Remember that depth chart from Air Force a few hours ago? Well, it’s probably best to forget what you saw.
Nobody who was listed as a starter in the Falcons’ Week 1 depth chart is guaranteed to make it through the week and start on Saturday against South Dakota. Falcons coach Troy Calhoun made sure that nobody takes that depth chart too seriously.
“There’s absolutely nothing entrenched or static about it,” Calhoun said.
So, Parker Herrington still has a chance to be the kicker over Erik Soderberg, Chris Miller or Steffon Batts could start over Josh Hall at cornerback, and outside linebacker Alex Means will still have to hold off Jamil Cooks.
Also, receiver Zack Kauth should be ready to play this week. He missed some time with a minor injury last week, but practiced today. His spot as second team on today’s very temporary depth chart was a pretty obvious message to him and the rest of the team that sitting out practice does not sit well with the coaching staff.
“Durability is going to be a crucial part to our football team,” Calhoun said when asked about Kauth. “In football, you win with guys that can play and practice day in and day out. If you don’t practice day in and day out, you don’t improve. In this game there’s no standstill – you’re getting better or you’re getting worse. The only way that happens is you have to frequently practice.”
Calhoun was asked if Mikel Hunter was listed as a first-team receiver in part because he has practiced every day.
“I think that has helped,” Calhoun said. “Now we’ll see what happens here the next couple days, and as we go.”