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NFL Week 12 Practice Squad Power Rankings 2022: Falcons need a jolt at wide receiver

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In October, while waiting in an incredibly long line at school for my kindergartner, I took to TikTok, emphatically declaring, “The Falcons are about to reach the NFC playoffs.”

It wasn’t a disingenuous opinion born strictly from a time when I had literally nothing to do, I watched the movie and did some research. While I acknowledged that Atlanta operated in a very unconventional way on offense – being extremely busy during the NFL’s fleeting resurgence – this philosophy worked.

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In this video, I mention that the Falcons were not only seventh in the Football Outsiders DVOA offensive at the time(!), but the scheduling seemed “easy” going forward, although in the NFL you never know how the game is. is going to play out in advance.

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Since this video was posted, the Falcons have been smoked out by the Bengals, won absurdly at home by the Panthers, lost to the Chargers on a field goal, beaten by PJ Walker and D’Onta Foreman in Carolina, and then squealed a win. over Justin Fields and the Bears at home.

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Remaining on the schedule? On the unexpectedly hilarious Commanders, at home against the Steelers, Saints, and Ravens, and then back-to-back at home against the Cardinals and Bucks.

Atlanta sits comfortably in the 5-6 position, definitely in the thick of the wild hunt, and just polygames behind the Buccaneers for the lead in NFC North. Crazy, I know. Usually their -15 points difference indicates that this Falcons team has no playoff chance, but this difference is not at the bottom of the conference. It’s close to being right in the middle (9th).

Let’s get back to the Sokolov’s passion for football. They passed it 361 times in 11 outings. Only Chicago has done it more to date. This is their personality. I have a feeling they’ll have to move it through the air a little more often to either sneak into the last wildcard spot or stun the pirates for the division crown.

On Thanksgiving, they waived wide receiver Brian Edwards, who was traded before the start of the season. And they just called up PSPR alum Frank Darby from the practice squad for the Week 12 challenge against the Commanders. The receiver room is dim, less than ideal, etc. It can be used – except for – it needs a shake in December.

All of which explains why I ranked the Falcons number one this week on PSPR. He was great to watch in college.

For week 11, we didn’t get a massive Thanksgiving PSPR collection – none of them were actually promoted, and you know what? This is fine. The gratitude I feel for being able to rank practice squads every week far outweighs any disappointment from a week without challenges. It happens.

However, feel free to tweet me. @ChrisTrapassio to warn me of any PSPR members receiving a glorious call.

Expanded 16-man practice squads are the only thing to do after the pandemic, and they’re here to stay in the NFL. For this reason, I run the training squad rankings in parallel with the league. I write about 16 people every Friday, 10 officially in the rankings and six honorable mentions.

Here is a ranking of training teams that are flourishing this season and starting to cement their legacy in the hallowed halls of the internet football media industry.

10. Jimmy Moreland, CB, Jets

Moreland made his PSPR debut in the first season – 2019 – after an extremely productive career with James Madison. There he had 18 interceptions (including six house calls).

The Jets are his fourth team, and their defense is solid as a rock. But DJ Reed suffered a bit in Gang Green’s home win over Buffalo in Week 9. Moreland is actually stylistically similar to Reed. They are both very brash, super-confident nickel cornerers who know how to get the football.

9. Roderick Perry, DT, Browns

In front of Miles Garrett, Cleveland’s defensive front — GAW! Perry began his college career in South Carolina State, which discreetly sent a bunch of quality players to the NFL before moving on to Illinois. Although he didn’t have monstrous stats with the Illini, Perry’s performance over the summer was enough to land him on the Cleveland practice team as an undrafted free agent. At 6’1″ and weighing around 300 pounds, he’s the kind of shrewd type the Browns need to create any semblance of internal destruction for opposing quarterbacks.

8. Buddy Johnson, LB, Texans

The Texans are playing the Dolphins this week, a club that loves the RPO’s slant to the middle. While no linebacker in football is athletic enough to stay with the likes of Tyreke Hill and Jaylen Waddle after a fake run-out, Johnson will represent a tiny contingent of second-tier defenders who can come close to completing this assignment athletically. Check it out daily training from 2021. He’s a freak physically.

7. Fred Johnson, O.L., Eagles

Johnson is an outstanding blocker from Florida. It feels like this program is pumping out a lot of those types, doesn’t it? In any case, the 6ft 7in, 330lb with incredibly long reach was not selected in 2019 despite a quality last season with the Gators, and has made sporadic appearances on PSPR over the past few years.

Now I know what you’re thinking: the Eagles don’t need to improve their offensive line. Well, while this is undoubtedly true of the starting unit, Johnson can be an unbeatable additional blocker to get on the field in difficult situations.

5. Jayden Peavy, DT, Titans

The Titans are likely to be without underrated and super versatile star Denico Autry in Week 12, and while Peavy doesn’t provide as much positional flexibility, he’s the same size as Autry and boasts tall features. Weighing 6-5 and weighing in at around 310 pounds, the former famous recruit has 35.5-inch arms – ridiculously long – and has slowly but surely improved in each of his five seasons with the Aggies as a block-dropping player capable of impressive results. pass-hurry flashes.

4. Harrison Hand, CB, Bears

Hand is a twitchy inside-out corner who got his start in the NFC North with the Vikings. As a rookie, in less than 16% of shots in 2020, former standout Temple has proven that the bright lights of the NFL don’t matter too much to him as he registered a pick and three pass breaks. Chicago is dealing with injuries to defenseman Jaquan Brisker and second-round rookie Kyler Gordon at quarterback. It’s time to give Hand a chance.

3. Cade Johnson, WR, Seahawks

Johnson was Deebo Samuel of FBS in North Dakota. He was a weapon inside and in the jet propulsion game due to his huge YAC abilities and did the usual obstacles on the football field. Johnson has rushed for over 1,200 consecutive seasons and scored 17 touchdowns in 2018. Gino Smith has been terrific this season but could have used another bouncy out to connect with D.K. Metcalfe and Tyler Lockett in Seattle.

2. Deven Tompkins, WR, Buccaneers

Tompkins had five catches for 53 yards, including two contested catch wins! – during the 2022 pre-season. He also resembles Tom Brady as he was a zero-star recruit when he joined the Utah program in 2018. Brady loves losers losers and that’s exactly what Tompkins is. And finally, Tampa Bay could use more juice on the receiver, especially given how common this crime has been lately. He has a speed of 4.44, a vertical height of 38.5 inches and a long jump of 132 inches on pro day.

1. Emeka Emezi, WR, Falcons

I watched Emesy so much in college. Why is this? Because he started showing up early in North Carolina State, on those Wolfpack teams led by Ryan Finlay, Jacobi Meyers, Nyheim Hines, Calvin Harmon, and Jaylen Samuels. As a freshman, Emesy had 13 hits for 163 yards. After going 6-3, the 220-pounder had over 45 receptions and 575 yards in four straight seasons, catching 18 touchdowns.

Honorable mention

Tyler Goodson, RB, Packers

Aaron Jones is a little shabby. AJ Dillon has played well this season, but the Packers love to play football as much as any other club in the league. When they work well, they are very difficult to stop. Sunday night’s game against the Eagles is a mandatory game for Green Bay. Call Goodson, who was born to work in Mike LaFleur’s outer zone system and has serious abilities. I ran 4.42 on the combine.

Nazi Johnson, DB, Chiefs

Johnson was a statistical filler at Marshall with 302 tackles, seven picks, and 19 assists in five seasons. It can take a nickel corner spot. Free security. Strong security. He handles well and plays confidently at every snap.

Prince Emily, DT, Saints

Earlier this season, when Emily was with the Bills, Emily had a key pass that led to an interception by Jordan Poyer in Buffalo’s big win over the Ravens. Penn’s level of nervous, unhesitating forward on the field is exactly the kind of player New Orleans could use in his defense right now.

Jaret Patterson, RB, Commanders

No idea is a bad idea when it comes to how to fix a running game. Now, of course, the runner himself can’t fix an NFL team’s fast-paced offense on his own. But it doesn’t hurt to include the small, super-sly Patterson in this offense, though Brian Robinson Jr.’s inspiring return to the roster certainly helped boost the game’s scoring.

Curtis Brooks, DT, Colts

Brooks blossomed late in Cincinnati but boasts the most dynamic triple-passing technique in the class of 2022. I mean that….


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