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2016 Preseason: Whose Stock is on the Rise?


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With the first round of roster cuts a few days away, last Thursday’s contest against the Browns gave head coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff an important chance to evaluate their depth chart. Whose stock is trending upwards following Atlanta’s victory at FirstEnergy Stadium?

 

The Falcons’ second exhibition game of 2016, a 24-13 win over the Browns, included plenty of encouraging moments from those battling for roster spots. Here’s a look at five players who helped their cause against the Browns.

Brian Pooleicon-article-link.gif: Poole has made a strong case to not only make the roster, but be the team’s starting nickelback. The college free agent signing has impressed coaches and Dimitroff with his aggressive playing style, and in Atlanta’s first preseason game, he blended that intensity with technically sound football.

Ben Garlandicon-article-link.gif: Garland has played 87 snaps thus far in the preseason, more than all but three offensive players, according to NFL Game Stats and Information. In that time, the veteran center looked reliable enough to be serve as Alex Mackicon-article-link.gif’s backup in 2016. Garland “has totally jumped out to us in a big way,” Quinn said on Aug. 16 – a testament to how far he’s come since joining the practice squad last September.

Brandon Wildsicon-article-link.gif: With a touchdown in each of his first two NFL games, Wilds is making a big push for the Falcons’ No. 3 RB job. He’s tallied 75 yards on 18 carries, a 4.2 average, and made waves with a 32-yard score versus the Browns. He can add value on special teams, as well, especially with a 6-foot, 220-pound frame and good speed.

Matt Simmsicon-article-link.gif: It’s unclear if the Falcons will keep two or three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but Simms made a strong push for the No. 3 spot against Cleveland. After playing sparingly in the preseason opener, the former Tennessee Vol completed 10 of 13 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown – good for a 135.4 passer rating. Similar performances in Weeks 3 and 4 of the exhibition schedule could earn him a job behind Matt Ryanicon-article-link.gif and Matt Schaubicon-article-link.gif.

Joey Mbuicon-article-link.gif: Mbu made noise in Week 2 of the preseason by sacking Josh McCown in the third quarter. The defensive tackle worked his way onto the active roster last season and played well in limited snaps, earning a tackle for loss during Atlanta’s first matchup with Carolina. As one of the biggest players on the roster (6-foot-3, 310 pounds), Mbu could develop into an imposing presence along the defensive line.

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Cyrus Gray, Brandon Wilds,  - to bad prolly gonna just keep one, both have looked good.

Matt Simms -  he beats out Renfree for the 3rd QB spot , if we keep 3 

 Tom Compton- that big dude can move, has looked more impressive than ever to me 

Devondre Campbell- even though he got beat for a big pass last week, he was right  there, it took a perfect pass to beat him.

Mckissic- to me he has won the returners job, but his competition Devin Fuller, looks better at wr than as a returner, 

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I think both Gray and Wilds have looked really good running the football.  Teco needs to pick-it-up or watch his back.  

On a side note, despite some of the whining around here, I just saw on NFL.com that ATL is #1 in team offense (#2 in passing & #3 in rushing so good balance) and #4 in team defense.  Let's hope to god that carries over into the regular season.  I'll settle for top 3 offense and top 10 defense all-day.  Huge caveat though, as 49ers are #2 in offense, so it's obviously meaningless to a large extent.

 

 

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Slappywhite said:

Mckissic- to me he has won the returners job, but his competition Devin Fuller, looks better at wr than as a returner, 

I'm not sure anyone make a team anymore because of return skills...Most kick offs are going into the end zone and you then start at the 25 yard line.  Teams will most likely keep the more skilled receiver if they are smart which is clearly Devin Fuller.

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11 hours ago, peoriabird said:

I'm not sure anyone make a team anymore because of return skills...Most kick offs are going into the end zone and you then start at the 25 yard line.  Teams will most likely keep the more skilled receiver if they are smart which is clearly Devin Fuller.

I agree partly with this and respect your opinion but in the return game its not even close, the FO needs to decide whether they want a guy whos a threat on kickoff, as we all have seen so far,  or a guy who looks lost on kickoffs, his receiving skills have surprised so far, but so has Mckissic's  who's no slouch there either. 

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12 hours ago, peoriabird said:

I'm not sure anyone make a team anymore because of return skills...Most kick offs are going into the end zone and you then start at the 25 yard line.  Teams will most likely keep the more skilled receiver if they are smart which is clearly Devin Fuller.

I wonder if teams won't start making their opponents return, because of the 25-yard start. 

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