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How will our newcomers fare on this AF team?

2009 Transactions

March

* 10 - Signed free agent LB Mike Peterson

* 9 - Signed free agent C Brett Romberg

* 4 - Re-signed DE Chauncey Davis

* 3 - Re-signed TE Justin Peelle, LB Coy Wire, DT Jason Jefferson, OL Ben Wilkerson, LB Tony Gilbert and S Jamaal Fudge.

* 3 - Signed exclusive rights contracts with RB Jason Snelling, CB Brent Grimes and S Antoine Harris.

February

* 12 - Signed OL Will Svitek as a free agent

* 3 - Signed CB Tony Tiller as a free agent

January

* 7 - Signed DT Thomas Johnson, CB Ronnie Prude and S Marcus Paschal to reserve/futures contracts

* 5 - Signed DT Tywain Myles, OL Nate Bennet, OL Michael Butterworth, DE Willie Evans, CB Darius Vinett, WR Chandler Williams and TE Keith Zinger to reserve/futures contracts

AF.com - transactions 2009

Much can be said about Mike Smith, but he let people earn their spots. In my opponion its a given, that if there is any doubt on whether or not a player is by far the best at his position, there will be a position battle. That being said I think that:

Mike Pete: I would believe he is set to be a starter at one of the OLB positions. J.Mike noted (was either blog or missive, dont quite remember) that this could be subject to change, depending on how position battles pan out. Insider knowledge or gut feeling, you be the judge ^^.

Brett Romberg: Romberg came out of nowhere and played a huge role in stabilizing a Rams line in the last third of the 2006 season. Signed from the Jaguars practice squad. I see him competing for a starting spot, but will probably end up being a backup to Todd McClure.

Chauncey Davis: Davis is set to compete with Jamaal Anderson for a starting DE spot. Have served as a backup to Jamaal Anderson and is widely considered to have achieved more at the DE position, with less playing time than J. Anderson. Should be interesting to see the position battle.

Justing Peele: When Ben Hartsock went on IR last season, Peele emerged as the best pass catching TE on the team. His strengths lies in his blocking rather than his catching. Should be the participant in a position battle against Hartsock and possibly L.J. Smith (should the falcons ever decide to sign him ^^).

Coy Wire: C. Wire replaced Michael Boley on obvious run situations last year, and recieved more and more time on the field as season progressed. With the addition of a possible draft pick at LB, and Lofton set at the middle position, Wire is set to have a position battle against Mike Pete and Stephen Nicholas. I think he will come short and backup either outside LB positons.

Jason Jefferson: -- | --

Ben Wilkerson: B. Wilkerson will be a backup to T. McClure and B. Romberg. Provides depth at the C position.

Tony Gilbert: T. Gilbert is a freak on special teams. He provides depth at the LB position, but his main stage is on special teams.

Jamaal Fudge: -- | --

Jason Snelling: J. Snelling should be a backup to O. Mughelli as a FB, and a backup to J. Norwood and M. Turner as a HB.

Brent Grimes: B. Grimes could be the participant in a position battle between D. Irons and V. Hutchins for the position of nickel back this season. Depending on whether or not V. Hutchins is succesfull in putting pressure on C. Houston and C. Jackson as starters this should be an interesting matchup.

Antoine Harris: -- | --

Will Switek: -- | --

Tony Tiller: -- | --

I must admit that players marked with -- | -- is because I have no idea/oppinion on these guys. This doesnt mean their bad, they just flew under my radar.

Does this resemble your thoughts/take on our roster, this upcoming season?

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Flare, by in-large I agree with your thoughts. However I did not know that Peele strength was as a blocker. I thought he was a recieving TE. Interesting.

Also I think Romberg can play OG as well so he adds depth at two position C and OG but I could be wrong.

Your right about Romberg. He does add depth at both guard and center. Peele is more of a blocking TE too. He did do decent at times last year when thrown too. Jefferson is a rotational DT that I guess they liked enough to resign. He will hopefully be in a battle with a draft pick for a backup/rotational role. Jamal Fudge is someone that Smitty liked from Jacksonville and he actually played well when he came in for Milloy late ion the season. Antoine Harris is more of a very good ST's player. He has shown signs of being a hitter in the preseason time that he has had. I don't know about the other two. I do agree with all your other thoughts. Seems right on to me. I do think that Peterson is a lock at one of the OLB spots. The battle will be between Nicholas and Wire and that might determine where Peterson plays. Also you might as well throw a draft pick into the mix. As far as Robert James is concerned, I don't know too much about him but he is small but really fast. My guess is a lot like Demo.

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Flare, by in-large I agree with your thoughts. However I did not know that Peele strength was as a blocker. I thought he was a recieving TE. Interesting.

Also I think Romberg can play OG as well so he adds depth at two position C and OG but I could be wrong.

Bare in mind, that these were my thoughts :)

If Romberg can provide depth to the one (either) guard position as well this actually makes it even better, albeit its hard to replace any player on the unit we had last season.

I believe Peele was brought in as Hartsock was injured. While Hartsock proved to be more versatile than anticipated (catched the ball a couple of times), he was primarily considered a blocking TE. Peele proved that he wasnt gonna let Hartsock steal the lime light, and proved a surprisingly good as well. Neither, however, would be considered specialised in the area of pass catching.

Again its just mho.

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I thought C. Davis played opposite Anderson on run downs and Abe came in on passing downs a lot in the second half of the season. So he was more of a rotation for Abe than for Anderson

J. Jefferson did rotate with Jackson a lot more than people realize last season. He was in 13 games( with a pretty good bit of playing time, I can't say that I remember there being any fall off while he was in, but many other posters seem to think there was.) Of course I wasn't too impressed with Grady for the 08 season.

I know nothing about Gilbert's abilities except on special teams. Can he sub for Lofton for real?

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I thought C. Davis played opposite Anderson on run downs and Abe came in on passing downs a lot in the second half of the season. So he was more of a rotation for Abe than for Anderson

J. Jefferson did rotate with Jackson a lot more than people realize last season. He was in 13 games( with a pretty good bit of playing time, I can't say that I remember there being any fall off while he was in, but many other posters seem to think there was.) Of course I wasn't too impressed with Grady for the 08 season.

I know nothing about Gilbert's abilities except on special teams. Can he sub for Lofton for real?

Your right about Davis rotating more with Abe than Anderson even though he did play that side at times. Bierman started playing a lot more down the stretch and he was doing most of the subbing for Anderson.

There wasn't much of a drop off from Jackson to Jefferson last year because Grady played horrible. His knees were really hurting him last year. He didn't even command double teams like he had in the past. Those are signs of a player aging fast. I'm not sure he can recover from those knees and I bet that had a lot to do with us letting him walk. I believe Trey will be a good starter but we need someone better than Jefferson to rotate with him.

I'm not sure how I'd feel if Gilbert actually had to come into a game at MLB. I would almost want them to move Peterson back to the middle and Wire and Nicholas play outside. I really don't know on that one.

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I thought C. Davis played opposite Anderson on run downs and Abe came in on passing downs a lot in the second half of the season. So he was more of a rotation for Abe than for Anderson

J. Jefferson did rotate with Jackson a lot more than people realize last season. He was in 13 games( with a pretty good bit of playing time, I can't say that I remember there being any fall off while he was in, but many other posters seem to think there was.) Of course I wasn't too impressed with Grady for the 08 season.

I know nothing about Gilbert's abilities except on special teams. Can he sub for Lofton for real?

I was under the assumption that C. Davis was put in on DE instead of J. Anderson who shifted to DT on obvious passing downs, making it (from left to right) -- >Davis - Anderson - Babineux - Abraham.

But come to think about it, I seriously doubt what I just said. My memory have deserted me. I am sure that Kroy Bierman was put in at some points as well.. Hmm.

You could very well be correct.

Your right about Davis rotating more with Abe than Anderson even though he did play that side at times. Bierman started playing a lot more down the stretch and he was doing most of the subbing for Anderson.

There wasn't much of a drop off from Jackson to Jefferson last year because Grady played horrible. His knees were really hurting him last year. He didn't even command double teams like he had in the past. Those are signs of a player aging fast. I'm not sure he can recover from those knees and I bet that had a lot to do with us letting him walk. I believe Trey will be a good starter but we need someone better than Jefferson to rotate with him.

I'm not sure how I'd feel if Gilbert actually had to come into a game at MLB. I would almost want them to move Peterson back to the middle and Wire and Nicholas play outside. I really don't know on that one.

and there you were to save the day, thanks GR :)

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Flare, hard to disagree with any of that. By the way, Peele is good at pass catching, bad at blocking. Hartsock is the one good at blocking.

At the end of the day, Mike Peterson will be starting at one of the OLB spots at the beginning of the season. Bank on it.

Finally, Antoine Harris was a straight beast on special teams until he went down to injury. He also is an emergency DB.

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I was under the assumption that C. Davis was put in on DE instead of J. Anderson who shifted to DT on obvious passing downs, making it (from left to right) -- >Davis - Anderson - Babineux - Abraham.

But come to think about it, I seriously doubt what I just said. My memory have deserted me. I am sure that Kroy Bierman was put in at some points as well.. Hmm.

You could very well be correct.

and there you were to save the day, thanks GR :)

No, I think your right but just not that often. Jamaal did play some DT but not really a lot. Most of the time it was Bierman coming in for Jamaal and Davis coming in for Abe. I think they put Jamaal in their at DT on 3rd and very long. The same defense that they put Nicholas in at SLB for rushing the QB purposes. I think that's how it went down but don't quote me. Guys rotate so much now a days that it's hard to keep up with who is in and when. I notice when Abe is not in but that's about it on defense.

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Flare, hard to disagree with any of that. By the way, Peele is good at pass catching, bad at blocking. Hartsock is the one good at blocking.

At the end of the day, Mike Peterson will be starting at one of the OLB spots at the beginning of the season. Bank on it.

Finally, Antoine Harris was a straight beast on special teams until he went down to injury. He also is an emergency DB.

I agree with everything but Peele. First of all, all our TE's put together had a total of 19 catches and 3 TDs. Now most of that was Peele but those are not good numbers. Also all of the experts say that both our TE's are blocking TE's and are not receiving TE's. I do agree that Peele is better than some people give him credit for but he is far from good at it. Just my opinion.

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I was under the assumption that C. Davis was put in on DE instead of J. Anderson who shifted to DT on obvious passing downs, making it (from left to right) -- >Davis - Anderson - Babineux - Abraham.

But come to think about it, I seriously doubt what I just said. My memory have deserted me. I am sure that Kroy Bierman was put in at some points as well.. Hmm.

You could very well be correct.

and there you were to save the day, thanks GR :)

You are also right, they really played many different rotations on the DL last year depending on D&D But during the last part of the season Davis subbed for ABE an awful lot on run downs. Trying to keep Abe fresh for pass rushing.

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