The Falcons will take on the Jets Thursday night in what is sure to be an exhilarating
third second preseason game. The game is sure to thrill your socks off and result in an outcome you’ll fondly recount to your grandchildren. The Mothership released their latest “official” depth chart today, and (spoiler alert!) it’s chocked full of noteworthy tidbits. (Credit to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter for getting the full depth chart out first.)
Let’s jump right in. Deadrin Senat is slotted in with the third stringers, behind Tyeler Davison and Justin Zimmer. That’s ... strange. Senat flashed undeniable talent last season, but as Dave Choate ominiously forecast in late June, the Falcons aren’t exactly acting like Senat is firmly entrenched in their long-term plans.
Wes Schweitzer continues in his role as Alex Mack’s primary backup. Schweitzer has always been a front office favorite, so it’s not surprising to see him firm up this role midway through the preseason.
Kemal Ishmael and Sharrod Neasman have seemingly locked down their roles as the primary backups at safety. Those backup gigs appear to be theirs to lose at this point.
At tight end the Falcons have Jaeden Graham running with the fourth stringers and Alex Gray finds himself dead last in that rotation. Graham and Gray may not have a clear path to the 53 man roster, so they appear to be fighting for a spot on this season’s practice squad.
Last but not least, Matt Ryan will get the nod ahead of grisly, reliable veteran quarterback Matthew Rutledge Schaub. No matter how many crisp passes Schauby throws, he can’t seem to get the respect he deserves from the coaching staff.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?