Here are my pre-camp predictions of what the final 53 man roster will look like based on the outcomes of many of these camp battles.
Starter: Matt Ryan
Backups: Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson
I don’t expect the Falcons to keep only two quarterbacks just because I expect Wilson to show enough this summer to merit the Falcons wanting to develop him long-term as the No. 2 to Matt Ryan.
Starters: Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli
Backups: Jerious Norwood, Antone Smith, Jason Snelling
No real surprise here. I think the Falcons will keep a fifth back because of what they learned last year with keeping Aaron Stecker on the roster for so long due to the durability issues of Norwood. I think Smith wins that gig because he provides Smith, which could be missing from the lineup in the event that Norwood gets hurt again. But this may be a position that the Falcons address at the end of camp with a veteran pickup given the potential of needing a more reliable third down back than what Smith may offer.
Starters: Michael Jenkins, Roddy White
Backups: Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran, Kerry Meier, Eric Weems
I think the Falcons will keep six because I think Weems will win one of the return jobs, coupled with the fact that Harry Douglas doesn’t appear to be 100% at this juncture. And I don’t expect that to change over the next month, so the Falcons will want to keep an extra body on the roster for depth.