Prior to the kickoff of preseason game 4, I compiled my roster. Not sure why this is so hard. I even saved some money with 52 on the roster and 5 on the practice squad. I don’t do fantasy, but do like to go through the roster and compare to DQ’s final. Let’s see how I do. First list is bolded…that is my roster, then 5 in italics for the practice squad.
I was not at the actual draft in Dallas, but I was at the Atlanta Falcons’ official Draft party at Mercedes Benz Stadium, “The Benz Nest.”
This was another great event hosted by Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank. This was a free event for Season Ticket owners, you merely had to register. Much of the stadium and many food vendors were open, mostly the main level and parts of the 200 level. Yet another event where you almost didn’t realize there was not a game to be played by the attendance and activity.
Fans were allowed on the field, where the RISEUP sign was displayed, corn hole was set up, along with many football skill games and local radio and other booths were on the field. Many people stayed on the field the entire time. Several Falcon players were also on the field, signing and taking pictures with fans.
Meanwhile, we were also allowed in the locker room, where my feature photo here was taken. We followed the tunnel along a short path into the locker room where you could see several jerseys displayed. Then you could head back out to the field to hang out or back up to the main level to see the sites or grab some food.
I toured the locker room, chatted with several Benz Nest employees and headed back up. The radio ship of the Falcons, 92.9 The Game was broadcasting the draft and the local commentary leading up to the draft. Randy McMichael, Carl Dukes, Mike Bell, and Chuck Smith provided insight into the Falcons as well as the other teams ahead of the Falcons. I was able to chat with Chuck briefly, but had great time with Carl and Mike, speculating, chatting about FalconAlley Football, and about the event overall. Harry Douglas was on hand for a radio interview, then taking pictures with fans as well. Many current players were on hand to chat with 92.9 The Game as well.
The players that were on hand, spoke to 92.9 The Game, then signed autographs and took pictures as well. There were some on the field, some in the upper level, and at two stations on the main level of The Benz Nest. I worked my way back and forth on the main level, so missed some other great guys, but did get some of my favorites. Unfortunately, the elusive Ben Garland was already in Dallas preparing to announce the 3rd pick, so he was not available, however, there were some big stars at the Falcons Draft event.
Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal, Takk McKinley, Deion Jones were all on the main level, along with numerous cheerleaders. I know that De’Vondre Campbell was at one of the special areas upstairs, as I saw his interview, but he was whisked away. While I missed a picture with Takk, I did see him close up and he seemed like a great guy. Did get pictures with Grady, Kiki, and Debo. Got to chat with them for a few minutes, but of course there was a huge line of us fans running around after all of them.
Overall, it was a great event. I did not stay until our pick as it was so late, but did see many of the early picks as they were displayed on the million tv’s throughout the stadium.
Check out my YouTube channel for my announcement and thoughts on the 2nd day picks. Our FalconAlley Football Facebook page has pictures from the Draft Day event.
Now, we wait and see how the entire draft turns out for our beloved Falcons.
Added LB Jordan Tripp (from Green Bay) to the 53
G Jamil Douglas fills final practice squad spot
– LaRoy Reynolds LB – placed on IR with pectoral muscle injury.
– Courtney Upshaw will be featured in nickel package with loss of Shede. Jack Crawford and Dontari Poe will step in on other defense packages.
– Ty Sambrailo will play both LT and RT. And practiced over the weekend.
– Starting RG is Wes Schweitzer due to more consistency.
090417: Ra’Shede Hageman released.
10 of the 11 Practice Squad Announced
RB Jhurell Pressley
WR Deante Burton
WR Marvin Hall
TE Josh Perkins
TE Alex Gray
T Daniel Brunskill
DE J’Terius Jones
DT Joe Vellano
DT Taniela Tupou
S Marcelis Branch
090217: And Then There Were 53
So, apparently there was some big secret going on at The Branch today as 4pm came and went and it was after 5pm ET before we got the Final Falcons Roster. I didn’t see any huge surprises, especially on the release list. Several lists with, waived for this and that, injured, suspended, etc. Jalen Collins is still on the team, al biet suspended for 10 games, but that gives us a buffer for later in the season. Another surprise, maybe only to me, was Ra’Shede Hageman. He is on the commissioner’s exempt list. Which is, I just learned, a holding pattern. Shede’s domestic abuse charge from August of 2016 was wrapped in the courts, but continues to be reviewed in the league. So, Shede is on the team, but can’t play right now….don’t get me started on this.
Congrats to everyone that made the team. I will mark up my roster from earlier in the week, as I think it is going to be pretty close – short of the traded additions I didn’t anticipate. Of note, RB Brian Hill made the roster, WRs Andre Roberts and Nick Williams, BEN GARLAND is the starting RG!!! LBs include LaRoy Reynolds and undrafted rookie Jermaine Grace that earned his spot in Thursday’s game for sure. Another guy that solidified his spot Thursday was Blidi Wreh-Wilson at CB.
Andre Roberts is the official returner for now, and I am sure he will get some help from Justin Hardy and Nick Williams along the way.
Practice squad will be announced later, so see who earns a spot there.
Below is the current roster. Again, congrats to everyone…new and old….welcome to The Brotherhood.
The proverbial ax has begun to fall, taking the Atlanta Falcons from a full roster, down to the required 53 by 4pm Saturday. So far, the add of Sambrailo and release of DJ have already messed up my roster. I will have a marked up version once the official roster is complete, see how close I was in the end.
I will update here as news drops….newest transactions will be at the top.
QB Alek Torgersen
WR Anthony Dable
WR Josh Magee
RB Kelvin Taylor
FB Tyler Renew
C Travis Averill
C Larson Graham
T Andreas Knappe
T D.J. Tialavea
DE A.J. Jefferson
CB Jarnor Jones,
CB Akeem King
LB Jack Lynn
K Mike Meyer
Falcons agreed to trade 2018 5th round draft pick to Broncos for Tackle Ty Sambrailo