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Over at AtlantaFalcons.com, Matthew Tabeek rounded up ten things the team’s editorial staff has learned after 10 days of training camp. The anecdotes here range from amusing (the offensive line’s fake tattoos are something The Falcoholic staff should emulate) to legitimately noteworthy (Jack Crawford’s health, which we’ll touch on later). But the one that jumped out to me was the praise for Marvin Hall. Hall, you’ll recall, was signed as an undrafted free agent and managed to hang around all of last year, even getting a little run as a receiver and special teamer and finishing up the year with two receptions, 60 yards and a touchdown. He’s now competing for one of the last wide receivers spots on the roster and a returner job, and he has a legitimate shot at becoming the team’s kick and punt returner and fifth receiver. Not bad for a former undrafted free agent, no? But it appears the 25-year-old may be in line for even more than that, if Matt Ryan’s very interesting comments about him hold true. “Marvin is having a really good training camp,” Ryan said. “I think he’s having a great offsesason. He was really, really good for us in terms of training, attention to detail, his work during OTAs. He was excellent and he’s kind of continued that for the first week. I think he’s going to be a good reserve guy for us behind when you talk about those first three guys. Marvin is right behind that. He’s got great top ... speed.” What’s really noteworthy here is that Ryan said behind when you talk about those first three guys. That could have been careless speech, but Ryan’s not often guilty of that, and it may indicate that Hall is working his way past Justin Hardy for the fourth receiver gig. Hall isn’t as sure-handed as Hardy and he doesn’t, by all accounts and observations, have the former’s blocking skills. He is faster and potentially more dynamic, however. There are no guarantees, but these comments are a strong indicator that Hall’s an early favorite for a roster spot at the receiver position, and he may well be able to carve out a small but vital role in this team’s passing attack if his strong summer continues. No matter what order they show up on the depth chart in, a set of reserves as strong as Hardy, Hall and rookie Russell Gage would be very welcome. https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/8/5/17653716/marvin-halls-strong-summer-may-earn-him-a-roster-spot-atlanta-falcons-training-camp
https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/6/18/17471654/the-post-minicamp-atlanta-falcons-53-man-roster-projection Looks to me that backup MLB (206lb Ishmael.),OLB and OT depth are lacking, but I see the reason for four OGs. I like the look of the DL rotation. Here is the article: Training camp tends to swiftly make fools of all of us when it comes to roster predictions, but that will never stop us. To predict is to be human, and I’m feeling particularly human today. Here’s my best crack at a 53 man roster at the moment, one that does it best to take advantage of the team’s depth at certain positions by keeping a lot of guys around. That includes wide receiver, where the Falcons get to hold on to three talented young options, and guard, where the Falcons can let 2017 fourth round guard Sean Harlow marinate one more year in the hopes that he’s able to step into a larger role in 2019, when Andy Levitre’s contract is up. Review mine, sound off, and share yours! QB Matt Ryan QB Matt Schaub RB Devonta Freeman RB Tevin Coleman RB Ito Smith FB Luke McNitt WR Julio Jones WR Mohamed Sanu WR Calvin Ridley WR Justin Hardy WR Russell Gage WR Marvin Hall TE Austin Hooper TE Logan Paulsen TE Eric Saubert T Jake Matthews T Ryan Schraeder T Ty Sambrailo G Andy Levitre G Brandon Fusco G Wes Schweitzer G Sean Harlow C Alex Mack C/G Ben Garland DE Takkarist McKinley DE Vic Beasley DE Brooks Reed DE Derrick Shelby DE J’Terius Jones DT Grady Jarrett DT Jack Crawford DT Terrell McClain DT Deadrin Senat DT Garrison Smith OLB De’Vondre Campbell OLB Duke Riley OLB Foye Oluokun MLB Deion Jones LB Kemal Ishmael LB Emmanuel Smith CB Desmond Trufant CB Robert Alford CB Isaiah Oliver CB Brian Poole CB Justin Bethel CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson FS Ricardo Allen FS Damontae Kazee SS Keanu Neal S Chris Lammons K Matt Bryant P Matt Bosher LS Josh Harris