The Atlanta Falcons had an encouraging game against the Baltimore Ravens, with the starters flashing some excellent play and several reserves standing out. As the final 27-23 score reflects, it wasn't all sunshine and moon roses.
Several Falcons hurt their chances for a roster spot with lousy play or inopportune mistakes, and with the cutdown to 75 players less than two full weeks away, those guys should be getting a little nervous.
Here are the players who may be looking nervously at the axe right about now.
- FB Patrick DiMarco. The fullback had a real shot to show he belonged with Bradie Ewing nursing another (minor) injury, but he whiffed on at least two blocks last night and will be on the outside looking in.
- TE Colin Cloherty. Hasn't distinguished himself, had a key drop last night and the Falcons have three tight ends already chiseled into stone with Tony Gonzalez, Chase Coffman and Levine Toilolo. He's gone.
- CB Peyton Thompson. I'm a big believer in Thompson's athleticism, but the numbers game and his preseason are going to cost him a spot here. Dominique Franks had an interception and looked sharp at times last night, while Thompson allowed his third touchdown in two preseasons.
- QB Seth Doege. You don't have to be a rocket wizard to see that Doege is fourth in the pecking order. Twice the Falcons have given the ball to Renfree late in the game, and he's done well enough to hold on to that third QB job.
- LB Brian Banks. The writing is unfortunately on the wall for Banks, a true inspiration who has worked his tail off but just isn't there yet. With Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu impressing early, he's on the outside looking in, and he's managed just a handful of snaps in the fourth quarter of the last two games.
- S Shann Schillinger. A lot of Falcon players love this guy. Unfortunately, with Charles Mitchell making a nice stop last night, Kemal Ishmael showing well on special teams and Zeke Motta looking solid, he may not be long for the team.
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