Eleven straight preseason losses—that’s pretty impressive! The Falcons won’t be winning the preseason Super Bowl anytime soon, but we did learn a few things from their 22-10 loss to the Jets. Read on for Monday morning’s edition of Falcoholinks.
Preseason Week 2 notes and narratives
As you’re well aware by now, the Atlanta Falcons have run their preseason loss streak to 11, falling to the New York Jets on Thursday night. It was a curious game, one where Matt Ryan played entirely too long and the offensive line operated like a dimestore sponge. Pretty ugly viewing all around.
In spite of the result, like any other Falcons performance we got a glimpse of some players on the rise and players whose stock is dropping. One such player firmly on the radar for the 53-man roster is undrafted tight end Jaeden Graham, who lead all Falcons with four receptions for 55 yards. He’s definitely strengthened his case for the TE3 spot on the roster.
Take a deeper dive into the notes and narratives from Week 2’s preseason clash with The Falcoholic’s post-game podcast, as David Walker and Evan Birchfield provide their takes in the wake of the loss.
Russell Gage, Damontae Kazee, Kendall Sheffield injured
An enormous scare for the Atlanta Falcons in this one, as wide receiver Russell Gage and defensive backs Damontae Kazee and Kendall Sheffield all went down with injury. Thankfully in the cases of Kazee and Gage, both avoided broken bones, but the team has been mum on Sheffield’s status so far. We did hear none of the injuries are expected to be long-term, at least.
We’ll keep a keen eye on the trio’s progression and have any news for you as it’s available.
Bring back Bryant?
If you’ve followed our Evan Birchfield on Twitter, you’ll immediately note that he’s a top evangelist for a team to sign Matt Bryant. After Giorgio Tavecchio missed a couple of field goals (one was tipped) on Thursday, he floats the idea of the Falcons bringing back the best kicker in their history.
Ah, Stephone Anthony, we hardly knew ye. Another new addition is quickly out the door, as the Falcons released the former first-rounder and signed cornerback Jalen Myrick. Myrick was drafted in the 7th round by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but has only appeared in five games thus far. His signing adds some depth to the cornerback group while Damontae Kazee and Kendall Sheffield are on the mend.