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Atlanta Falcons' Projected Roster


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Examining the Atlanta Falcons' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

The Falcons are counting on Ryan to play like an elite quarterback with a full complement of receivers and better protection. They feel like they upgraded the backup quarterback position by trading for Yates, the former Houston Texan who has a playoff win under his belt.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Jackson, who just turned 31, still has a good year left in him if he remains healthy. He looks rejuvenated. Freeman, a rookie fourth-round pick, will get a chance to push for touches and has been impressive to start training camp. Rodgers can't be forgotten because of his elusiveness. Smith is a valuable special-teamer, as is Josh Vaughan, who could sneak in.

RECEIVERS (6)

Jones looked good during his first practice since last year's season-ending foot fracture while White came to camp with a new four-year contract extension in hand. Coach Mike Smith said he'll have a decision to keep five or six receivers, and Davis (foot surgery) might not be ready to start the regular season. Roby has value on special teams as a gunner. Undrafted rookie Bernard Reedy still has a serious chance.

TIGHT ENDS (2)

No one is expecting another Tony Gonzalez out of this group, but the Falcons do expect Toilolo to make significant strides this season. Pascoe will be kept for his blocking.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

The Falcons believe they have a solid starting five after signing the veteran Asamoah to play right guard and drafting the rookie Matthews in the first round to play right tackle. Both have looked the part at the start of camp. Baker also looks healthy coming off major left knee injury. Lamar Holmes has showed some fight at the start of camp but remains on the bubble.

DEFENSIVE LINE (7)

As long as Soliai and Jackson do their jobs up front in the 3-4 in terms of stuffing the run and freeing up the linebackers to make plays, they'll be well worth the combined $25 million guaranteed despite not playing every down. Hageman, the second-round draft pick, is a mad man on the field and could find himself up front with Soliai and Jackson sooner than later. Peters is the wild card in the rotation depending on his health coming off an Achilles tear. Umenyiora, who has slimmed down and improved his speed, definitely has a spot as a designated pass-rusher.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4)

The Falcons are counting on Massaquoi to be a consistent pass-rusher. Biermann looks healthy coming off an Achilles tear but the Falcons have him on a schedule of two days on, one day off. Starr, a seventh-round draft pick, hasn't really stood out to start training camp like he did during rookie minicamp.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS (6)

The group will sorely miss Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles), who was lost for the season. Worrilow can tackle while Bartu can cover. The coaches are really counting on the fourth-round draft pick Shembo to step in and have an immediate impact. The late addition of Angerer could really pay off, provided he's healthy.

CORNERBACKS (5)

Trufant and Alford could make up one of the best cornerback tandems in the league in the future if Alford continues to mature. Trufant is there already. The high-powered, multi-receiver offenses around the league only increased the need for solid cornerbacks, and the Falcons have a battle for the third corner with McClain, Wilson and Javier Arenas, with Arenas likely the odd man out.

SAFETIES (4)

Moore has to take on more of a leadership role with his buddy Weatherspoon done for the season. Newcomer Lowery could be an upgrade over Thomas DeCoud at free safety provided the offseason was indicative of Lowery's ability. Zeke Motta (neck surgery) won't play this season.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Bosher is one of the best in the league, and Bryant is consistent. They just need to keep it going.

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Any word on Maponga? Wonder how he is performing and if he's shaken the injury from his rookie season. He should know the system better than some of the UDFA that Vaughn thinks make the team.

yea On defense I noticed the absence of Maponga and Ishmael hope Maponga makes it

offense Maybe Schuler as TE #3 and one less WR--also I'm not sure Drew Davis survives the final cuts

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Reedy makes it over Roby or even Davis

I still don't understand why everyone wants to cut Drew Davis. I can think of several reasons why he should make the team:

-one of our best blocking WRs. Especially from the slot. A cut back blocking demon

-has a cap hit of $330K that won't even scratch the top 51

-as sure handed as they come with a 4.2% drop rate (one drop on 24 targets)

-makes some tough acrobatic catches

-can find the end zone. 3 TDs on 24 targets = 12.5% TD rate. Harry Dougle has 3 TDs on his last 188 targets = 1.6% TD rate. Jeez

-special teams beast

I just don't get it folks. Teams usually don't PUP a player they plan to cut. They typically just do an injury settlement. Can yall please stop with the cut Drew bush it?

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I don't see the 6 ILB's. Either Dobbins or Angerer goes, doubt we keep both. Jaques Smith over Stansly Maponga? dude must be balling out at camp. I could see us keeping Arenas. On Offense Gunn might take Carimi's spot. Overall a pretty good list.

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I still don't understand why everyone wants to cut Drew Davis. I can think of several reasons why he should make the team:

-one of our best blocking WRs. Especially from the slot. A cut back blocking demon

-has a cap hit of $330K that won't even scratch the top 51

-as sure handed as they come with a 4.2% drop rate (one drop on 24 targets)

-makes some tough acrobatic catches

-can find the end zone. 3 TDs on 24 targets = 12.5% TD rate. Harry Dougle has 3 TDs on his last 188 targets = 1.6% TD rate. Jeez

-special teams beast

I just don't get it folks. Teams usually don't PUP a player they plan to cut. They typically just do an injury settlement. Can yall please stop with the cut Drew bush it?

only reasons I could see for people suggesting he doesn't make it is due to his injury and someone like a Reedy stepping up in his absence, happens all the time.
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If Reedy continues to show that he can get down field and stretch the defense like he has so far in camp he will be the #4 WR. He still has a lot to prove but he has shown tremendous promise and you simply don't cut a player as a UDFA that has shown that much ability. Drew Davis is a nice player and all but he I don't see a real high ceiling for him.

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