Can you feel it? It’s Gameday Eve, and The Falcoholic is abuzz with activity. The preseason is as firmly in the rearview as we can place it, and we’re now just a little over 36 hours until kickoff. It’s a wonderful feeling, and we’re here once again to give you the previous day’s rundown of news and Falcons tidbits all in one handy spot.
Blidi ailing, Burton promoted, whither Josh Harris?
Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson suffered a shoulder injury in the final preseason game against Miami, and we learned Tuesday that he was again held out of practice.
Injury report: LS Josh Harris (hip) and CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) were limited in practice. G Ben Garland (calf) and CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in practice.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) September 4, 2018
Potentially in light of that, the Falcons promoted corner convert Deante Burton to the 53-man roster, which hopefully means that long snapper Josh Harris should be ready to go.
Jason Butt of The Athletic also reported that Jeff Overbaugh was working on snaps in yesterday’s practice, so if Harris’ availability is indeed in question, he will be the next man up on special teams.
The Falcons enter Philadelphia about as close to fully healthy as you can get, which is what we all hope for after the preseason.
The Washington Post thinks what?
Get Woodward and Bernstein on the case, because The Washington Post has released its divisional predictions and, well, the Falcons miss the playoffs altogether. According to its wacky computer simulation, The Post has Atlanta tallying nine wins, finishing second in the NFC South. I won’t tell you who is projected to win, because you’ll be mad.
The Atlanta Falcons are a popular preseason pick to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, so perhaps some tempered expectations are in order. But 9-7? I’m more of an optimist than that.
The Falcons have been aching for this game since the Jan. 13th divisional clash that ended with a thud and sealed their season, so how do they compare on paper? The Falcoholic’s Eric Robinson took a close look at three in-game matchups that could prove decisive in Atlanta’s season opener against Philadelphia.
The City of Brotherly Love: Not so kind to The Brotherhood
The Eagles hold a slight edge of the Falcons historically; but in Philly? They dominate. That damn place seems to sap Atlanta’s mana, and it’s of course where we’re headed Thursday night. Kyle McClendon provided a helpful primer in advance of tomorrow’s opener, and dove into the Falcons’ franchise history against the Eagles.
Yale on the goal line?
The preseason is in the past, but Dan Quinn continues to tinker. The latest? Per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are experimenting with the idea of working rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun in as a fullback in goal-line opportunities.
Falcons checking out another fullback. https://t.co/BYXWIMx4p9— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 4, 2018
That’s ... unique, but shows the Falcons are not content resting on their laurels when six points are up for grabs. We’re all aware of Atlanta’s red zone struggles last year, so it’s good to see they’re open to any and all options to punch the ball in.