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The Falcons released a 75-man depth chart for the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here's how it was laid out.
Post-75-man Depth Chart
WR: Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Kevin Cone, Martel Moore
LT: Sam Baker, Ryan Schraeder, Terren Jones
LG: Justin Blalock, Harland Gunn, Theo Goins
C: Peter Konz, Joe Hawley, Jacques McClendon
RG: Garrett Reynolds, Phillipkeith Manley
RT: Lamar Holmes, Alec Savoie
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Chase Coffman, Levine Toilolo, Andrew Szczerba
WR: Roddy White, Drew Davis, James Rodgers, Darius Johnson
QB: Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis, Sean Renfree
RB: Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, Antone Smith, Josh Vaughan, Ronnie Wingo
FB: Bradie Ewing, Patrick DiMarco
RE: Osi Umenyiora, Jonathan Massaquoi, Stansly Maponga
DT: Corey Peters, Peria Jerry, Micanor Regis, Adam Replogle
DT: Jonathan Babineaux, Travian Robertson, Neal Huynh
LE: Kroy Biermann, Cliff Matthews, Malliciah Goodman
OLB: Sean Weatherspoon, Robert James, Joplo Bartu
MLB: Akeem Dent, Pat Schiller, Brian Banks
OLB: Stephen Nicholas, Paul Worrilow
CB: Desmond Trufant, Robert McClain, Peyton Thompson, Jordan Mabin
CB: Asante Samuel, Robert Alford, Dominique Franks, Terrence Johnson
S: William Moore, Shann Schillinger, Zeke Motta
S: Thomas DeCoud, Charles Mitchell, Kemal Ishmael
K: Matt Bryant, Jeremy Shelley
KO: Matt Bosher
P: Matt Bosher
KR: Jacquizz Rodgers
PR: Dominique Franks, Harry Douglas
LS: Josh Harris
H: Matt Bosher
Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts
Playing general manager is always fun, but remember only Thomas Dimitroff has all the answers, and he's not telling anyone just yet. Here's a look at how the Falcons might get to 53 players.
- Martel Moore, WR: Moore started off camp hot but then fizzled. The Falcons will likely only keep five receivers on the 53-man roster with the top three spots solidly filled by White, Jones and Douglas. Moore doesn’t offer enough security for injury or special-teams play to warrant a roster spot.
- Darius Johnson, WR: Johnson just didn’t do enough in camp to secure a roster spot as a backup or special-teams ace.
- James Rodgers, WR: The only way Rodgers was going to make this team is as a return specialist. It looks as if Douglas and Alford are going to handle punt returns for the Falcons in 2013 and Rodgers' brother Jacquizz kick returns.
- Terren Jones, T: Jones was a longshot to make this roster, even with the injury to Michael Johnson. He didn’t show enough in camp to warrant a job.
- Theo Goins, G: Not only was Goins a longshot in camp, but he lost battles against teammates and against players from the Cincinnati Bengals in combine practices.
- Jacques McClendon, C: The Falcons only need two centers on the roster and Konz and Hawley aren’t going anywhere. There’s no room for McClendon.
- Alec Savoie, T: Savoie was splitting reps early in camp with Holmes and Schraeder at tackle, but fell off in that competition as camp progressed.
- Andrew Szczerba, TE: With Coffman securely the backup, and the upside potential of Toilolo, there’s no room on the roster for a fourth tight end.
- Sean Renfree, QB: Renfree had some good moments in camp and could be back on Atlanta’s practice squad if some other team doesn’t scoop him up.
- Josh Vaughan, RB: The Falcons will likely only carry four running backs and the top three spots are filled. Vaughan didn’t do enough to overtake Antone Smith on special teams.
- Ronnie Wingo, RB: It’s a numbers game at running back with the Falcons and the position is too crowded right now for Wingo.
- Micanor Regis, DT: The defensive line depth chart is crowded with young pass-rush specialist and ends that can cross-train to the inside. There was no room for Regis on the team.
- Adam Replogle, DT: With Matthews being able to step inside and play tackle, the Falcons only need to keep four tackles.
- Neal Huynh, DT: Huynh didn’t make the cut at this ultra-competitive spot on the Falcons roster.
- Robert James, LB: James is a team leader on special teams but doesn’t bring a lot on defense. Either Bartu or Worrilow can replace James’ special-teams numbers and offer more in case they need to play defense.
- Brian Banks, LB: Banks’ story is one of the best feel-good adventures in the NFL. But at the end of the day he spent too much time away from football and age, unceremoniously, caught up.
- Peyton Thompson, CB: Thompson’s camp claim to fame was a pick-six to end Atlanta’s Friday Night Lights scrimmage. After that, preseason action wasn’t too kind to him.
- Jordan Mabin, CB: The Falcons have room for probably five cornerbacks and Mabin didn’t push through the field to take one of the spots.
- Terrence Johnson, CB: Johnson was briefly on the team last season but depth at cornerback now kept him from returning in 2013.
- Shann Schillinger, S: Schillinger is coming off a 2012 injury to find a crowded landscape at safety. If the decision were just about skill and experience, Schillinger would stick around. But money also plays a factor too, forcing Schillinger away.
- Jeremy Shelley, K: Shelley absolutely impressed in camp and preseason. Unfortunately Bryant holds down the job of kicker firmly. If something happens to Bryant, Shelley’s number will be handy to Dimitroff, possibly even on speed dial.