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Charting the Depth


The Atlanta Falcons have released the unofficial depth chart for Friday's 7:30 p.m. preseason game against Miami.

Compared to last year, there are a lot of new names at a lot of positions — and perhaps even a couple of surprises. It's important to point out that the depth chart is always unofficial, but this first one could give you an idea of where players stand as we head into the preseason.



  • First string: Matt Ryan
  • Second string: Chris Redman
  • Third string: John Parker Wilson
  • Fourth string: Adam Froman

Running Back

  • First string: Michael Turner
  • Second string: Jason Snelling
  • Third string: Gartrell Johnson/Jacquizz Rodgers
  • Fourth string: Antone Smith/Philip Sylvester


  • First string: Ovie Mughelli
  • Second string: Lucas Cox
  • Third string: Thor Merrow

Wide Receiver 1

  • First string: Roddy White
  • Second string: Kerry Meier
  • Third string: Tim Buckley/Drew Davis
  • Fourth string: Brandyn Harvey/PJ Gore

Wide Receiver 2

  • First string: Julio Jones
  • Second string: Harry Douglas
  • Third string: Eric Weems/Doug Beaumont
  • Fourth string: Andy Strickland/Kevin Cone

Tight End

  • First string: Tony Gonzalez
  • Second string: Justin Peelle
  • Third string: Michael Palmer/Ryan Winterswyk
  • Fourth string: Marquez Branson/AJ Simmons

Left Tackle

  • First string: Sam Baker
  • Second string: Jose Valdez

Left Guard

  • First string: Justin Blalock
  • Second string: Andrew Jackson
  • Third string: Paul Fenaroli


  • First string: Todd McClure
  • Second string: Joe Hawley
  • Third string: Rob Bruggeman
  • Fourth string: Ryan McMahon

Right Guard

  • First string: Garrett Reynolds
  • Second string: Mike Johnson

Right Tackle

  • First string: Tyson Clabo
  • Second string: Will Svitek
  • Third string: Matt Murphy


Right Defensive End

  • First string: John Abraham
  • Second string: Lawrence Sidbury
  • Third string: Cliff Matthews
  • Fourth string: Emmanuel Stephens

Defensive Tackle 1

  • First string: Corey Peters
  • Second string: Vance Walker
  • Third string: Trey Lewis

Defensive Tackle 2

  • First string: Jonathan Babineaux
  • Second string: Peria Jerry
  • Third string: Kiante Tripp

Left Defensive End

  • First string: Ray Edwards
  • Second string: Kroy Biermann
  • Third string: Chauncey Davis
  • Fourth string: Tom McCarthy

Outside Linebacker 1

  • First string: Sean Weatherspoon
  • Second string: Stephen Nicholas
  • Third string: Robert James
  • Fourth string: Youri Yenga

Outside Linebacker 2

  • First string: Mike Peterson
  • Second string: Spencer Adkins
  • Third string: LaMarcus Thompson

Middle Linebacker

  • First string: Curtis Lofton
  • Second string: Coy Wire
  • Third string: Akeem Dent
  • Fourth string: Bear Woods

Right Cornerback

  • First string: Dunta Robinson
  • Second string: Chris Owens
  • Third string: Kamaal McIlwain

Left Cornerback

  • First string: Brent Grimes
  • Second string: Dominique Franks
  • Third string: Darrin Walls
  • Fourth string: Kirk Belgrave


  • First string: Thomas DeCoud
  • Second string: Shann Schillinger
  • Third string: Suaesi Tuimaunei


  • First string: William Moore
  • Second string: Rafael Bush
  • Third string: Rafael Priest
  • Fourth string: Matt Hansen

Special Teams


  • First string: Matt Bryant


  • First string: Matt Bosher


  • First string: Matt Bosher
  • Second string: Ken Parrish

Kick Returner

  • First string: Eric Weems
  • Second string: Harry Douglas

Punt Returner

  • First string: Eric Weems
  • Second string: Harry Douglas

Long Snapper

  • First string: Joe Zelenka
  • Second string: Andrew Schulze


  • First string: Matt Bosher
  • Second string: Kerry Meier
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