Let’s examine a few of the few remaining key position battles on offense. The performances of respective players at these positions tonight will be the final determining factor in whether they make the Falcons roster this season:
While Sean Renfree has pulled ahead of T.J. Yates, thanks to the latter’s poor preseason play, that doesn’t mean that Renfree has automatically won the job. Renfree is still a relatively green NFL quarterback, and it remains to be seen if the Falcons want to have him as the one player that could make the difference in whether the team makes the playoffs or not, in the event of a Matt Ryan injury. Yates’ struggles could easily be attributed to still having a poor grasp of the offense. And it’s feasible that the coaching staff decide that with more time Yates’ play could improve as the season wears on.
But all that will depend on their play in the final preseason game. It’s likely that both Yates and Renfree will split snaps, each playing an entire half of the game. It should give both ample opportunities to prove their mettle and be the major deciding factor in who stays. If Yates can close the gap on Thursday night against the Jaguars, then it’s conceivable he could win the job. But if the status quo remains, and Renfree outplays Yates, the job goes to the former.