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Google Docs Excel spreadsheet Falcons 2014 90 man roster You don't have to have Excel installed, just click the link and it will load it in a webpage for you.

I thought some people might be interested in this, maybe not. It's a spreadsheet I've put together for the 2014 roster, with some thoughts I have on each player and roster spot breakdowns for each position. One thing I did, because I got tired of not being certain, was I went and looked up every single players exact combine height and listed it. Sheet 1 is just the list of everyone. Sheet 2 and 3 are broken down between offense and defense with my comments.

How to read the color coding I used:

Green means almost zero chance they get cut.

Yellow means a very good chance to make the roster. It will usually take a new guy beating them out to have them be cut.

(Green and Yellow are who I'm predicting to make the team as of right now)

Orange means they have a shot, but are on the outside looking in. Either due to upgrades, lots of competition, or not progressing as they should already, or simply not enough roster spots. These players will have to knock someone else off the roster to make it.

Red means very long odds, likely just a camp body.

Also, the far left number in the grey column is how many people are competing for a roster spot at that position.

Just looking at this spreadsheet, there are some good players that probably wont be able to make the roster this year, which is a good thing. We have much better competition at a lot of spots. Regarding how the numbers will look between offense, defense, and specialists; well, we know there will be a Kicker, a Punter, and a Long Snapper taking up 3 spots, leaving 50 spots. It seems most teams usually have more offensive players than defensive. Last year we started the season with 28 on Offense and only 22 on Defense (not a good scenario IMO). A better option would be something like Seattle's Super Bowl roster: 3 specialists, 26 offense, 24 defense.

I think the 26 Offense 24 Defense split is closer to what we'll be shooting for this year, perhaps even a 25/25 split. We drafted 4 LBers who a good chunk of will probably make the roster and be core special teams guys. We'll also want to make room for them on the roster simply to develop them. Last year we needed more OL on the roster due to how unsettled it was with all the injuries we had and trying to find a RT. We shouldn't need 10 OLs this year like we had last year.

We'll also probably be keeping 6 WRs on the roster since we are moving towards more 3WR sets instead of having a pass catching TE like Tony G.

Last year we kept 8 DBs on the roster. Could be the same again this year, but I just get the feeling we will carry either a 5th CB or Safety. We'll probably keep the 6 interior DLs I listed. Peters is the most vulnerable of those simply because of his injury and that he's only on a 1 year contract. If one of the young guys shows enough potential, then Peters might end up being a surprise cut. If we're going to carry 15 to 16 front seven personnel, then that will leave 9 or 10 spots for our LBers and designated pass rushers. I'm pretty sure 6 is going to be the number for interior DL; the big question is going to be do we carry 24 or 25 total defensive personnel, and do we carry more than 8 DBs and/or 9 or 10 LB/DPR?

We really have 5 non-pass rushing LBers that can probably make the team. We also have 6 OLB/DE pass rushing types that could make it. The top 3 of Biermann, Mass, and Osi are likely set unless Biermann doesn't come back well from injury or all 3 of the young guys make themselves impossible to cut. The 3 young guys fighting over 1 or 2 spots are Maponga, Shembo, and Starr. I would assume Shembo is fairly safe as a 4th round draft pick as long as he doesn't flop in camp. That leaves Maponga and Starr competing for at most 1 spot, perhaps no spot if we end up keeping 5 true LBers and 9 DBs.

This is going to be a fun training camp.

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I'd take that yellow background off of Dominique Davis's row. He isn't any more of a sure thing to make the roster than Renfree or even Mathews. Frankly I think Jeff Mathews is a better backup QB right now than Davis or Renfree.

Also, for what it's worth, you forgot about PhillipKeith Manley. Not sure if he's even on the team anymore, but I don't remember him getting cut and if he hadn't shown up to camp out of shape last year, he was going to be battling it out for the starting RG spot.

I think Harland Gunn is more yellow than orange. He's been awesome for us in preseasons and played very well in his 46 snaps at RG against San Fran in week 16. Plus he'll only be 25 come kickoff, so he's got youth on his side.

Isn't Adam Replogle a defensive tackle?

Honestly, I'd make Ryan Schraeder green. That roster spot is his to lose after everything he did for us last year as an inexperienced undrafted rookie. Dude has earned his keep if you ask me.

Antone Smith is green. He isn't on the team because of his running abilities, he's on the team because he's one of the best gunners in the NFL and we have him for one more year on an inexpensive contract.

Can we be honest with ourselves for a minute? Harry Douglas is green. He's not going anywhere. He just had his first thousand yard season in Julio's absense. Darius Johnson & Drew Davis (both should be yellow) will be battling for the 5th spot, and we might just end up going with all six of them. Drew has a better shot at making the team than Darius.

Lowery is our starting FS. He's green. We carried 5 safeties last year - Moore, DeCoud, Motta, Ishmael and Schillinger. We'll likely continue that trend, replacing Schillinger with Southwood and DeCoud with Lowery.

Goodman is green. We practically drafted him to play 3-4 DE for us, and now we're going to be using that scheme more than before. I do think Rumph makes the practice squad though. I'd make him orange rather than red.

Agreed on LBs.

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I'd take that yellow background off of Dominique Davis's row. He isn't any more of a sure thing to make the roster than Renfree or even Mathews. Frankly I think Jeff Mathews is a better backup QB right now than Davis or Renfree. (Davis is yellow because he's the incumbent backup. Until someone knocks him off, it's his job to lose. I put the other two guys in orange because they have a very decent chance of doing just that: but until they do...)

Also, for what it's worth, you forgot about PhillipKeith Manley. Not sure if he's even on the team anymore, but I don't remember him getting cut and if he hadn't shown up to camp out of shape last year, he was going to be battling it out for the starting RG spot. (I like to talk roster all day long, but if you're going to question my thoroughness, at least take a second and look at our current roster and note that Manley isn't on it smile.png )

I think Harland Gunn is more yellow than orange. He's been awesome for us in preseasons and played very well in his 46 snaps at RG against San Fran in week 16. Plus he'll only be 25 come kickoff, so he's got youth on his side. (Orange means he has a chance to earn a job if he beats someone else out. As I noted, probably one OL I have listed in orange will make it, possibly even two. The training camp competition will work that out, but he in no way has a leg up on any of the other competition at this point.)

Isn't Adam Replogle a defensive tackle? (No)

Honestly, I'd make Ryan Schraeder green. That roster spot is his to lose after everything he did for us last year as an inexperienced undrafted rookie. Dude has earned his keep if you ask me. (Green is for players that have near zero chance getting cut. Schraeder is not that type of player yet. As long as he keep progressing, then he should make the team, which is why he is in yellow. But he could easily show up not prepared, or simply get beaten out by some of our other younger players that possibly take training camp by storm: therefore, he's yellow.)

Antone Smith is green. He isn't on the team because of his running abilities, he's on the team because he's one of the best gunners in the NFL and we have him for one more year on an inexpensive contract. (Special Teams guys will never be Green unless they are a returner like Hester. Granted, A. Smith is about as safe a bet as you'll find for a Yellow graded player. But anything can happen, especially with so much competition this year with the youth on special teams.)

Can we be honest with ourselves for a minute? Harry Douglas is green. He's not going anywhere. He just had his first thousand yard season in Julio's absense. Darius Johnson & Drew Davis (both should be yellow) will be battling for the 5th spot, and we might just end up going with all six of them. Drew has a better shot at making the team than Darius. (And I disagree. Johnson was getting on the field before Drew last year, as a rookie. Johnson has more upside and better hands. Drew is going into his 3rd year, and hasn't really impressed in his first 2. He's done well enough to make the team, which is why he's Orange this year, which means he still has a shot as long as he holds off the rookie competition and we keep 6 WR's, which we probably will. But he is the least safe of the top 6 from last year, by far. Douglas is Yellow because if Johnson steps up like he should and shows he can be a good slot WR, then Douglas' job might not be as safe as some assume; especially if we are on the lookout for a WR cut late in someone else's training camp, or if one of our rookies really surprises in camp (not likely). Douglas probably makes the team, barring something unforseen; but the fact that something could happen that wouldn't surprise me leading to his release is why he's not Green, in my book. Remember, these are my thoughts. You're welcome to copy this spreadsheet and update one to keep for yourself smile.png ).

Lowery is our starting FS. He's green. We carried 5 safeties last year - Moore, DeCoud, Motta, Ishmael and Schillinger. We'll likely continue that trend, replacing Schillinger with Southwood and DeCoud with Lowery. (We didn't carry Schillinger last year. As I said on the spreadsheet, we carried 4 Safeties last year. Lowery is yellow because we have never seen him in a Falcons uniform before and have zero assurances he will perform as hopefully expected. Yes, as things look now, he should be the starter. But his injury history leaves me skeptical of his ability to even make it out of training camp healthy. As long as he does what he is supposed to, he should make the team, which is why he is Yellow. Also, I fully expect us to be scouring the waiver wire looking to upgrade our Safety position with other teams final cutdown leftovers. Remember Brian Williams a few years ago who came in as our nickel back 1 week before the season started? Something similar to that. Especially now that Motta might be inured for the season.)

Goodman is green. We practically drafted him to play 3-4 DE for us, and now we're going to be using that scheme more than before. I do think Rumph makes the practice squad though. I'd make him orange rather than red. (Again, this is the way I see it. Goodman should make the team, which is why he's in Yellow. But he is in no way guaranteed a roster spot with the new depth we've accumulated. Yellow means he should make the team if he does what he's supposed to do; but also that spot is vulnerable to outside competition should someone step up and take it away - which it is.)

Agreed on LBs.

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