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Falcons' talent on improved defensive line goes deep in projected 53-man roster

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The Atlanta Falcons must cut their roster to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here's a final 53-man roster projection:

 

QUARTERBACKS (2): Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub

Ryan, the reigning MVP, hasn't missed a game since 2009. He has experience behind him in Schaub, who has 92 career starts.

 

RUNNING BACKS (4): Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, Brian Hill

Freeman and Coleman, with a combined 4,527 yards from scrimmage and 39 touchdowns over the past two seasons, are one of the best running back duos in the NFL. Freeman appears set for Week 1 after progressing through the concussion protocol. Ward, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State in 2015, saw plenty of time this preseason with Freeman missing two games.

 

FULLBACK (1): Derrick Coleman

The first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history, Coleman has a relentless work ethic and can keep up to speed on offense thanks, in part, to reading lips.

 

WIDE RECEIVER (6): Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy, Andre Roberts, Reggie Davis

The perennial Pro Bowler Jones barely broke a sweat playing a few snaps of one preseason game as he worked his way back from surgery to remove a bunion on his left foot. Sanu has been strong and sure-handed, and Gabriel is a dangerous, speedy deep threat.

 

TIGHT END (3): Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, Joshua Perkins

Hooper is ready to take that next step in his second season and has become a much better route runner. Toilolo has found a niche in blocking.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre, Alex Mack, Wes Schweitzer, Ryan Schraeder, Ben Garland, Sean Harlow, Austin Pasztor, D.J. Tialavea

With veteran Chris Chester retiring, the competition for the starting right guard spot has been intense between Schweitzer and Garland. Matthews, a former first-round pick, has to take his game to another level and be a difference-maker coming off a costly Super Bowl mistake. Mack is the line's anchor and Schraeder has become a force.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE (9): Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe, Takkarist McKinley, Ra'Shede Hageman, Brooks Reed, Adrian Clayborn, Derrick Shelby, Courtney Upshaw, Jack Crawford

Although much of the attention is focused on the addition of the two-time Pro Bowler Poe, Jarrett is a guy with superstar potential coming off a three-sack performance in the Super Bowl. First-round pick McKinley brings relentless rush ability and more toughness up front.

 

LINEBACKER (6): Vic Beasley Jr., Deion Jones, De'Vondre Campbell, Duke Riley, Jermaine Grace, Kemal Ishmael

Outside linebacker Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season and honed his craft this summer at Von Miller's pass-rush summit. The speedy Jones impressed in his first year, leading all rookies with 108 tackles. After undergoing Lasik surgery this offseason, Campbell should see things better in Year 2. Keep an eye out for the rookie Riley, who has impressed with his motor and energy.

 

CORNERBACK (6): Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, C.J. Goodwin, Brian Poole, Deji Olatoye, Blidi Wreh-Wilson

The return of the Pro Bowler Trufant from last year's season-ending pectoral surgery will be a tremendous boost for the defense. Alford has all the tools to be special but needs to avoid penalties. The guy to watch is Goodwin, a converted receiver with tremendous athleticism who continues to grow into the position.

 

SAFETY (4): Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee, Sharrod Neasmann

Allen is a leader who understands the defense better than anybody, and new defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel raved about what Allen brings to the team. Neal is a hard hitter in the mold of Kam Chancellor. The rookie Kazee has ball-hawking ability, but has missed time with an ankle injury. He is expected to be back on the field next week. Ishmael's ability to slide over to safety gives them insurance in case anything happens to Neal.

 

SPECIALISTS (3): Matt Bryant, Matt Bosher, Josh Harris.

The 42-year-old Bryant is still productive entering his 17th season and ninth in Atlanta. His 158 points last season were a career high. Bosher has been consistent over his six-year run with the Falcons.

 

Vaughn McClure contributed to this report.

 

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Some observations.  ESPN projects that:

RB Brian Hill will make the final roster, but not TE Eric Saubert. Thus, they project Atlanta will carry 4 RBs, not counting FB, and just  3 TEs. I suppose they think Hill will be better on Special Teams than Saubert.

DJ Tialavea makes the roster as an Offensive Lineman, although he could also back-up TE.

Undrafted Reggie Davis makes the team as the #6 WR over Nick Williams, Marvin Hall, and Dable.

Undrafted Jermaine Grace makes the team at LB, which makes since with LeRoy Reynolds going down, but not DEs Chris Odom or J'Terius Jones.

 

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Realizing that Jalen Collins is also not on this 53-man projection... doesn't he need a space even if on suspension?

Our Weakside LB and Backup CBs look to need a vet presence, but with the improved rush I expect that to cover a number of potential issues in coverage. Seeing Goodwin consistently beat by 3rd string WR has tempered my expectations.

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24 minutes ago, ramonezy said:

Realizing that Jalen Collins is also not on this 53-man projection... doesn't he need a space even if on suspension?

 

He won't count towards the 53 while on suspension.  When his suspension is up they will have to release someone to make room.

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I wanted to poke holes in this roster projection but I can totally see it playing out this way.

However, I still think WR6 could be Hall or Davis and to a lesser extent, Williams.

It will be interesting to see if Hill, or DJ makes the 53. I don't think DJ makes it. I suspect that we will look to the waiver wire for more back-up tackle help this weekend.

With Reynolds potentially injured, I think Grace did more than enough to secure a spot on the 53.

I like Saubert's long term potential but I don't know if he did enough to supplant Perkins as TE3.

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1 hour ago, ramonezy said:

Realizing that Jalen Collins is also not on this 53-man projection... doesn't he need a space even if on suspension?

Our Weakside LB and Backup CBs look to need a vet presence, but with the improved rush I expect that to cover a number of potential issues in coverage. Seeing Goodwin consistently beat by 3rd string WR has tempered my expectations.

No suspended players do not count against the 53-man roster, nor against the salary-cap, since they are not paid while on suspension. Players on Injured Reserve do not count against the 53-man roster, but they still count against the team's salary-cap.

From overthecap:

"Reserve/Suspended- This listing is for players who have been suspended by the NFL. Players on the suspended list are not paid for their time suspended, do not count against the active 53, and their salaries are reduced to reflect the weeks they are suspended."

 

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Saubert makes the 53. He may be inactive every game but he makes it.

I think B. Hill will clear waivers and we go with 3 backs. Tough call there though.

There is no room for Odom unless we cut one of the Vets. He likely clears waivers and goes on the PS initially.

No way we carry DJ on the 53 I don't think. He isn't ready to be a tackle yet in the NFL. Rest is okay.

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4 hours ago, FentayeJones said:

I wanted to poke holes in this roster projection but I can totally see it playing out this way.

However, I still think WR6 could be Hall or Davis and to a lesser extent, Williams.

It will be interesting to see if Hill, or DJ makes the 53. I don't think DJ makes it. I suspect that we will look to the waiver wire for more back-up tackle help this weekend.

With Reynolds potentially injured, I think Grace did more than enough to secure a spot on the 53.

I like Saubert's long term potential but I don't know if he did enough to supplant Perkins as TE3.

Appears Atlanta got another OT even before the waiver wire:

Adam SchefterVerified account @AdamSchefter 7m7 minutes ago

Denver traded OT Ty Sambrailo traded to Atlanta for a 2018 fifth-round pick, per source.

https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author

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Just now, theProf said:

Appears Atlanta got another OT even before the waiver wire:

Adam SchefterVerified account @AdamSchefter 7m7 minutes ago

Denver traded OT Ty Sambrailo traded to Atlanta for a 2018 fifth-round pick, per source.

Yeah, I didnt think we were going to roll with DJ, Brunskill or Knappe on the 53. Too inexperienced and still needs a lot of work.

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18 minutes ago, FentayeJones said:

Yeah, I didnt think we were going to roll with DJ, Brunskill or Knappe on the 53. Too inexperienced and still needs a lot of work.

I posted several weeks ago that I thought the Falcons weakest position depth-wise was at OT. So I was very glad to see that the Falcons added vet OT help with Pasztor, and now Sambrailo, who might be a little better than we think due to prior injuries:

Mike KlisVerified account @MikeKlis 19m19 minutes ago

Sambrailo a 2nd-rd pick from CSU in 2015. Beset by upper-body injuries past 2 years. Added 15 lbs muscle, lost 5% body fat this yr. #9sports

 

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4 hours ago, SkerFalcon8710 said:

I honestly think we look to move Reed who is 31 on a oversized contract for how much he actually plays..

in favor of a cheap young emerging talent in Odom.

Reed being moved/cut would give us some cap relief and help us in the quest to sign some of these DL FA next off season 

This makes sense. And the same thought crossed my mine, as well.

 

i just wasn't bold enough to post it

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Anybody else notice that we have two of the best FS we've had in some time in Allen and Kazee...and they're BOTH former CBs.  If we end up keeping both for a substantial time I think we have little to no drop off when one or the other is on the field. Pair that with our CBs we already have and we could be such a ball hawking defense this year that we have no choice but to exceed some of the records we set last year.  Yards and points especially!

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