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Falcons’ Jackson takes demotion in stride

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FLOWERY BRANCH — Chevis Jackson, a third-round pick in the 2008 draft, is the odd man out as the Falcons play musical cornerbacks in the secondary.

Not pleased with the play of the secondary in the preseason, the Falcons made a trade for Tye Hill and signed Brian Williams, who was released by Jacksonville.

Williams had played under Falcons coach Mike Smith when Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars.

He started the season opener Sunday against Miami at left cornerback. In passing situations, Williams moved inside to the slot, where Jackson played all of last season. Brent Grimes, who was starting at left cornerback, came in and played left cornerback in nickel situations.

The move wasn’t explained to Jackson, who said he had “no idea” why the change took place.

Jackson was sturdy in coverage and run support last season, when he played in all 17 games and made three starts. He returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown against New Orleans.

He’s itching to climb the depth chart.

“Helping out the team anyway possible,” Jackson said of his new role. “The coaches make the decisions. I just have to go out there and perform to the best of my ability.”

Smith knows that a demotion can be tough on a player.

“The decisions that we make are based on what we feel give us the best opportunity to win,” Smith said. “You have to stay into it because our backup players are one snap away from being into the ball game.”

Etc.

● Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (rib) and safety William Moore (hamstring) both took part in practice Wednesday.

● Quarterback Matt Ryan had 36 attempts against Miami. He attempted more than 36 passes in only three games last season — 41 against Carolina on Sept. 28, 44 against Philadelphia on Oct. 26 and 40 against Arizona in the playoffs Jan. 3.

● The Falcons practiced in their red helmets Wednesday. They will be part of the “throwback” uniforms they wear Sunday. The emblem and stripes will be added to practice wear Friday.

● The defense created four turnovers — three force fumbles and one interception — in the win over Miami. The unit created only 16 turnovers in all of last season.

● The Falcons lead the series against the Panthers, 17-11. The Falcons are 10-4 against the Panthers at the Georgia Dome.

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Williams is both experienced in this league and experienced in this scheme. Undoubtedly a major reason whey Smitty would think having him on the field goes a long way towards giving us that "best chance to win." Not sure if it's so much a knock on Jackson as it is the coaching staff saying "lets get an experienced guy in there to show the young guys how this scheme is played and how to get the job done."

Remember, we signed Huthchins for the older vet role last year, and we didn't get anything out of him. I'm guessing this move is about limiting mistakes this year while Williams still has something left in the tank, and also to teach our young CB's how to prepare, how to play, how to bounce back from mistakes, etc...

If Jackson is smart he'll take this opportunity to learn.

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This is the only thing I was afraid of when we signed Williams and Hill. Chevis has don nothing to warrant a demotion. In fact, he was a steady force in the secondary and usually took the slot WR out of the game. He also caused a few turnovers.... 3 including preseason and playoffs and could have been more.

Same with Owens. He is not going to get any experience this year. It's unfortunate, but we had to get some help in the secondary.

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If Jackson is smart he'll take this opportunity to learn.

I agree.... Chris Owens and Chevis Jackson should take this time to watch and learn...... The experience is needed in the backfield right now....... We actually have good future depth at CB.... We just need a #1 CB

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This is the only thing I was afraid of when we signed Williams and Hill. Chevis has don nothing to warrant a demotion.

Obviously the staff doesn't agree with that assessment. We all assumed Hill and Williams were brought in here to possible replace Houston and/or Grimes. Maybe they were brought in to bolster the CB depth that wasn't as good as we had hoped? Houston is still starting. Williams replaced Grimes as a starter, but Grimes was the player brought off the bench in nickel situations, to cover the outside WR and Williams moved inside to cover the slot, where he has experience playing also.

It could very well be that after Hill gets caught up in the scheme, that Hill, Houston, Williams, and Grimes are our top 4 CBs. That doesn't bode well for Jackson and while not terribly bad for the rookie Owens, it's not exactly a glowing recommendation either. Owens would get a pass since he is after all a rookie. But what it says is he is farther away than they had hoped he would be, since they had to go and acquire 2 new players. And it really doesn't look good for Jackson. It could only mean two things. Either last year was a fluke and he didn't improve this year like they hoped and can't be counted on, or they still have hopes for him but just want to get a more experienced player on the field this year in Williams and give him more time to learn. Lets hope it's the latter situation.

It will be interesting to see which CB takes Hill's spot on the Inactives list when Hill is ready to play.

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Obviously the staff doesn't agree with that assessment. We all assumed Hill and Williams were brought in here to possible replace Houston and/or Grimes. Maybe they were brought in to bolster the CB depth that wasn't as good as we had hoped? Houston is still starting. Williams replaced Grimes as a starter, but Grimes was the player brought off the bench in nickel situations, to cover the outside WR and Williams moved inside to cover the slot, where he has experience playing also.

It could very well be that after Hill gets caught up in the scheme, that Hill, Houston, Williams, and Grimes are our top 4 CBs. That doesn't bode well for Jackson and while not terribly bad for the rookie Owens, it's not exactly a glowing recommendation either. Owens would get a pass since he is after all a rookie. But what it says is he is farther away than they had hoped he would be, since they had to go and acquire 2 new players. And it really doesn't look good for Jackson. It could only mean two things. Either last year was a fluke and he didn't improve this year like they hoped and can't be counted on, or they still have hopes for him but just want to get a more experienced player on the field this year in Williams and give him more time to learn. Lets hope it's the latter situation.

It will be interesting to see which CB takes Hill's spot on the Inactives list when Hill is ready to play.

I just think its more about a experience thing........We have young DB's..... 1 season does not make you a experience player.....Chris Owens and Chevis Jackson has a future with this team but since we are so good now we cant do a "learn on the job" type deal....... Chevis is a good NB but a experience guy like Brian Williams has seen every route in the NFL so he will have a chance to make more plays on the ball........

I want to see what happens also when Hill is activated.... I think he will take Grimes spot (as the 3rd CB) unless Grimes start making plays on the ball.... The thing that hurts Chevis is that i did not see him playing any special teams...... If dude does not play special team then he is going to be inactive....

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He said, "Excuse me Vernon Carey, would you mind if I got by you and sacked your QB? You would mind? Ok then, thanks anyway."

actually he punked Carey out several times....... he pushed carey back 5 yards which caused Pennington to have to step up which abe took him down. he also hada couple other hurries that made pennington get the ball out MUCH sooner then he wanted.

Besides all of that Jamaal did NOT get demoted,

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actually he punked Carey out several times....... he pushed carey back 5 yards which caused Pennington to have to step up which abe took him down. he also hada couple other hurries that made pennington get the ball out MUCH sooner then he wanted.

Besides all of that Jamaal did NOT get demoted,

It was a joke, relax Francis. Besides, he only had ONE other pressure. And I wouldn't exactly say he punked anyone he wasn't able to get a sack off of. Punking is what Abe and Biermann did.

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Obviously the staff doesn't agree with that assessment. We all assumed Hill and Williams were brought in here to possible replace Houston and/or Grimes. Maybe they were brought in to bolster the CB depth that wasn't as good as we had hoped? Houston is still starting. Williams replaced Grimes as a starter, but Grimes was the player brought off the bench in nickel situations, to cover the outside WR and Williams moved inside to cover the slot, where he has experience playing also.

It could very well be that after Hill gets caught up in the scheme, that Hill, Houston, Williams, and Grimes are our top 4 CBs. That doesn't bode well for Jackson and while not terribly bad for the rookie Owens, it's not exactly a glowing recommendation either. Owens would get a pass since he is after all a rookie. But what it says is he is farther away than they had hoped he would be, since they had to go and acquire 2 new players. And it really doesn't look good for Jackson. It could only mean two things. Either last year was a fluke and he didn't improve this year like they hoped and can't be counted on, or they still have hopes for him but just want to get a more experienced player on the field this year in Williams and give him more time to learn. Lets hope it's the latter situation.

It will be interesting to see which CB takes Hill's spot on the Inactives list when Hill is ready to play.

Woah there partner.

There is no guarantee Hill pans out ... and Williams was brought in as a stop gap.

CB is a diificult position ... and as third rounders ... they are not behind.

Owens and Chevis are simply not the best options at this time ... but are likely our future at CB & NB.

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