Falcons stock watch: Who is rising, falling after Preseason Week 2 against the Dolphins?

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With two preseason games in the book, the Falcons will look to get to an 80-man roster by Tuesday’s 4:00 PM deadline. This is the second stock watch of the preseason; the first included a few names that didn’t make this edition of who is rising and falling. Those who weren’t on this list that found themselves on the first didn’t do anything to make me feel one way or the other. The offense had more success against the Dolphins than the Titans, while the defense played less impressively in the second outing than the first. This is the Falcons stock watch: Who is rising and falling after the second week of the preseason?


Ade Ogundeji

Ogundeji has continually shown up when given the opportunity. He had a couple of tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a pass defended in limited snaps against the Dolphins. He could be a surprise of the 2021 draft class as he develops his pass rush arsenal.

Jonathan Bullard

Bullard recorded a sack for the second-straight game, showcasing his prowess as an interior pass rusher. He has consistently impressed me since signing with Atlanta this offseason. Given his versatility to play multiple positions, Bullard’s stock hasn’t been higher.

Ryan Neuzil

Neuzil is a bulldozer of an interior lineman. He’s shown the ability to move bodies in the run game, which will always garner attention from fans and coaches. It’ll be difficult for him to make the roster as an undrafted free agent, but he has impressed enough to be considered for a spot on the final 53-man.

Chris Williamson

He’ll have to work on a few things, but in the absence of Kendall Sheffield, Williamson has shown to be a reliable depth piece. Williamson played against the Dolphins starters as the Miami first-stringers ran up and down the field. He is still trending up, in my opinion.

Caleb Huntley

Huntley had a 30-yard touchdown against Miami but showcased something I was surprised to see. We know what kind of bruising back the undrafted rookie can be, but he showed a little burst to him that I didn’t know he had. He’s making a strong case to be the final running back on the roster over Javian Hawkins and D’Onta Foreman.

Kaleb McGary

I have no idea why reporters are talking about McGary not being able to win the starting right tackle job; he looked impressive in the few snaps he had against Miami. He was one of the few assumed starters to get any reps, but I would bet it was to get the former first-round pick in game shape as he’s been out of practice for a few weeks.


Kendall Sheffield

Sheffield might end up on the IR, but he has yet to return from an undisclosed injury. I really feel for him. This was a clean slate chance with the new regime, but he hasn’t been healthy enough to prove he deserves a roster spot.

Delrick Abrams

Abrams gave up two goalline fades for touchdowns, where he slipped on one and then was outmuscled by the Dolphins receiver on another. The Falcons pass defense was incredibly ineffective against Miami, so it wasn’t just Abrams.

Feleipe Franks

Franks showed us exactly who he was, and that is not an NFL-caliber quarterback at this point in his career. He is athletic and can make plays with his feet, but his lack of accuracy and anticipation is concerning. I doubt Franks is on the roster after the final round of cuts.

Dorian Etheridge

He followed up a 13-tackle performance against the Titans with an eight-tackle game against the Dolphins. His ability to come downhill in a hurry and deliver a significant pop is diminished by his liability in coverage. Getting him moving sideline-to-sideline is the key to beating him, and Myles Gaskin showed just that. It further solidifies his projection as a two-down linebacker.

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