The Falcons had a light and quick day, with a scrimmage set for Saturday. Here’s what transpired today:
- The right tackle spot is still in flux, at least as long as Jordan Eason and Jeffrey Benson are out with knee injuries. Alex Huskisson had been working at right tackle with the first team, and Jerry Henry got some time there today. It will be interesting to see the lineup tomorrow. When everyone is healthy, Kevin Whitt will line up at right tackle, with A.J. Wallerstein at right guard and Jordan Eason at left guard. But there are no guarantees everyone will be healthy by the opener.
- By a quick count, I think there are still three starting battles that are still too close to call or don’t have a clear favorite, including the specialists. I don’t think cornerback has been decided, even though Steffon Batts has been the starter in practice this week. I’m not sure Alex Means is locked in at outside linebacker, even though he has taken the majority of reps with the starters. Jamil Cooks or Stephan Atrice have also spent time with the starters through camp. And at kicker, Parker Herrington and Erik Soderberg are still battling. (And right tackle is, as mentioned, up in the air, but it won’t be once everyone is healthy.) To have only three open spots this late in camp is a good sign – a sign of a veteran team with very defined roles.
- One player I’ll be keeping an eye on during Saturday’s scrimmage is Ty MacArthur. He’s a receiver backing up Jonathan Warzeka, and he has been getting a long look from the coaches. The Falcons can’t afford to give Warzeka all the snaps, because he needs to stay fresh. MacArthur could go from a virtual unknown to playing a lot if he finishes camp strong.