FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The earlier today post about Kellen Winslow (and I scheduled this last night, so I hope no one has ripped anyone apart in that thread) got me thinking about the team's depth throughout the roster. At some positions, they're so deep the ocean be all jealous. At others, they're comparatively thin.
I'd like to take a closer look at those thin spots today, in my favorite hail-of-bullets style. Indulge me, if you will.
- Quarterback. I'm sorry, but Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson don't exactly inspire confidence at this stage of their respective careers. Dominique Davis has promise but clearly isn't ready to play today. That's enough to make you a little nervous, even though Matt Ryan has been remarkably durable thus far in his career.
- Tight end. The most obvious choice. Tony Gonzalez is all-world even in his old age, but there's only Michael Palmer and question marks behind him. The Falcons are mighty thin here, and have to hope Gonzo stays healthy all year long.
- Outside linebacker. Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas are terrific starters. At the moment, though, they're backed up by Robert James and Spencer Adkins. You can't be strong at every position, of course, but that's hardly awe-inspiring.
- Safety. Behind William Moore and Thomas DeCoud, the Falcons are carrying only rookie Charles Mitchell and special teams whiz Shann Schillinger. That's not a lot of experience, even if you add in the possibility that Dominique Franks or Darrin Walls could function as a fifth safety.
- Punter. You're not going to carry three more punters behind Matt Bosher? C'mon!
Where do you think the Falcons can least afford to lose a starter?