Posted: 9:57 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

DEPTH CHART: 2014 Falcons’ Hard Knocks training camp 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

We'll likely see a lot of thwse three, owner Arthur Blank, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and first-round pick Jake Matthews, on HBO's Hard Knocks. (Associated Press/Jason Getz)

We’ll likely see a lot of these four, owner Arthur Blank, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, first-round pick Jake Matthews and head coach Mike Smith, on HBO’s Hard Knocks. (Associated Press/Jason Getz)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The first appearance on HBO’s “Hard knocks: Training camp with the Atlanta Falcons” is less than three weeks away.

The first show will air on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. There will be an encore showing each week on Wednesdays at 11 p.m., culminating with the Sept. 2 season finale.

To help the TV producers out, we’re releasing our projected depth chart today (see below) and a couple of candidates for the longshot angle. Each year, they seem to pick out some obscure player who’s a longshot to make the team.

Falcons Hard knocksA couple intriguing candidates are wide receivers Geraldo Boldewijn and Freddie Martino.

How in the heck did Boldewijn get from Amsterdam to Boise State. He’s 6-4 and 220 pounds. He appeared kind of raw over the offseason. Perhaps assistant head coach/wide receivers Terry Robiskie can mold him into a NFL player.

Boldewijn caught 87 passes for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns over four seasons at Boise State. He played one year of high school at Capital High School in Boise, earning all-conference honors after growing up in the Netherlands.

Martino, a NCAA Division II record-setting receiver, played at North Greenville University, a tiny

HBO should dedicate one camera to Roddy White if they want some hilarious stuff. He's a funny guy. Here,  White throws to fellow receiver Darius Johnson during mini-camp Tuesday June 17, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

HBO should dedicate one camera to Roddy White if they want some hilarious stuff. He’s a funny guy. Here, White throws to fellow receiver Darius Johnson during mini-camp Tuesday June 17, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Christian school in Tigerville, S.C.

He was a four-year starter and caught 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns. Last season he set the NCAA Division II record with 146 catches and a school-record with 1,680 yards receiving.

HBO will have a 30-person crew in Flowery Branch and will shoot more than 1,500 hours of footage.

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals and the 11-time Emmy-award winning show averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode. 

The best season was 2010 with Jets coach Rex Ryan’s bombastic style and then the “Let’s go eat a gooddamn snack!” line. Also, that was the year Antonio Cromartie tried and failed to name all nine of his kids. That was funny, but also kind of sad.

Hopefully, the Falcons are out practicing the names of their kids and can remember them all.

Julio Jones says he's "feeling great" in offseason receovery from foot surgery. His recovery will be one of the big story lines of HBO's Hard Knocks. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)

Julio Jones says he’s “feeling great” in offseason recovery from foot surgery. His recovery will be one of the big story lines of HBO’s Hard Knocks. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)



WR11 Julio Jones, 13 Darius Johnson, 14 Courtney Roby, 18 Freddie Martino, 89 Bernard Reedy,

LT 72 Sam Baker, 76 Lamar Holmes, 74 Terren Jones

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 68 Gabe Carimi, 67 Adam Replogle

C 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 62 James Stone

RG 75 Jon Asamoah, 69 Harland Gunn

RT 70 Jake Matthews, 79 Mike Johnson 73 Ryan Schrader

TE 80 Levine Toilolo, 86 Bear Pascoe, 82 Mickey Shuler, 81 Jacob Pedersen, 49 Brian Wozniak

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 15 Geraldo Boldewijn, 16 Julian Jones, 87 Tramaine Thompson

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 T.J. Yates, 12 Sean Renfree, 9 Jeff Mathews

RB 39 Steven Jackson, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 35 Antone Smith, 33 Devonta Freeman, 30 Josh Vaughan, 34 Jerome Smith

FB  42 Patrick DiMarco, 45 Maurice Hagens, 43 Roosevelt Nix

4-3 DEFENSE (with an extra line for the nickel back)

RE 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 50 Osi Umenyiora, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi, 90 Stansly Maponga

DT 99 Tyson Jackson, 91 Corey Peters, 92 Travian Robertson

DT 96 Paul Soliai, 97 Peria Jerry, 98 Cliff Matthews, 65 Donte Rumph

LE 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 98 Malliciah Goodman, 49 Tyler Starr, 64 Nosa Equae

OLB 71 Kroy Biermann, 48 Brenden Daley, 45 Jacques Smith

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 52 Tim Dobbins, 54 Yawin Smallwood

OLB 59 Joplo Bartu, 53 Prince Shembo, 51 Marquis Spruill, 46 Walker May,

RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,

NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward

LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright

SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Kimario McFadden, 22 Zeke Motta

FS 20 Dwight Lowery, 41 Dezmen Southward, 29 Sean Baker


K 3 Matt Bryant, 6 Sergio Castillo

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 17 Devin Hester, 28 Javier Arenas, 14 Courtney Roby

PR  17 Devin Hester, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas

LS  47 Josh Harris

 H 5 Matt Bosher


Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Tuesday, July 22                                Rookies report

Wednesday, July 23                          Veterans report

Friday, July 25                                    Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 26                              Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, July 27                                 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp


Q&A with Falcons QB T.J. Yates

Falcons to practice with Titans, Texans in training camp

Falcons coach Mike Smith will try to rebound from first losing season on Hard Knocks 

Sam Baker is back to help line re-establish its identity

Falcons WR Roddy White: ‘Hard for me to deal with’ death of a brother

How much the Falcons rookies will be paid

Rookies getting advice on NFL life

Open competition in training camp will be good for Undrafted Rookies


Sean Weatherspoon suffers season-ending Achilles injury

What’s next for Sean Weaatherspoon?

What’s next for the Falcons at linebacker?

Javier Arenas gets to watch longtime role model

Falcons cut Szczerba, Yoklic

Falcons minicamp is open to the public


Sean Weatherspoon to miss 2014 season

Matt Ryan on Harry Douglas’ contribution to the offense

Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox

Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo

Falcons assistant head coach Terry Robiskie on Devin Hester

Falcons coach Mike Smith on OTAs


D-Led, in fact there are direct quotes from Terry Robiskie on how they plan to use Devin Hester in the offense..."We're not going to sit down and say 'he's going to be slot' or 'he's going to be outside', we're going to try and move him around and match him up on some people and hopefully see some mismatches, get him matched up on some guys so he can catch the ball, pull away, and do some additional things with it"

Falcons Terry Robiskie, talking about Devin Hester, whose best Receiving season came in 2009 when he caught 57 passes for 757 yards and 3 touchdowns.


So why is Devin Hester not even listed on the WR depth chart at all?  If I'm not mistaken both Devin and the coaches have repeatedly said he will be a significant part of the offense with Tony Gonzalez now gone.  I believe he is even quoted as saying he expects to get 10-20 touches on offense a game at the WR spot, and I have never heard the coaches say anything to the contrary.  Is there something I am missing or is Hester not the #4 WR?  I mean I don't think the Falcons paid a guy $3 million a year to watch the offense from the sidelines, especially one with 217 NFL catches and 2,807 NFL receiving yards.  Prior to the last couple years, he was a big part of Chicago's offense.  Also, I know Drew Davis just had surgery but I assume he will be ready to assume the #5 position by the start of regular season, from all reports I see.  So did you not put him on the depth chart because of the injury?  It looks like a battle between Darius Johnson, Geraldo Boldjewin, and Julian Jones/Freddie Martino for one or two spots on the practice squad.


I will probably have a wonderful new appreciation for the birds and their coaches and GM after watching Hard Knocks. I'm sure you will also.


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Man, I've never been impressed with Dimitroff and after seeing him in the photo I have to ask if his mom knows he left the house dressed in that blue suit.

My guess is, he comes across on HBO as he does in interviews on local media: overly impressed with the verbiage emanating from his own caviar hole.

If you don't control the line of scrimmage, you won't win many games. TD has built a team long on skill players and short on the big uglies. Smitty deserves better.


Not a lot of depth on this chart, especially the defensive side of it. The falcan'ts won't break 6 games in the win column.


D-Led: how about a moratorium on all references to this Hard Knocks nonsense, which has nothing to do with football.  It's just foolish (and embarrassing) stuff the marketing wing talked Arthur Blank into signing up for, and the less we all hear about it, the better.


Jacketa$$......Just guessing here but I'll bet DLED was on vacation before the start of camp.


Dang DLED thought you retired.  Its been 2 weeks since you updated us.  I need a gig like you have!  :)


Dayum.  It's almost here.  I hope the Falcons D will be able to abuse some people this year.


I like that Hageman is starting and find it interesting that UDFA McFadden is listed ahead on Motta at S when he started for us at time last year


It's good to see names like Konz and Holmes as backups instead of starters. They can develop and move up in time. Good artical DLed. Hard Knocks will be entertaining.



There was a reason he disappeared from the game planning in Chicago. He wilted badly as a one or a two. When Jeffery's emerged behind Marshall, he should have flourished as a 3 or a 4, Trestman had seen enough to not even try to incorporate him. Goodness, they preferred Earl Bennett!

"...and even when he transitioned to wide receiver later in his career, he didn’t fare much better. He did snare 14 touchdown grabs in 123 games, but his effectiveness was limited by poor route running and an inability to adjust to coverages that teams would throw at him." -- James Neaveau (NBC5 Chicago)


@SeenThatB4 Truly amazes me that a fan of our rival is so taken by the Falcons that all he can think about is posting our the articles of his "enemy". Wow, you live a truly sad existence. I would assume you live in your mom's basement, but they don't have those in the swamps of LA, so I guess you live over their garage. Understand your comments mean nothing to the true Falcons fans. i would also be willing to bet you post more crap on here than you do on your own team's articles! Truly sad. I actually feel sorry for you....

DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

@CedricJones He has a neck injury and I don't know he'll be cleared at the start of training camp. Should have put Motta and Peters on an injured/recovering list. 


@CedricJones It is not a surprise that Motta is not higher on the chart as Motta is coming off a very serious injury that is possibly career ending. Motta's strength was tackling. However he does not have enough speed for the position, and bad hips for covering.