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Sunday, Jul 28, 2019 03:38 PM

Falcons release first unofficial depth chart 

Matt Tabeek

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons released their first depth chart of 2019 on Sunday.

While it’s very early in camp and there’s still much to be decided when it comes some of the key position battles, there are a few interesting takeaways from the initial depth chart.

On offense, James Carpenter is listed ahead of Jamon Brown at left guard. That is one of the key position battles in camp, but as Falcons coach Dan Quinn noted following Sunday’s Red-White scrimmage, it's basically a toss-up right now. To no one’s surprise, rookie first-round pick Chris Lindstrom is penciled in at right guard. At right tackle, Ty Sambrailo is ahead of the other first-round pick, Kaleb McGary.

Falcons fans are happy to see Devonta Freeman healthy and back as the lead back, but the order behind him is interesting. Following Ito Smith as the primary No. 2 is Brian Hill. Kenjon Barner, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James round out the six spots.

On defense, the Falcons listed five linemen and two linebackers, but fans shouldn’t read too much into that – that alignment can change from down to down.

Regardless, Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley are the two edge rushers while Grady Jarrett, Tyeler Davison and Allen Bailey (pictured below) are inside. Both Davison and Bailey are newcomers. Also noteworthy is seeing rookie John Cominsky listed behind Bailey.

The secondary is what you’d expect with Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver listed as the starting corners with Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal back as the starting safeties. Damontae Kazee is listed as the primary backup to Trufant. But, again, if the Falcons line up in a nickel package, count on Kazee being on the field.

There were no surprises when it comes to special teams.

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1 hour ago, Nu Dirty Birdz said:

This is the 5-2-4 set that they’ve been running in TC. I guess it is a more STOUT front 7, but after tying for the league lead in interceptions (7) last season..., I still think you gotta have a Nickel package that employs Kazee as your base package.


One of the big d-linemen(most likely Davison) will come off the field during nickel situations.


Another DB(Kazee) will then hit the field.

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Reading the Dline I could put together a lot a combinations for when we use a NASCAR package. I saw Crawfords name behind Grady but mostly saw them on the field together last season. Im not sure how good Davison is on passing downs but, some packages could be

Takk, Crawford, Grady, Vic

Takk, Clay, Grady, Vic

Clay, Grady, Takk, Vic

Clay, Bailey, Grady Takk 

Then you still have Hageman to make the roster. 



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2 hours ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

Ollisons name hanst been mentioned, maybe hes still learning.. Just had high hopes for the guy

DQ was raving about Brian Hills development this year, as well as his ability to catch balls. Looks like, Ollison included, we have a very deep and talented RB corps with Freeman back.

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12 hours ago, FalconFan13 said:

Destroyed that man and took his lunch money.  Then stood there at the QB for like 2 or 3 seconds before QB ran to try and make a play.  If that was a real game that would have been a Sack in less than 2 seconds  Cominsky was a monster that play.

And his butt could be starting too.

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The Falcons just put out their first “unofficial” depth chart of the summer, which is a fun way of saying that while it’s obviously official by dint of being release by the team, you shouldn’t take it as gospel. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some eyebrow-raising items that we should explore further, and now we shall do just that.

What’s worth remarking upon?

#1: Russell Gage as Julio’s direct backup

Gage has been one of the darlings of summer workouts, making nice catches and blowing by defenders whenever he’s given the chance. At least in the early going, Gage is being listed as Julio’s direct backup, something that gives him a real shot at a more significant role than anticipated.

That’s because Julio, like several other elite wide receivers, plays between 75-80% of the offensive snaps. Both he and Mohamed Sanu checked in under 80% in 2018, which gives Gage a shot at a non-trivial number of targets and snaps if he can stick and make his value known. His speed makes him intriguing, at the very least, and I’m hoping we’ll see him show out this preseason.

#2: Kaleb McGary a backup, Chris Lindstrom and James Carpenter starting

The OL was always going to be a source of intrigue this offseason, and it appears we’ll have some genuine competitions here. Lindstrom is a slam dunk for a starting role at right guard, but Kaleb McGary has not pushed past Ty Sambrailo just yet despite his obvious promise. For McGary, it’ll be a question of showing he’s polished and ready for a major role, though the physical talent is evident and Sambrailo has not looked sharp thus far this summer, per most observers.

At left guard, things ought to go down to the wire. Carpenter is the more experienced and steady option and makes sense as the de facto starter of the moment, but given his contract structure, youth, and power, Brown is still a player i suspect the Falcons are hoping will win a role. We’ll see if he can do it, starting with a strong showing Thursday night.

#3: Wes Schweitzer as the backup center

Schweitzer has been an afterthought for a while now, as he turned in a solid but unspectacular 2017 season as a full-time starting guard and then was ticketed as a reserve until injuries forced him into the lineup in 2018. The team’s obvious lack of love for him as a guard aside—they signed two starting-caliber free agents and made their first overall pick in the draft a guard—they have him listed as the backup center, which is intriguing.

Schweitzer has plenty of experience at this point and has turned in at least decent performances in multiple seasons, so the thought of the Falcons turning to him as Alex Mack’s heir apparent or at least long-term reserve is a lot better than trying to hit the draft lottery or signing what promises to be an otherwise underwhelming crop of free agents in 2020. It’s worth watching whether this designation sticks.

#4: Tyeler Davison as the starter next to Grady Jarrett

On one hand, the amount of rotation that’s ahead for this defensive line and in particular this defensive tackle group is likely to make the de facto starter sort of irrelevant. On the other hand, Tyeler Davison!

The veteran former Saint turned in three solid starting seasons in New Orleans, primarily as a run stopper, but flew under the radar a bit with Allen Bailey aboard and Jack Crawford, Ra’Shede Hageman, and Deadrin Senat already here. Nonetheless, his quietly strong play figures to make him a major part of this team’s rotation, and he’s probably one of their most capable run defenders from day one. I don’t expect him to relinquish this gig.

#5: Five defensive ends?

It’s hard to know how much to read into the way the Falcons are aligning


What you need to know as the Falcons put pencil to paper on their roster.

personnel, but the fact that they’ve listed five defensive ends and two linebackers ought to pique everyone’s interest. There’s a non-trivial chance the Falcons will actually run some 5-2 fronts in 2019, especially against offenses that are fond of the option, because it allows them to put a strong, beefy front led by Takk McKinley, Grady Jarrett, Davison, and Allen Bailey on the field and still make use of Vic Beasley, who can function in a defensive end/linebacker hybrid role that the Falcons have been sort of preparing him for. It’s not like these kinds of front are entirely new to the Falcons, but with so many capable players and in particular the addition of Bailey, it’s possible they’ll actually use it a bit more often.

That said, it’s not like it’s going to happen all the time, so it’s more something to monitor for the moment

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