likely, Justin Blalock will be looking over his shoulder more than Harvey Dahl, since Johnson should have an easier transition to the pros playing on the left side rather than the right. But more than likely, Blalock will retain his starting gig as the Falcons try to build and maintain continuity up front.

Even with the starting lineup likely to go unchanged, there will be a ton of competition for the reserve spots. A typical NFL team only has to keep eight linemen, although the Falcons kept nine for most last season. Because the team will have one or two less players than there are positions on the line, versatility is very important.

Will Svitek can play either tackle position. Quinn Ojinnaka has experience at all five positions. Garrett Reynolds worked both at guard and tackle last summer. Brett Romberg has also played both center and guard in Atlanta. And rookies Johnson and Joe Hawley also have experience playing more than one position in college. Those five players will be the most likely to land the four likely to be available reserve spots.

More than likely, the Falcons would like to keep both rookies on the roster. But just in case neither is quite ready to contribute right away off the bench, the need for the two remaining veterans to be able to play all five positions increases.

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Camp Battles: Offensive Line

July 7th, 2009 Comments off

Barring some unforseen injury, it’s doubtful the Falcons five starters will change from last year. Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl, and Tyson Clabo are all set to open the season as the team’s starting five, and something significant would need to happen in order to change that.

The battles here will come for who will sit the bench. Most NFL teams keep a rotation of eight linemen, but usually keep a ninth guy for emergency purposes, meaning that there are probably four open spots on the roster for competition.

The three players that are likely best suited to land three of those spots are Jeremy Newberry, Brett Romberg, and Garrett Reynolds. Newberry is highly experienced and Romberg is a favorite of Paul Boudreau as he played under him in both Jacksonville and St. Louis. Reynolds is the team’s fifth round draft pick and expected to compete for the utility backup position. While the team counts Baker as healthy for the time being, his injuries the past two seasons mean there is some concern over whether he can stay healthy for 16 games, meaning the need for a guy that can fill in at left tackle (and preferably right tackle as well) is key this summer. Last year, the job was filled by Todd Weiner.

Reynolds draft status insulates him somewhat to possibly landing that job. If he does not get that gig, then the most likely option for the fourth reserve is the guy that does win that role. And most likely that will be either Quinn Ojinnaka or Will Svitek. The team likes Ojinnaka’s versatility as they feel he can play all five line spots, but with having players like Newberry and Romberg on the roster, that doesn’t carry as much weight now as it did in the past.

Also in the mix are Ben Wilkerson, who was the top backup to McClure last year, along with Mike Butterworth, Ryan Stanchek, and Jose Valdez. In all likelihood all three of the latter are longshots to make the roster, and instead will hope to impress enough to land on the practice squad. Wilkerson will be hard-pressed to win a job since the team brought in both Romberg and Newberry, implying that aren’t overly impressed with Wilkerson’s ability to provide depth.

This is one of the few positions on offense that you could potentially see the team still looking to address at the end of camp. If either Reynolds, Ojinnaka, or Svitek has filled the team’s confidence on their ability to fill in as a reserve tackle, you may see the team try to target a veteran on the waiver wire.

Romberg first free agent added to Falcons

March 9th, 2009 Comments off

The Falcons announced their first free agent signing since the signing period began on February 27 with the news that former St. Louis Rams center Brett Romberg signed with the team today. Romberg first visited with the team last Thursday, but with reports that other teams were showing interest the Falcons were able to get him signed.

Terms of Romberg’s contract are not yet known. Romberg has started 18 career games, all of which came in the past two seasons with the Rams. In 2006 and 2007, he played under current Falcons offensive line coach Paul Boudreau with the Rams. He also played under Boudreau when he was an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-05. Romberg originally began his career with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (FL) in 2003. He never played a game with the Jaguars, splitting time on the practice squad and active roster during that span.

Romberg is likely expected to fill a reserve role to Todd McClure. He is the fourth center on the roster, joining McClure, Alex Stepanovich, and Ben Wilkerson. It is possible that one or more of those players will move to guard on the depth chart.

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Smith and Romberg visit Falcons

March 5th, 2009 Comments off

Although a report from the Burlington County Times indicated that free agent tight end L.J. Smith had first visited the Falcons during the first weekend of free agency, NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reports that Smith will in fact visit the Falcons today for the first time. The AJC is also reporting that St. Louis Rams center Brett Romberg will also be visiting the Falcons today.

Scout.com was the first to report the Falcons interest in Smith last week.

Romberg started 18 games the past three seasons with the Rams. He began his career as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. In both places, he played under current Falcons offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. He’s been limited by injuries the past two seasons, missing 9 games.

Romberg will likely be looked at for depth. He played guard while at Miami, but has been mostly restricted to center in the pros.

Thus far the Falcons have been quiet in free agency. Discounting the error about the timing of Smith’s visit, the team has only just begun hosting other team’s players since Tuesday when they had a visit schedule with Packers defensive end Mike Montgomery, but it was canceled once the team re-signed Chauncey Davis.

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