Atlanta Falcons Bird Droppings: Roddy vs Julio, Baker vs The Odds, and Dimitroff vs Doubters

The Atlanta Falcons preseason games are in full swing, as we head into the 2nd week of play.  So let’s review the week that was in this week’s Atlanta Falcons “Bird Droppings”.  News, notes, rumors and oddities from around the Falcons camp and the rest of the NFL

Falcons receiver Roddy White, who has gained a reputation as a bit of a diva, seems to be grasping the idea that he might be upstaged this year.  With the emergence of Julio Jones as probably the best receiver on the team, Roddy took a very Un-Roddy-like position.  “I told them earlier in the season that I don’t want to be the most targeted receiver in the NFL,” White said. “We’ve got a lot of good playmakers and we’ve got to spread the ball around. We’ve got to get everybody involved in the game plan.”

The ongoing saga of who will start at left tackle for the Falcons continues.  Sam Baker had a marginally good game against the Baltimore Ravens last week, but it was evident that for even just the brief time he was in the game, he was having issues holding back Paul Kruger and Courtney Upshaw.  In a four-quarter game against quality pass rushers, it’s not looking like Baker will hold up.  Unfortunately, the options are very limited.  If neither Baker or Will Svitek are able to rise to the challenge, the Falcons may look at making a trade for a veteran tackle.

The unpolished gem that is Jonathan Massaquoi truly began to shine last week.  In the game against the Ravens, he had four tackles (two for a loss), one quarterback hit and two tackles on special teams.  Look for Massaquoi to possibly get some snaps with the first team defense against the Cincinnati Bengals this week.

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff isn’t usually one to be put on the spot and give you a definitive answer.  But when asked about his quarterback, Matt Ryan, and whether or not he was one of the leagues top play-callers, Dimitroff didn’t hesitate.  “In my mind there is no question he is a top 10 quarterback in this league,” Dimitroff said Monday on the NFL Network’s new show “NFL AM.”  Despite Ryan’s struggles in the post-season, it’s hard to disagree with Dimitroff, as Ryan has a 43-19 record in four seasons and has yet to be part of a losing season since being drafted by Atlanta in 2008.

Injury report for the preseason game against the Bengals:  LB Akeem Dent – Out (Concussion), DE Louis Nzegwu – Out (Leg), DT Corey Peters – Out (Foot), DT Vance Walker – Out (Undisc.), WR Harry Douglas – Probable (Ribs).


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