3. What will the Jenkins effect be? With starting wide receiver Michael Jenkins out with a shoulder injury, the Falcons will have a good opportunity to evaluate their depth at the position. Veteran Brian Finneran likely will draw the start, with Eric Weems lining up as the No. 3 receiver. Rookie Kerry Meier, who has impressed in training camp, will hit the field pretty early. The reserves will get a lot of action, and two to watch are Ryan Wolfe and Brandyn Harvey. They have looked good in practice catching passes when they know they couldn't get hit. Let's see how they do in tackle football.
4. Who's going to make an impression? Reserves often have to make an impression on special teams in exhibition games. There are several players who will get that opportunity, but one to watch is Shann Schillinger, the team's sixth-round draft pick from Montana. He will get a chance to make an early impression because safeties William Moore and Matt Giordano will not play. Schillinger, who likely will make the team as a special-teams player, will see plenty of action after Erik Coleman and Thomas DeCoud retire for the evening. Schillinger has picked up the defense quickly and will make calls in his first NFL game.
5. How will backup quarterback Chris Redman perform? Last season, Redman was pressed into service after starter Matt Ryan was injured. In 2008, he didn't play a down. He has to treat the exhibition games with a sense of urgency because when the season starts, he won't get many practice repetitions, but will have to stay prepared. "In the season, you treat every game like you're a starter," Redman said. "In the preseason, you know you are going to play. I think it's vital for us to go out there, play and have a good showing."