August 30, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) catches a pass before the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
One more note on the Falcons roster against the Eagles. The Falcons have done some changes on their roster to give them the best chance to maintain their health and be the most productive team possible.
For the last couple weeks there has been conversations surrounding Corey Peters, the Falcons defensive tackle who missed most of training camp and the first six weeks of the season while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. This is a big positive for the Falcons defense. They haven’t been very good at defending the run, and while Peters won’t completely solve those problems on the defensive line, he will see some snaps in a rotation at defensive tackle. Having fresh players in at defensive tackle will be huge against an Eagles team that is expected to really commit to running the ball early and often.
While Peters is activated, slot receiver Harry Douglas is already listed as out for the game tomorrow. Douglas missed all week of practice with an knee/ankle injury. According to head coach Mike Smith, this isn’t a significant injury, but more of one they want to rest and ensure that it doesn’t deteriorate.
The fact that Douglas is out means that either Kevin Cone or Drew Davis will have to step up and play the slot position when the Falcons use three wide receivers on the field. Cone has had moments of productivity, mostly in the pre-season, but he isn’t necessarily proven. Douglas wasn’t used extensively so far this season, but I would doubt Cone/Davis would be able to accomplish much more.