Dec 8, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) carries the football as Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) defends during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Offensive Depth Chart Observations
The Atlanta Falcons recently released their preseason depth chart with their game against the Tennessee Titans looming. A new coaching staff promises a fresh look at the roster and that has been fulfilled with some key changes.
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The following is the offensive depth chart released:
The team likes what they see in
that they have him listed as a starter. Or rather, he’s the best of a bad bunch. He’s also seen
might not be ready.
has been the left guard in such situations.
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The depth along the offensive line looks very poor. There are some NCAA starting offensive lines which wouldn’t have room for some of the backups.
Nov 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) talk against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive Depth Chart Observation
A new scheme is also incorporated on the defensive side of the ball which can be best described as a hybrid 4-3 and 3-4. It features 4-down lineman including a 3-tech but aside from that, it is essentially a 3-4.
The following is the defensive depth chart released:
|Vic Beasley Jr.
- Vic Beasley will play LEO. It was a question whether he had the body type to be an every-down defensive end but the coaches have loved what he’s shown so far.
- Ra’Shede Hageman nicks the starting spot from long-time starter Jonathan Babineaux and will play 3-tech where he gets to show off his extreme athleticism.
- Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson are back to the positions they made their name and hopefully return to the level they played at before.
- Adrian Clayborn will alternate between defensive end and defensive tackle just like Michael Bennett did in Seattle under Dan Quinn. He will go in over Jackson when the team feels they need a boost to the pass rush.
- Rookie Grady Jarrett is 3rd string but defensive line coach Bryan Cox mentioned Jarrett has started to come into his own. He has the ability to play either of the defensive tackle spots.
- Brooks Reed has been injured but still retains a starting role as the SAM. He will be asked to do a bit of everything.
- The linebacker corps is weak overall. They need Justin Durant back to his best and hope Paul Worrilow continues to make strides.
- Allen Bradford has received some praise from William Moore and could be a surprise candidate to make the 53-man roster depending on how he plays over these next 4 weeks.
- Ricardo Allen has seized the free safety position and well-deserved at that. He’s been working hard after spending the majority of last season on the practice squad despite being a 5th round pick.
A fresh new perspective on the roster can open the door for young talents like Ricardo Allen or Ra’Shede Hageman to put a stamp on the NFL or help breathe new life into veterans like Paul Soliai and Adrian Clayborn. Dan Quinn has the players he needs for his system and now it’s up to them to respond.
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