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Now that those of us outside of Atlanta have gotten a chance to watch the Miami Dolphins v. Atlanta Falcons game, it seemed like a good idea to argue about who played well and who played poorly.Try to locate this bloggers most surprising player from the game last night in the photo above. Hint: He is high-fiving an invisible 12 foot man. Also, try to find Waldo. I just want to know if he is hiding in this photo. Here are some things I took away from the game:1. Dominique Franks looked great. Made a lot of plays, and I loved seeing him blitz Chad Henne and coming really close to a sack. Great effort and vision on both his big punt returns. The only player who should be giving him a run for his money is Rafeal Bush, a speedy safety/nickel who made a great play on a football tipped by Darrin Walls for an interception.2. Kroy Biermann is still playing special teams. I thought the front office was going to try to keep him fresh by limiting his special teams play. Maybe with Ray Edwards Kroy will be getting fewer reps on the defensive line and it will not matter.3. Julio Jones has come as advertised. For all the obnoxious talk about the other wide receivers we could have gotten, most have had issues and are not starting. Jonathan Baldwin is buried in a weak wide receiver core, Torrey Smith’s lack of progress required Baltimore to trade for Lee Evans, and Greg Little’s issues with catching the ball are eclipsed only by Leonard Hankerson’s complete inability to catch the ball. Julio Jones showed the ability on just a few targets to be an immediate starter. Great speed, blowing up double coverage and generally making the Dolphins look like punks.4. While we are at it, our wide receivers look great. I was surprised we went to Weems so early, making me think he will get more looks than he got last year. Kerry Meier showed great hands catching a fast moving football at a odd angle. Brandon Harvey made two acrobatic catches for 35 yards and I really think he should make the squad. He also seemed to be a favorite redzone target of both Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson. He may have made the team last year but sadly got nicked up before the final roster was set.6. New right guard Garrett Reynolds was solid. Obviously a bit unpolished, but he impressed me in run blocking, and was not bad in pass blocking. Hard to say how good a guy will be in part of a game, but he showed a lot of effort and held his own.7. Emmanuel Stephens playing early and beating tackles like drums. Wow. I had no idea who #96 was. Undrafted last year and playing in zero games, Stephens was consistently in the backfield when he was not getting double teamed by the Dolphins #2 offense. Yes, the Falcons had a defensive lineman somewhere who required a double-team stashed away on the practice squad. Lawrence Sidbury made some plays as well, but I came away most impressed with Stephens. Stephens was frequently in the backfield, and sacked Moore in the 4th quarter showing some great speed to get around the tackle. Fantastic bull rush for Cliff Matthews’ sack, I would love to see more from him.8. Mike Mularkey opened up the playbook Is this a change in his conservative play calling, or just what people do in preseason? May not know this until week 1, but we were seeing a more pass heavy offense. Do you want some non-surprises? I guarantee none of these will knock you out of your chairs:1. Chris Owens looks similar to last year. I see no reason he should be playing nickel. Owens got blown up by Brian Hartline on Miami’s first touchdown.2. Jacquizz Rodgers got pushed around in blitz pickup by a defensive back. It is too early to tell if he needs more time or if he is just going to get pushed around due to his size in pass protection. I say “in pass protection” because a number of times it took 3 or more defensive players to bring down Jacquizz when he was running the ball.3. Matt Ryan looked fantastic. No surprise here but I just wanted to mention it. Ryan was putting the ball in small windows through double coverage a number of times. His timing with all the wide outs is phenomenal, especially with Harry Douglas on that touchdown pass.Great job by the Falcons, I saw a lot of great effort by our guys, and I’m surprised by the talent of some of our 2nd and 3rd string players.
said:Looking like a logjam at DE.AbeEdwardsBiermannSidburyDavisStephensMatthews
Looking like a logjam at DE.AbeEdwardsBiermannSidburyDavisStephensMatthews
said:It's weird that we are looking stacked at DE. I wonder if we can sneak someone to the practice squad. I think last year we ran with 4 active, 1 inactive DE (Abe-Biermann-David-Anderson--Sidbury). I think we may see the end of Davis in Atlanta.
It's weird that we are looking stacked at DE. I wonder if we can sneak someone to the practice squad. I think last year we ran with 4 active, 1 inactive DE (Abe-Biermann-David-Anderson--Sidbury). I think we may see the end of Davis in Atlanta.
said:Any word on Sidbury? Is he a lost cause or is there chance he might be able to eventually live up to all that "raw" potential?
Any word on Sidbury? Is he a lost cause or is there chance he might be able to eventually live up to all that "raw" potential?