Which Atlanta Falcons are on the "roster bubble"?

Who's In, Who's Out: My Early Look

With 26 days to go before the Atlanta Falcons kickoff the 2010 season, I wanted to take a look at which players might be there for the inevitable Super Bowl run.

In 17 days every NFL team must get their rosters down to 53 players. The Falcons currently have 79 so some quick math tell us that 26 players will see their dreams of playing for the Falcons temporarily (or permanently) ended. Sure, eight of them could latch on to the practice squad, but it’s the final 53 that matters.

So who’s in and who’s out? Your curiosity is killing you.

We’ll take this position by position. First up, the wide receivers.


Receivers

In: Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran, Kerry Meier

Out: Eric Weems, Ryan Wolfe, Troy Bergeron, Andy Strickland, Brandyn Harvey, Tim Buckley

Decisions: Weems is the wild card. If he wins return duties, they’ll have to keep six receivers.


Quarterbacks

In: Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson

Out: None.

Decisions: The Falcons only have three quarterbacks on the roster so this is an easy one.


Tight Ends

In: Tony Gonzalez, Justin Peelle, Keith Zinger

Out: Michael Palmer, Robbie Agnone

Decisions: Gonzalez and Peelle are set. The only possible battle is if Palmer can supplant Zinger.


Offensive Line

In: Todd McClure, Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, Sam Baker, Tyson Clabo, Brett Romberg, Quinn Ojinnaka, Mike Johnson, Will Svitek

Out: Garrett Reynolds, Joe Hawley, Blake Schlueter, Jose Valdez, Rob Bruggeman

Decisions: Reynolds may find a spot but there’s not room for anyone else.


Tailback

In: Michael Turner, Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling

Out: Antone Smith, Dimitri Nance

Decisions: There’s a lot of love for Nance right now, but this was never a competition. The big three will remain.


Fullback

In: Ovie Mughelli, Dan Klecko

Out: None.

Decisions: Another no-brainer.

That’s the offense. 15 players will have to turn in their playbook. Now let’s move on to the defense.


Defensive Tackle

In: Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Corey Peters, Thomas Johnson

Out: Trey Lewis, Vance Walker

Decisions: Only the first three spots are locks. Johnson, Lewis or Walker could take the final spot.


Defensive End

In: John Abraham, Jamaal Anderson, Lawrence Sidbury, Chauncey Davis, Kroy Biermann

Out: Emmanuel Stephens, Rajon Henley

Decisions: The only competition is where they fit on the depth chart.


Outside Linebacker

In: Stephen Nicholas, Mike Peterson, Coy Wire, Sean Weatherspoon

Out: Weston Johnson, Robert James

Decisions: Another lock. Johnson and James are out.


Middle Linebacker

In: Curtis Lofton, Spencer Adkins

Out: Bear Woods

Decisions: I know it pains the Falcons community but I think the Bear is practice squad material.


Cornerback

In: Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes, Christopher Owens, Brian Williams, Dominique Franks

Out: Chevis Jackson, Gabe Derricks

Decisions: This is a tough one. It will come down to Franks and Jackson. The Falcons may end up keeping six CBs but I’m not sure where they gain that extra spot.


Safety

In: Erik Coleman, Thomas DeCoud, William Moore, Matt Giordano, Shann Schillinger

Out: Rafael Bush, Eric Brock

Decisions: Schillinger was on the bubble but another solid performance like last Friday and he’ll be the last safety.

And there’s the defense. 11 players will be released leaving 25 on the active roster. The specialists are all decided but we’ll take a peek at them anyway.


Specialists

Kicker – Matt Bryant
Punter - Michael Koenen
Long Snapper – Joe Zelenka

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Fire away in the comments or find me on Twitter.

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