Friday Falcons Mailbag: Worrilow, Rodgers and CBs

Friday Falcons Mailbag: Worrilow, Rodgers and CBs

Jay Adams

Published August 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Starting this week and moving forward through the year, I’ll be taking some of the best questions I’ve received on Twitter and answering them here on Fridays.

To submit a question for the Friday Mailbag, follow me on Twitter (@FalconsJAdams) and tweet it to me.

Here’s what we’ve got to tackle this week:

From @CoffeeBelcher: This Paul Worrilow guy, what are the coaches saying about him?

Probably the same thing we’ve all been saying: Where did this guy come from? He’s had a heck of a preseason, with 17 total tackles and a sack to his credit in just about five quarters of work — impressive! Here’s what head coach Mike Smith said about Worrilow after the Bengals game: “For a guy like him that’s a college free agent, to come out in his first game and have the type of plays that he had and the production on special teams, it speaks well for him. It’s going to be fun to watch him progress.” And it has been, even in the span of a week. Will he be on the 53-man roster, to answer your question with a question? He’s made a strong case so far and he’s still got two more chances.

From @wdcc4falcons: Do you think that Alford could beat out Trufant for starting CB?

Make no mistake — I think Robert Alford will be starting one day for the Falcons. The question is whether it will be sooner or later. We saw during Thursday night’s loss to Baltimore that Desmond Trufant got the majority of the first-team defensive snaps, but this cornerback battle goes beyond just one or two preseason games. These two players have been battling since they were drafted, and the best part about it is they’ve become close friends. Each brings a different skill set — Alford being more physical and Trufant being more of a cover corner — and at some point in their careers, I think they’ll be playing opposite each other. For right now, it looks like Trufant’s battle to lose, but we’ll see what happens the rest of the way.

From @HisDudeness88: What’s your long term view on Joplo Bartu?

I think the emergence of Worrilow has overshadowed what is a very solid linebacker talent in the Texas State product, but this is one of those things where you have to look past the hype and see what’s going on. Bartu got snaps with the first-team defense Thursday night. That’s a really big deal for an undrafted rookie. It shows the coaching staff has confidence in him and that they want to see what he’s going to be able to do and how he handles being a level or two up from some of his counterparts. Bartu seems to have a big upside, and I’ve mentioned on several occasions that he registered 62 tackles in his final four games at Texas State. He may not have the stats yet, but I’ve watched him in coverage and he’s strong on tight ends. We know he can tackle from his college days and seeing his coverage skills is encouraging. Again, you don’t work with the first-team for no reason, so there’s a lot to like about what he’s been able to accomplish in camp.

From @TwirlingHare: How will Queezy’s role change with the upgrade to Steven Jackson?

Queezy. I like that. Jacquizz Rodgers certainly has the potential to make opposing defenses nauseous, so I suppose that nickname fits. To answer your question, I don’t think it’s going to change at all. Rodgers got 10 carries Thursday night and did some solid work with 28 yards and a touchdown, but I think he’s going to be that change-of-pace guy he was drafted to be and that we’ve seen him be to this point. The added difference is that Jackson is a running back who can also receive out of the backfield. I don’t see that changing anything meant for Rodgers.

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