We’re all wondering exactly which spots on this roster are up for grabs right now, and it’s a fair thing to wonder. The Falcons always play their roster choices close to the vest, but today, Dan Quinn gave us a little bit of insight into what the team is thinking heading into the fourth preseason game.
Quinn told team beat reporter Will McFadden that there are several open spots on the roster the team has not made decisions on. Let’s look at what he said, and break down the open spots.
DQ says there are still a few spots still open in the secondary, at linebacker at defensive end. Offensively, right guard and WR. #Falcons— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) August 29, 2017
The secondary isn’t very specific, but I have to believe there are two open spots in the cornerbacks corps, and perhaps one at safety beyond Sharrod Neasman and Damontae Kazee. At linebacker, it’s between Kemal Ishmael, Jermaine Grace, and Josh Keyes, with LaRoy Reynolds hanging on if his injury isn’t serious. Defensive end is an interesting one, because the Falcons are stacked with veterans at the position, but it sounds like one spot could go to J’Terius Jones or Chris Odom if the team is sufficiently impressed.
On the other side of the ball, it’s Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland competing for the starting job at right guard, the only starting spot on this list. Wide receiver will come down to Marvin Hall, Reggie Davis, Anthony Dable or Nick Williams for a sixth and final spot, in all likelihood.
We have our guesses as to who will win those—you’ll see Kevin Knight’s 53 man projection later today—but the important thing is that this fourth preseason game may help the Falcons make those decisions. May the best men win.