Falcons’ Gameday: Preseason Week 4

Mike Smith does not find Jack Del Rio's kicker joke very funny.

The Atlanta Falcons travel to EverBank Field to play the Jacksonville Jaguars this evening. It is the last preseason game and the end of the road for 20 or so Atlanta Falcons. The last chance to change – or enforce – a coach’s opinion of you. The Falcons are loaded at the key positions but let’s take a peek at the bubble guys we should be keeping an eye on in this one.

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Offense

Matt Bryant. The bell tolls for thee.

If the Falcons keep six receivers, Troy Bergeron could sneak in. Otherwise, the big five are locked.

Michael Palmer could secure the third TE position supplanting Keith Zinger.

I don’t pretend to know how the offensive line will shake out but I’m hearing Brett Romberg might give way to Joe Hawley on the 53-man roster.

I still think the Falcons only keep three RBs and two FBs which means Antone Smith and Dimitri Nance will need to be extra impressive.

Defense

Vance Walker and Trey Lewis. I think only one can make it.

The DEs are locked with Emmanuel Stephens and Maurice Lucas on the outside looking in.

Linebackers: Weston Johnson, Bear Woods and Robert James will all be fighting to avoid turning in their playbooks.

Chevis Jackson may have sealed his fate against the Dolphins.

Rafael Bush should be able to hold off Eric Brock for the last safety spot. Or they could be cut to make room for another position.

Your thoughts?

Let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL Preseason

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  • Ed

    Hello Troy,

    Are you under quarantine here. How do you think the Falcons did getting down to 53. I was surprised the Ravens traded Antwan Barnes, but they are deep at linebacker. I think the kicker choice was based on a coin flip. We will be missing a few starters on PUP but I think we will hold up. We traded for Josh Wilson from the Seahawks and picked up another corner on waivers from Dallas. I think our cornerback woes won’t be as bad as everyone thinks.