Atlanta Falcons, how Deep is your Chart? I Really Mean to Learn

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The Atlanta Falcons have released their first quote-unquote unofficial depth chart of the 2017 season ahead of the opener against the Chicago Bears.

The Atlanta Falcons have released their first quote-unquote unofficial depth chart of the 2017 season ahead of the opener against the Chicago Bears. And it is deep like a Jack Handey thought. Or, as general manager Thomas Dimitroff said, “We’ve talked all offseason about this being one of the most impressive rosters we’ve had here.”

There or everywhere; there’s Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Vic Beasly, and the list goes on da da dum da dum da da da da. (cliché alert)The Falcons are more than just the sum of their parts, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest links (end cliché alert). What say we go a-spelunking for those second, third, and fourth stringers, just to find out how deep this chart really is.

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Quarterback: Matt Schaub. Alas, the Holy Mattrinity is no more. The Falcons released Matt Simms. They know not “Simms,” to paraphrase the Bard. And just how do fans feel about Schaub? Who knows?

But Mike from Miami, FL asked Digital Managing Editor Matthew Tabeek “Why won’t ATL sign Kap?” who is “young, fast, and been to the Super Bowl as a starter” while Schaub “is washed up” and has done nothing lately than “get old and draw a fat check?” Hey, if he is the only thing standing between, knock on wood, Matty Ice getting injured and Colin Kaepernick starting for the Falcons, the Schaub deserves his fat check. And Atlanta still has kicker Matt (B)ryan(t), just in case.

Wide receiver: Nick Williams. The Connecticut product gets the nod because Andre Roberts is listed first at kick/punt returner. Atlanta fanboys seem to agree that Falcons screwed the pooch by keeping Williams and cutting Reggie Davis and sending Marvin Hall to the practice squad.

Tight end: Eric Saubert. The Falcons drafted Saubert in the fifth round with the 174th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins list of Drake Bulldogs drafted or signed by NFL teams the best-known of whom is Dennis McKnight… or are we thinking of guitar player DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight?

Running back: Brian Hill. Just making the 53-man roster at a position that includes Freeman, Coleman, Derrick Coleman (not the retired NBA power forward) and Terron Ward speaks volumes of what head coach Dan Quinn saw in Hill during training camp and the preseason. Brian will be the running back than went up a Hill and came back a Mountain.

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Defensive end: Takkarist McKinley. According to ESPN Staff Writer Vaughn McClure, Quinn “expects McKinley to have a significant role in Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Bears.”

Linebacker: Kemal Ishmael. ‘Call Me’ Ishmael may have made the roster but will still have to compete with Jordan Tripp, whom the Falcons signed on Tuesday.

Safety: Damontae Kazee. According to Ike Taylor of, Kazee’s awareness and ball skills “will make it hard for Dan Quinn to keep him off the field, even with a deep secondary.” And once again, it is deep like Bill Gate’s wallet.