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OFFENSE:

QB- Ryan, Yates (or Renfree)

WR- Jones, Hankerson

WR- White, Hester

Slot WR- Hardy, Weems

TE- Tamme, Toilolo, Moeaki

RB- Coleman, Freeman, A Smith

FB- DiMarco

LT- Matthews, Rodgers

LG- Baker, Person

OC- Hawley, Stone

RG- Asamoah, Konz

RT- Schraeder, Holmes

DEFENSE:

LEO- Beasley, Schofield

DT- Hageman, Babinaux

NT- Soliai, Jarrett (replaces Soliali on passing downs)

LDE- Clayborn, Jackson, Goodman (or Biermann)

WLB- Durant, Spruill (or Bartu)

MLB- Worrilow, Stupar

SLB- Reed, Shembo

RCB- Alford, Adams

NB- Collins, Allen

LCB- Trufant, King (CB or S)

FS- Southward, Godfrey

SS- Moore, Ishmael

SPECIAL TEAMS:

K- Bryant

P- Bosher

S- Harris

Second roster attempt: June 6.

Red denotes new players not in my initial 53-man roster.

Blue denotes players whose positions have been changed from my initial roster.

OFFENSE:

QB- Ryan, Yates (or Renfree)

WR- Jones, Hankerson

WR- White, Hester

Slot WR- Hardy, Weems

TE- Tamme, Toilolo, Moeaki

RB- Coleman, Freeman, A Smith

FB- Mooney (or DiMarco)

LT- Matthews, Baker

LG- Chester, Person

OC- Hawley, Stone

RG- Asamoah, Konz

RT- Schraeder, Holmes (or Polumbus or Rodgers)

DEFENSE:

LEO- Beasley, Schofield

DT- Hageman, Babinaux

NT- Soliai, Jarrett (replaces Soliali on passing downs)

LDE- Clayborn, Jackson, Goodman (or Matthews)

WLB- Durant, Spruill (or Bartu)

MLB- Worrilow, Stupar

SLB- Reed, Biermann

RCB- Alford, Southward

NB- Collins, Adams

LCB- Trufant, King (CB or S)

FS- Godfrey, Allen

SS- Moore, Ishmael

SPECIAL TEAMS:

K- Bryant

P- Bosher

S- Harris

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Nice work Prof! Pretty much what I have. Baker at guard was a failure in a power scheme, but maybe he can do some things in a zone blocking scheme.

Also, I think Allen might have his hands full with UDFA Therezie. Really fast guy (4.3 speed) that will light defenders up! He has some great tape out there. May even try him out at free safety. He did lead Auburn in ints with 4.

Otherwise, I agree with your lineup. Great job.

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Nice work Prof! Pretty much what I have. Baker at guard was a failure in a power scheme, but maybe he can do some things in a zone blocking scheme.

Also, I think Allen might have his hands full with UDFA Therezie. Really fast guy (4.3 speed) that will light defenders up! He has some great tape out there. May even try him out at free safety. He did lead Auburn in ints with 4.

Otherwise, I agree with your lineup. Great job.

Thanks for your comments. I have Baker at starting LG, at the moment, because I foresee him being better in a zone scheme than in a power scheme. I remember that I was impressed with Baker's ability to get to the second level in his first season as a Falcon. Whether he is still agile and mobile enough to get to the second level now is a big question. I included CB Ricardo Allen on the roster, although he does not fit well with what Quinn is looking for in a corner. Allen is too short and too slow. Therefore, I think his spot can be had. Thanks for the heads-up on Therezie; I'll keep my eye on him.

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Just curious, but who would step in at FB if DiMarco were to go down? With the RBs you're projecting we'll have, depth at the FB position is going to be important.

Not really anyone at the moment. I was hoping that Atlanta would draft a FB in the 7th round, or at least sign an undrafted FA to give DiMarco some type of competition. About the only possible FB on Atlanta's current roster, besides DiMarco, is 226 pound Jerome Smith. But he is more of a power RB than a FB lead-blocker.

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Thats about how I see it.

However, I think its going to be a fierce battle for that nickel back spot. Between Adams, White, Allen and whoever else its going to be fun to watch.

Do you see Collins as the starting outside CB rather than inside NB, and if so, where do you see Alford playing?

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Do you see Collins as an starting outside CB rather than inside NB, and if so, where do you see Alford playing?

I definitely think Alford starts, but slides inside when we go nickel with Collins outside. I think once Collins has experience and starts Alford will be the primary nickel so there's no changing positions.
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Just curious, but who would step in at FB if DiMarco were to go down? With the RBs you're projecting we'll have, depth at the FB position is going to be important.

Unless I'm mistaken, I believe Jacob Tamme did some H-Back/FB for the Broncos and the Colts. He would offer some virtual depth at FB on the active roster in a pinch. Stash another option on the practice squad in case we lost DiMarco for any length of time but otherwise I don't think we need to weaken another area of the team to keep a backup option at FB.

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We might carry 6 receivers, but honestly, I see Hester more as a slot guy IF he's starting that high at all. I see Hankerson backing up White primarily and maybe doubling as our primary slot guy.

We can get by with 5 receivers. If Hester can be cut without too much of a cap hit, don't be surprised if he is. That would be Jones, White, Hankerson, Hardy and Weems. I could see us riding that rotation into the season. When we ran this system before, we almost always carried 5 wideouts. You just don't need that many when you're running 3-wide at most and 2-wide more than people might think we will. I don't see us running a lot of spread. Though, the lack of a FB and TE might force us to work the outside more, so you never know.

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Unless I'm mistaken, I believe Jacob Tamme did some H-Back/FB for the Broncos and the Colts. He would offer some virtual depth at FB on the active roster in a pinch. Stash another option on the practice squad in case we lost DiMarco for any length of time but otherwise I don't think we need to weaken another area of the team to keep a backup option at FB.

agreed... we need depth at OL more than anything

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We might carry 6 receivers, but honestly, I see Hester more as a slot guy IF he's starting that high at all. I see Hankerson backing up White primarily and maybe doubling as our primary slot guy.

We can get by with 5 receivers. If Hester can be cut without too much of a cap hit, don't be surprised if he is. That would be Jones, White, Hankerson, Hardy and Weems. I could see us riding that rotation into the season. When we ran this system before, we almost always carried 5 wideouts. You just don't need that many when you're running 3-wide at most and 2-wide more than people might think we will. I don't see us running a lot of spread. Though, the lack of a FB and TE might force us to work the outside more, so you never know.

No way we cut Hester over Weems. I love me some Weems too but I just don't see it happening.

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I definitely think Alford starts, but slides inside when we go nickel with Collins outside. I think once Collins has experience and starts Alford will be the primary nickel so there's no changing positions.

Good point about Alford moving inside on passing downs, with Collins at outside CB on those downs.

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No way we cut Hester over Weems. I love me some Weems too but I just don't see it happening.

I think we absolutely could. Remember, Shanahan doesn't really need a guy like Hester. His scheme won't really feature a guy like that. So what we have is an aging, overpaid return man. I love Devin Hester, and I'd love to see him stay. But I won't be shocked for a second if he's cut. If he stays, I don't see him being a huge part of the offense like he was under Koetter. That's not a knock on Koetter or Shanny. It's just that he was a scheme fit last season and he really isn't so much this season.

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I can't see Rodgers staying outside.

Rodgers could definitely go inside, but he could possibly stay outside as a swing tackle. From a scouting report:

"STRENGTHS

A versatile offensive lineman with experience at guard and right tackle, Jake Rodgers is athletic enough to be a swing tackle or guard in the NFL. Rodgers, who started his career at Washington State, has the short-area movement of a former tight end and is an easy, fluid mover on the line. Rodgers has a good foundation for improvement. Once situated at one position in the NFL, his technique could improve, and he could become a high-level backup or potential starter.

WEAKNESSES

Rodgers doesn't show flexibility in space and will get stiff in his legs when asked to slide with defenders. He's survived for so long on athleticism that he needs a lot of work with his timing and base. He won't win with his punch and doesn't show much power there to knock pass-rushers off key. He lacks the mean streak on film to take over games and dominate an opponent."

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Prof, Quinn did say after drafting Rodgers at the presser the he was working him out at the tackle position. I will edit this post when I find the link. I don't think things are set in stone though.

Southward could be a corner or fs, so could Thesezie and King. Rodgers could definitely be moved inside though with his experience. His only real knock is strength in his hands...

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Falcons_Exit_Draft_with_Versatile_Group/8c6f1c99-745a-4102-b717-eac65ed8ea5c

Talks about Rodgers at 8:37

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Great balance 25 players on off & def with 3 ST Prof. But I believe we usually only keep 9 Offensive lineman. I believe we will so with least a player, maybe Konz, to be back-up at both OG positions thusly leaving Person off the team. I believe we will use the extra spot to keep an additional D-lineman as they rotate in more than O-lineman. Like it or not, Biermann's versatility may keep him on the roster as he can provide depth at several position. Just my thoughts though, nice 1st attempt at 53.

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Prof, Quinn did say after drafting Rodgers at the presser the he was working him out at the tackle position. I will edit this post when I find the link. I don't think things are set in stone though.

Southward could be a corner or fs, so could Thesezie and King. Rodgers could definitely be moved inside though with his experience. His only real knock is strength in his hands...

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Falcons_Exit_Draft_with_Versatile_Group/8c6f1c99-745a-4102-b717-eac65ed8ea5c

Talks about Rodgers at 8:37

Thanks for the update and video. Quinn said that he thought Rodgers would be tried as a swing tackle, who could play both right and left. Quinn also said that Akeem King would be tried at outside CB first, rather than Safety.

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