Kung-Pow Posted August 13, 2011 Share Posted August 13, 2011 WARNING: LONG READI won't spend a lot of time on the starters; they looked fantastic.-- Garrett Reynolds had a very uneven performance from my vantage point. He looked very strong in run-blocking; his size allowing him to be a quintessential "road-grader" next to Clabo. But it was obvious he was having struggles in pass-protection. He was blown off the line more often than he should have been. He can get way too high and sloppy with his footwork, leading to him having a very poor base underneath him. -- He left the door open for Mike Johnson to sneak back in this race.-- Very hard to not get overly excited about Julio. The kid is explosive in every sense of the word. There was great, unselfish blocking by Ovie and Roddy on his end-around. Julio's speed got him to the edge, but their grunt work got him around the corner. The speed and quickness that he used to turn up-field after that drag route was amazing.-- Harry Douglas was very, very impressive. He looked quick and confident and most of all, healthy. If this performance was any indication, he may finally be ready to build upon such a promising rookie year. His hands were sure, and his routes precise. Great decision by him to make all the offseason workouts; he and Matt seem to have their timing down.-- I can't believe I was so indifferent about Snelling staying or leaving. He is such a great fit and provides just an absolutely awesome spell for Mike Turner. -- Falcons have enviable depth at RB. Border-line incredible depth. I don't think Quizz will have the immediate significant impact that many of us and the media predicted early on. Given all the different weapons, including Snelling, I think it'll be difficult finding even five touches a game for him. And that's assuming he's automatically vaulted up the depth chart in front of Gartrell Johnson and Antone Smith. -- I still like Antone Smith over Gartrell Johnson. He looks faster and smoother in his play. I think the coaching staff disagrees with me, though.-- Again, if this first game is any indication, expect Eric Weems to contribute a lot of positive plays for Atlanta this year; both offensively and STs.-- Corey Peters and Chauncey Davis did not show well at all, IMO. -- Laurence Sidbury had a lot of success getting upfield and to the QB. As was often the case with Abe two years ago, and Kroy last year, he was often just a step late. He's a legit pass-rusher.-- Robert James is very fast. I was stunned to learn he was the LB I had been marveling at. He makes up ground very quickly. There is so much athletic ability in him. He's gonna be something to watch if, and when, he puts it all together.-- Falcons still struggling to bring down the QB. Franks has missed; Sid has missed 3xs; Jerry has missed; Corey Peters has missed;-- Shillinger gave a disappointing performance. I don't think he handle his over-the-top duties very well. Was angry to see both he and Darrin Walls bite on an underneath route on the TD before the half. Counted two missed tackles.-- Franks and Owens looked a lot better at corner with Moore and DeCoud playing safety than Shillinger and Rafael Bush. Hard to say who won the day; both spent time outside and in the slot. Neither stood out particularly well. Owens was seen chasing on MIA's first TD. Appeared to be more of blown coverage/missed responsibility than him being beaten.-- JPW has got some moxy. Between he, Redman and Ice, Falcons are in good hands at QB. I'm all for drafting any kid coached by Nick Saban.-- Backup LB seems to be the perfect fit for Mike Pete at this stage in his career. Can still tackle as well as anyone and is a great presence in the huddle and on the field.-- CB Darrin Walls looks like he has the speed to run with any WR. Low on awareness, however.-- Haven't seen why P Matt Bosher was worth drafting yet...-- Brandyn Harvey made some nice grabs, specifically, a nice sideline grab in which he did a double toe-tap.-- Don't think DE Emmanuel Stephens will make it off the PS this season.-- While not very productive, I was pleased to see DT Peria Jerry play so many snaps. It tells me he's getting close to full strength if he isn't already.-- I like DE Cliff Matthews; could be a nice player if the staff can coach him up. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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