Bair Mail: On Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, Feleipe Franks and Falcons QB situation, Roquan Smith and more

Bair Mail: On Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, Feleipe Franks and Falcons QB situation, Roquan Smith and more

This was a fun mailbag to put together, and it’s not because we’re coming up on game day, preseason or otherwise.

Best of all the kind words you all used in complimenting the work Tori and I do. That is always very kind. There were actually quite a few, which I told Tori on Tuesday afternoon. She moved too.

So, on behalf of both of us, thank you for the kind words. We love working with this Falcons fan base. Thank you.

Now go to why you clicked. Let’s get your final Bayr Mail questions before the Falcons play Detroit on Friday night.

Thank you all for all the hard work. Can’t wait for the new season to come. With preseason games around the corner, I have some doubts about the depth of our quarterback room. While I like the competition between Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder, I don’t feel like Feleipe Franks is a lock for the 3rd string, especially considering the work he’s gotten at TE Hybrid. With Marcus’ injury-prone history, and Ridder’s experience, should Arthur Smith consider having a third QB? If he does, is Feleipe the man for the job or can we expect a full-time QB from one of the UDFAs or a veteran coming in Free Agency?

Bair: Glad you woke up the QB room, Genaro. It’s unusual to actually go through two quarters of training camp. Desmond Ridder in particular is getting a lot of work and should see a good amount of playing time in the preseason.

That said, I think Marcus Mariota is the clearest No. 1 pick at this stage, before we hit the preseason slate. He looks better in training camp and consistently dominates the upper division.

Feleipe Franks has worked for a few seasons and this weekend he didn’t look too bad. He’ll have to get some preseason work in to prepare himself for a chance to be called into that role. He has been excellent at tight end as well, and should make the team a valuable addition to the team.

My thoughts on adding a third QB: If they were going to add another arm, they would have done it already. They’ve got three games and two practice sessions coming up. Time to get a review would be easier at the beginning of camp. I can’t say it can’t happen, but I think the Falcons will be happy to get Mariota and Ridder a lot of work this summer.

I’m interested to see how both men (and maybe Franks) play on Friday.

With Roquan Smith wanting to leave Chicago, do you think the Falcons should make a move to trade him, keeping in mind he is in the final year of his rookie contract.

Bair: Roquan Smith is amazing, but the entire state of Georgia already knows that. What he did for the Bulldogs will not soon be forgotten. I think he is a next-level player, but you have to change him. That won’t come cheap. Then you have to pay him for a long time. Again, that won’t be cheap.

Doubt the Bears will take Deion Jones’ contract in an outright trade, either. Jeff Schultz of The Athletics ponders the Smith trade here. Maybe I’ll do that straight swap, though, and swap big contracts. Anything more and I might raise an eyebrow. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to get a deal done and it’s a fair question to wonder if inside linebacker is where to spend so much cash for A.J. Terrell and Chris Lindstrom will increase soon enough and other areas that were wise investments could help the team. Never say never because Terry Fontenot is always looking to add talent, but I’m not sure that’s the move to make right now if the Bears want a big comeback. We’ll have to see how things go.

Ok Scott we all know you have a relationship with certain players heading into the season, especially Lorenzo Carter. So in Friday’s first preseason game which player or players are you most excited to see in live game action? Additionally, do you think any players currently leading the position battles could lose their spot in the pre-season?

Bair: I sure have my favorites, don’t I? I’m very interested in how Lorenzo Carter will approach key events during the regular season. My new favorite under-the-radar player is receiver KhaDarel Hodge, a scratcher who is now open and ready to make plays.

I want to see quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder on Friday against Detroit, and I think (I don’t know) we’ll see both guys in Detroit. I’ve been waiting all summer to see Tyler Allgeier play, and he’ll get some preseason coverage. And rookie cornerbacks, Arnold Ebiketie and D’Angelo Malone. There are a lot of new faces that Tori and I will take lots of notes to analyze right after the game and beyond.

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Rick Leonard #71 and offensive lineman Leroy Watson #72 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

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Atlanta Falcons running back Damien Williams #6 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons tackle Kaleb McGary #76 and forward Tyler Vrabel #73 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons )

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Dean Marlowe #21 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota #1 and running back Damien Williams #6 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kuony Deng #52, outside linebacker Quinton Bell #56, and linebacker Jordan Brailford #49 during AT&T (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Fans arrive during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive back Cornell Armstrong #25 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Cameron Batson #16 and safety Erik Harris #23 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Feleipe Franks #15 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons safety Henry Black #36 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Atlanta Falcons Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive back Cornell Armstrong #25 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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(Atlanta Falcons running back Caleb Huntley #42 and running back Tyler Allgeier #25 during AT&T)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Anthony Rush #94 during AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Abdullah Anderson #65 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks Grady Jarrett #97 and Ta’Quon Graham #95 during AT&T Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Frank Darby #88 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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A detailed view of the helmet as Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson #84 signs for fan posts during AT&T (Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Troy Andersen #44 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell #24 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Tyler Vrabel #73 and cornerback DeAngelo Malone #51 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/ (Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London #5 and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge #12 during AT&T Atlanta Falcons Practice at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood (Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Abdullah Anderson #65 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lorenzo Carter #9 and cornerback DeAngelo Malone #51 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson #84 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Fans sit on the mound during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons defensive back Dee Alford #37 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Rose Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier #25 and safety Richie Grant #27 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/ (Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons cornerback Matt Hankins #43 and tight end Parker Hesse #46 during the AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Center in Flower Branch, Georgia, Tuesday, August 9, 2022. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/ (Atlanta Falcons)

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Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tyler Vrabel #73 and Lorenzo Carter #9 during AT&T Atlanta Falcons Training Camp

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Jaxon James from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hello from up North! I really enjoyed your coverage of the Falcons. My question is about Dee Alford and how do you think his performance was in camp? I saw the video of him getting beat by London but then making a play to break up a pass the next day. Is he a viable candidate or one that might be cut? We’ve spent the last year watching him up here in Winnipeg and can’t understand how he never got a shot in the NFL. Thanks for your consideration Q!

Bair: Appreciate the opportunity to talk about the CFL getting a chance at an NFL club. Dee Alford has had some good times in camp, occasionally moving around in the upper division. It’s really hard to make the team a corner, with A.J. Terrell, Casey Hayward, Darren Hall and Isaiah Oliver as artificial locks to make the roster. You have to think Mike Ford is in line for a roster spot as well. That could make it 53-man, or there could be a battle for the sixth spot on the roster. Alford would be in that mix, along with Cornell Armstrong.

He should come out of the preseason, especially if he gets a chance against better opposition earlier in the season. He can certainly compete at this level, though. Alford is a good player.

We don’t hear much about D’Angelo Malone, do you have any thoughts or predictions for him? I have a feeling that Troy Anderson and D’Angelo Malone will be bust, but that’s just me. Ideas?

Beer: Two things: 1. We have no way of knowing how these rookies will play. They didn’t make it to the NFL once. We have no knowledge of what they will be like. I have to let them play.

And, 2. This gives you a twist to tie into my D’Angelo Malone story I wrote on Tuesday. Watch it here.

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