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10 Rookies Played A Total Of 416 Snaps


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By D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREEN BAY, Wis. – When you decide to go the “youth movement” route, a team must be prepared to live with some mistakes.

The Falcons played 6 of their 8 draft picks and four undrafted rookie free agents extensively against the Green Bay Packers. The only rookies not to play were safety Kemal Ishmael, a seventh-round pick, who was inactive and quarterback Sean Renfree, a seventh-round pick, who's on injured reserve.

The 10 rookies played a total of 416 snaps -- 85 on offense, 331 on defense -- against the Packers. At pivotal times, the inexperienced showed.

Here’s the game story and how the youth movement costs the Falcons dearly against the Packers. --MyAJC.com ($)

On offense, right tackle Ryan Schraeder (42 snaps, 71 percent), tight end Levine Toilolo (11, 19 percent) and wide receiver Darius Johnson (31, 53 percent) all played key roles. Schraeder gave up the key strip-sack than led to the Packers go-ahead touchdown.

On defense, linebackers Paul Worrilow (71 snaps, 100 percent) and Joplo Bartu (25, 35 percent), defensive ends Malliciah Goodman (25, 35 percent) and Stansly Maponga (15, 21 percent), cornerbacks Desmond Trufant (71, 100 percent) and Robert Alford (71, 100 percent) and safety Zeke Motta (53, 75 percent) all played major snaps.

Alford and Motta were beaten on key plays. However, Goodman had a big fumble recovery, Worrilow led the team with 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Playtime Percentage

Atlanta Falcons Green Bay Packers

Percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams

PLAYER OFFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS

J Blalock G 59 100% 4 16%

J Hawley C 59 100% 4 16%

L Holmes T 59 100% 4 16%

P Konz C 59 100%

T Gonzalez TE 59 100%

M Ryan QB 59 100%

R White WR 57 97%

H Douglas WR 55 93%

R Schraeder T 42 71% 10 40%

D Johnson WR 31 53% 5 20%

S Jackson RB 31 53%

J Rodgers RB 22 37% 10 40%

J Trueblood T 17 29% 4 16%

P DiMarco RB 14 24% 10 40%

L Toilolo TE 11 19%

D Davis WR 7 12% 17 68%

J Snelling RB 5 8% 12 48%

G Reynolds G 2 3% 4 16%

A Smith RB 1 2% 11 44%

PLAYER DEFNSE SPECIAL TEAMS

R Alford CB 71 100% 7 28%

P Worrilow LB 71 100% 4 16%

W Moore SS 71 100% 4 16%

D Trufant CB 71 100%

S Weatherspoon LB 62 87% 3 12%

J Babineaux DT 57 80% 8 32%

R McClain CB 55 77% 13 52%

Z Motta SS 53 75% 15 60%

C Peters DT 48 68% 8 32%

O Umenyiora DE 47 66%

P Jerry DT 42 59% 4 16%

J Massaquoi DE 41 58% 4 16%

J Bartu LB 25 35% 7 28%

M Goodman D 25 35%

T DeCoud FS 18 25%

S Maponga DE 15 21% 9 36%

C Matthews DE 9 13% 14 56%

A Dent LB 18 72%

K Cone WR 17 68%

S Nicholas LB 14 56%

M Bosher P 12 48%

J Harris LS 8 32%

D Franks CB 7 28%

M Bryant K 4 16%

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So, were the Falcons tanking by playing all the youngsters yesterday?

If so, I applaud them.

It's not about tanking, its about getting future contributors meaningful reps.

When we were up 21-10, I was pissed. I think there's a distinction to be made between wanting the team to "win" and wanting the team to succeed. A single win, in the face of a lost season, is a fleeting, useless thing. Success is longer lasting and yields consistent results. Us having the highest draft pick possible will lead us to success. The wins will follow.

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