theProf Posted August 5, 2011 Share Posted August 5, 2011 I have seen virtually no discussion on the message boards concerning the following two players, who have a very good chance of making the Falcons final roster: OG Andrew Jackson and S Rafael Bush. A couple of Daniel Cox articles got me thinking about these two players. Some excerpts from these articles as follows:"One rookie that few have said anything about is the Falcons seventh-round selection Andrew Jackson, a guard from Fresno State.One rookie to keep an eye on is Andrew Jackson, he (Pat Yasinskas) said. They think they got a steal. I heard from other personnel people around the league and they share the same opinion on Jackson.Yasinskas felt Jacksons concerns over an ankle injury that kept him out for much of his senior year hurt Jacksons stock."http://www.atlantafalcons.com/2011/08/notebook-august-4/"VERSATILE BACKUPThe name of Rafael Bush may not be on the tips of many tongues, but the coaching staff of the Falcons know the second-year safety well.After joining the Falcons as an undrafted free agent last April on the heels of an illustrious career at South Carolina State University, Bush made the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster for the final game of the season. With the backup positions wide open behind established starters at safety, William Moore and Thomas DeCoud, Bush is doing everything he can to impress the coaches. From observations with him and his coaches during the early days of camp, the staff likes what hes doing.Bush credits the ability to learn while on the practice squad last season as a factor for his positive start in camp this year.Last year the practice squad helped me, Bush said. That year I got a chance to watch the game. It slowed down for me and I was able to gain confidence and learn a lot about the NFL and things that I didnt know. I think this year coming in Im a lot more confident knowing my job and responsibilities. I think thats got the coaches eyes and they felt like they believed in me. Im just out here just continuing to work hard. Whatever they ask me to do Im going to do. Its exciting.There is no lack of confidence in the physical part of his game. What Bush felt he needed to maintain was how he approaches every day and every assignment mentally. One of the curveballs the coaching staff has thrown to him is asking him to get in some work at the nickel cornerback position, in addition to his natural safety position.I just came into the season with it in my mind mentally, if they wanted me to play safety, nickel or corner, I wanted to be able to do it mentally, Bush said. I put that on my back. Whatever they ask me to do, I want to go out there and mentally try to get it down and watch everything and see how it pans out.He believes the versatility hes developing at corner and safety, in addition to playing special teams, only makes him a stronger player and more valuable to the team. It can also help him stay around in the league a little longer than the average.Its still early, but so far in camp, the mental preparation paired with Bushs natural athletic ability are making it hard for the coaches to ignore the fact that he may be the role-playing, backup safety theyre looking for."http://www.atlantafalcons.com/2011/08/notebook-august-2/Atlanta will probably carry 9 Offensive Lineman on the final roster. Eight are pretty much locked-in (Baker, Blalock, McClure, Clabo, Johnson, Reynolds, Svitek, and Hawley). The final OL roster spot will probably be either Valdez or Andrew Jackson.Atlanta normally carries 4 Safeties on the final roster. DeCoud, Moore, and Schillinger are pretty much locks. Atlanta likes its back-up Safeties to be good on Special Teams and to be versatile enough to possibly play a CB position. Appears that Bush is being groomed for that role. I don't see any viable competition to Bush for the #4 safety on the current roster. Perhaps Atlanta might bring in an experienced vet FA Safety, but I think that they are extremely near the cap limit already, which very much diminishes the FA possibility. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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