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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: Tight End

July 20th, 2010 Comments off

There isn’t going to be a lot of competition for the top two spots as Tony Gonzalez and Justin Peelle are locked in there. The main thrust of camp competition will be for the third and likely final tight end spot. Keith Zinger will try to hold off undrafted rookies Colin Peek and Michael Palmer.

Zinger played well last season as the third tight end in the team’s power and jumbo sets. His blocking potential is an asset, but he has shown little to date as a receiver. Both Peek and Palmer show much more potential in the latter, and if they can hit the ground running in camp in terms of their blocking, they stand a fairly good chance of unseating Zinger. Peek in particular shined in the 2010 National Championship game vs. Texas where he dominated eventual second round pick Sergio Kindle as a run blocker. That performance alone probably gives him the edge in my book.

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Camp Battles: Receivers

July 1st, 2009 Comments off

I’ve already detailed the quarterback and running back positions, now it’s on to the tight ends and wide receivers.

At at all three spots, the starters are established with Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Tony Gonzalez. And Harry Douglas is definitely going to make the roster and work out of the slot.

At wideout, Brian Finneran is the most likely candidate to win the fourth receiver spot. While there has been questions of one of the young prospects pushing him for his spot, unless Finneran gets injured, it’s doubtful he won’t be on the team this fall. The Falcons traditionally keep a fifth wideout, so the remainder of the roster will be battling it out for the final spot. Eric Weems held the spot well last year, but he’ll be challenged by Chandler Williams (who spent the year on the practice squad), Troy Bergeron (a star in the Arena leagues), and three rookie free agents: Aaron Kelly, Darren Mougey, and Bradon Godfrey.

All three rookies are big on size, which will make them attractive developmental options. But more than likely, special teams ability will determine which of these players stays, and that’s why Weems has the advantage due to his experience. But it’s probable that one of these other players will make the practice squad, under the hopes that they can replace Finneran in 2010 after his contract expires this season.

At tight end, there will be a battle between veterans Ben Hartsock and Justin Peelle over who will be the No. 2 option behind Gonzalez. Hartsock is the better blocker, but Peelle isn’t that far behind and gives the team a much better option in the passing game.

More than likely the Falcons will keep both, but it’s not set in stone. A strong summer from either Jason Rader or Keith Zinger could land them the No. 3 job. Both players are capable blockers, but probably will need to show much more consistency and ability as pass catchers to stay on the roster.

Falcons add six to practice squad

August 31st, 2008 Comments off

The Falcons announced the addition of six players to their practice squad today and also claimed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson off waivers from the Buffalo Bills. To make room for Jefferson, they released Tim Anderson.

The team added seventh round pick Keith Zinger among the six practice squad additions. Also wide receiver Eric Weems, guard D’Anthony Batiste, cornerback Glenn Sharpe, safety Eric Brock, and defensive end Brandon Miller were signed by the team. All six players were with the team this summer. The Falcons have two remaining spots on their practice squad.

Jefferson was a sixth round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2005. But was cut by the Saints during his first training camp, and spent time on the practice squads of the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles before being signed by the Bills in October 2005. He began the ’06 season on the Bills practice squad before being promoted to the team’s roster in October, but remained inactive for most of the season. His most extensive action coming in 2007, where he had 11 tackles in 11 games. For his career, he has recorded 13 tackles in 21 games.

Anderson, another former Bills castoff was signed by the Falcons in November 2007. He had 5 tackles in 5 games for the Falcons. He was re-signed this past off-season and was seemingly the winner in a competition for the reserve nose tackle position behind Grady Jackson.

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Harrington, Forney among final cuts

August 31st, 2008 Comments off

The Falcons announced their cuts today to get their roster down to the 53-man limit for the regular season. This likely won’t be the only moves the team makes before their opener against the Detroit Lions on September 7, as they will pilfer through the waiver wire looking for players other teams released today.

Most prominent among those players released were quarterback Joey Harrington and guard Kynan Forney. Harrington started 10 games for the Falcons last year and was the team’s leading passer, but lost out in the battle this summer against D.J. Shockley. Forney had started 89 games over the past seven seasons with the Falcons, but fell out of favor by the coaching staff early on with the emergence of Harvey Dahl in off-season workouts.

The other players released were: guard D’Anthony Batiste, safety Eric Brock, offensive tackle Mike Butterworth, safety Deke Cooper, center Doug Datish, defensive end Willie Evans, cornerback Wilrey Fontenot, defensive end Brandon Miller, defensive tackle Rashad Moore, offensive tackle Terrance Pennington, linebacker Mickey Pimentel, tight end Marcus Pollard, cornerback Glenn Sharpe, defensive tackle Montavious Stanley, safety Daren Stone, linebacker Cameron Vaughn, wide receivers Eric Weems and Chandler Williams, and tight end Keith Zinger. The team also placed running back Thomas Brown on injured reserve, as he’ll miss the season with a torn muscle near his groin, suffered on Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Ravens.

Along with Brown, Fontenot and Zinger were the only draft picks that did not make the final roster. Datish and Stone were draft picks for the team in 2007. None of the other players released had joined the team prior to last season.

Tomorrow, the Falcons will also establish their eight-man practice squad. Already on the developmental practice squad is wide receiver Noriaki Kinoshita, who counts as a ninth member, but won’t be allowed to be elevated to the team’s roster during the season.

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Zinger signs a four-year deal

June 8th, 2008 Comments off

The Falcons announced that seventh round pick Keith Zinger signed a four-year contract on Saturday evening. Zinger was the final of the Falcons eleven draft picks this past April, and is the second one to sign a deal. The first was top pick Matt Ryan about three weeks ago.

Zinger was attractive to the Falcons due to his blocking ability and will be competing for playing time this summer as a reserve tight end.

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Falcons round up draft with Zinger

April 27th, 2008 Comments off

With the Falcons final pick in the draft, the Falcons attempted to improve depth at tight end by taking LSU’s Keith Zinger, who performed as a blocker mostly for the Tigers. He’ll help alleviate the loss of Alge Crumpler and Dwayne Blakley in free agency this past year.

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