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Corey Peters' status unknown

Sep 1 5:00PM ET

By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Defensive tackle Corey Peters was on the practice field Monday for the Atlanta Falcons, but his status for Sunday's season opener against the rival New Orleans Saints remains unclear.

Peters didn't play in any preseason games as he continued to recover from last December's Achilles tear, suffered against the San Francisco 49ers. Peters expressed hope about being able to return to game action this week, but coach Mike Smith wouldn't commit to such just yet.

"We're not set on what we're going to do with Corey,'' Smith said. "Corey is going to have really his second padded practice on Wednesday. But he's done everything that we've asked. And we'll make a determination on Wednesday after he's had a really full, full workload this week.''

Peters was a key figure in two close games against the Saints last season with eight tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit. The Falcons lost both games by scores of 23-17 and 17-13.

Both right guard Jon Asamoah and rookie safety Dez Southward practiced Monday coming off injuries. Asamoah had been slowed by a minor groin injury, while Southward was cleared coming off a concussion.

"We're going to be in pretty good shape,'' Smith said of the health of his team. "The injury report will come out on Wednesday. But we had good participation in practice today. I'll say that.''

The first part of practice was devoted to special teams and newly added linebacker Nate Stupar got plenty of work. He showed the ability to hustle down the field and make a play, which is why the Falcons claimed him off waivers from Jacksonville.

"He's an inside linebacker that has a lot of special-teams experience,'' Smith said. "And we felt like he was going to give us a better 53-man roster and gives us a little bit more flexibility.''

Veteran defensive lineman Cliff Matthews was another player doing a lot of running up and down on special teams, which speaks to why he was viewed as a necessary part of the 53-man roster.

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Veteran defensive lineman Cliff Matthews was another player doing a lot of running up and down on special teams, which speaks to why he was viewed as a necessary part of the 53-man roster.

I certainly wondered why Cliff Matthews made the final roster over Travian Robertson. Evidently Matthews can play on Special Teams, while Robertson can't.

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I certainly wondered why Cliff Matthews made the final roster over Travian Robertson. Evidently Matthews can play on Special Teams, while Robertson can't.

Yes, that must be the reason. It's kind of frustrating though, to see a guy clearly better at his particular position be ousted by a guy with more versatility. Matthews is a jack of all trades but a master of none. Travian is working at becoming a master of his trade as a run stopping beast. Hopefully he will get another shot, because he is good depth...

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Yes, that must be the reason. It's kind of frustrating though, to see a guy clearly better at his particular position be ousted by a guy with more versatility. Matthews is a jack of all trades but a master of none. Travian is working at becoming a master of his trade as a run stopping beast. Hopefully he will get another shot, because he is good depth...

Well at least, Robertson is on the Falcons Practice Squad. It's fortunate that the Practice Squad rules changed this year. The PS was expanded to 10 members, up from 8, and 2 of the members could have up to 2 years of accrued NFL experience each (old rules: a player was ineligible for the Practice Squad if they had a year of accrued NFL experience). Robertson become PS eligible under the new rules, because he already has two years of accrued NFL experience.

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So are they tryin to keep peters status hush hush? Dude hasn't played a snap and the saints are always an important game. Whatever

Do you think that his entire injury was a trick? They figured last year was over when he was supposedly hurt. But, instead of actually recovering from an injury, they were secretly bulking him up with gamma rays and now he is our secret weapon to stop all the evil forces in the NFL.

This would also explain why we didn't really go after a solid pass rusher in free agency or the draft. And, maybe Jerry threatened to expose the secret to the rest of the NFL-they put him on the team to quiet him and eventually found a way to pay him to stay quiet.

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Been a freaking merry go round alright...

Actually, we are pretty near 100% full strength - Peters might be a few weeks away but almost all of our other injured personnel look like they will play this Sunday (Southward, Asamoah, S Jax) or have been completely written off for the year (Baker, Weatherspoon, etc.)

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I certainly wondered why Cliff Matthews made the final roster over Travian Robertson. Evidently Matthews can play on Special Teams, while Robertson can't.

I forget which thread it was, but I commented during a preseason game that Cliff was on the opening kickoff return unit and that he was closer to a roster spot than we gave him credit for.

He also got some early game snaps on our nickel packages at DT. Which opened my eyes too.

In retrospect, we all should have paid more attention to the snaps Hageman has been getting at the 0 and 1 techniques. Combined with Cliff on ST, the writing was on the wall for Travian.

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Do you think that his entire injury was a trick? They figured last year was over when he was supposedly hurt. But, instead of actually recovering from an injury, they were secretly bulking him up with gamma rays and now he is our secret weapon to stop all the evil forces in the NFL.

This would also explain why we didn't really go after a solid pass rusher in free agency or the draft. And, maybe Jerry threatened to expose the secret to the rest of the NFL-they put him on the team to quiet him and eventually found a way to pay him to stay quiet.

You actually just explained my point big guy. Peters isn't ready and sTains know that and they won't be buying that he's ready. If we get fed this bs and see through it Betta be **** sure millionaire coaches know what's up!

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"He's an inside linebacker that has a lot of special-teams experience,'' Smith said. "And we felt like he was going to give us a better 53-man roster and gives us a little bit more flexibility.''

and its as simple as that...yet people feel the need to ***** and whine like 10 year old girls.

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With so much emphasis on special team, it's going to be interesting to see who is on the active and inactive list. Stone, Renfree and Schraeder are almost a given to be inactive.

However they line up, the defensive depth looks shaky at the start of the season.

Where is the defensive depth shaky specifically? Certainly not on the interior or in secondary..LBs are deep but not necessarily talented. Please point out what area of defense you're referring too

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Where is the defensive depth shaky specifically? Certainly not on the interior or in secondary..LBs are deep but not necessarily talented. Please point out what area of defense you're referring too

This depends on who you call LBs. Bartu, Warlock, Shembo and the new guy - true LBs. Then LoveMuffin, Maponga, Mass, Osi - these are DEs that will be learning OLB as we go. The beef in the middle, right now is Soliai, Jackson and Hageman. Peters probably isn't ready to go. If there's an injury the big guys won't be fresh by the 4th qtr.

The secondary is good to go. Plenty of guys to insert in case of of injury.

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Smith said Stupar had experience on ST just when and where did this experience come from?? He's only played in 2 NFL season games

must be college and preseason experience

"Originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has played in 12 career games, primarily on special teams. Stupar has spent time with the Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He appeared in five games and made five special teams tackles for the 49ers in 2013 before being waived. Stupar finished the 2013 season in Jacksonville where he saw action in seven games."

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/team/roster/Nate-Stupar/78b76498-3b7c-4453-bd5b-6497bd221ba2

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"Originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has played in 12 career games, primarily on special teams. Stupar has spent time with the Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He appeared in five games and made five special teams tackles for the 49ers in 2013 before being waived. Stupar finished the 2013 season in Jacksonville where he saw action in seven games."

http://www.atlantafa...5b-6497bd221ba2

sorry I meant 12 games just missed the 1 when typing

Honestly I did look him up yesterday

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