Adopting a new draft strategy

Okay, originally I was all about Adrian Peterson. But less so now. The more I’m hearing about LaRon Landry, the more I want him. I’m just intrigued with the comparisons to Brian Dawkins. If Landry is indeed potentially that good, then I say take him. Peterson is a hugely talented running back, but finding quality at that position is much easier than finding a Dawkins-esque safety. Not to mention, I believe the safety class...

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Falcons claim Bryant

The Falcons signed defensvie tackle Anthony Bryant, claiming him off waivers. He was released by the Detroit Lions on Monday. Bryant appeared in four games last season, starting the final three for the Lions at nose tackle due to injuries. He finished the season with 8 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. The massive 337-pounder was sixth round pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2005. He played in four games with the Bucs as a rookie before...

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Two compensatory picks awarded to Falcons

The Falcons will receive two more draft picks this upcoming April, bringing their total to 10. The two picks are among 32 compensatory draft picks handed out by the league each year. They are awarded to teams based off an undisclosed formula that compensates them for lost free agents from the prior year. These picks are added at the end of rounds 3 through 7 of the draft. Although not officially known, the Falcons two picks likely...

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Falcons will host Colts on Thanskgiving Night

The league announced that the Falcons will play host to Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving Night in 2007. This is the second ever Thanksgiving game for the Falcons, after playing the Detroit Lions in 2005. It will also mark the first time a Thanksgiving Day game will be played in the Georgia Dome. It also marks the third consecutive season in which the Falcons hosted the defending Super Bowl champion, after...

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Interest in Scott and Rattay waning

AJC writer Steve Wyche writes that the Falcons interest in signing defensive tackle Ian Scott and quarterback Tim Rattay is waning. Wyche indicates that the reasons for this lessening pursuit is unknown currently. Conflicting sources expected that Scott would choose to sign soon with a team, either the Falcons or his former team the Chicago Bears, but that seems unlikely at this point. The team was in talks with Rattay about joining...

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Falcons remain interested in free agent QBs

D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that the Falcons have contacted free agent passer Tim Rattay about their backup quarterback position. The Falcons signed free agent Chris Redman last week, but since he has not thrown a pass in a game since 2003, the Falcons feel like the position could be addressed further. The AJC article also writes that the Falcons remain interested in quarterback Anthony Wright about taking over the position. ESPN has...

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Scott now expected to sign with Falcons

AJC writer D. Orlando Ledbetter projected that Scott would re-sign with the Chicago Bears today. However, John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune and Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald both write that due to the Bears signing of free agent Anthony Adams, free agent Ian Scott is now expected to sign with the Falcons. It’s unknown which of the conflicting reports is more accurate. There has been no formal timetable for Scott to make a...

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Falcons negotiating with Scott

Several sources, including the AJC, indicate that the Falcons are in the midst of negotiations with free agent defensive tackle Ian Scott, of the Chicago Bears. Scott, a run stuffer, has been key to the success of Bears Pro Bowl linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs the past few seasons, since he is able to keep blockers off them. He entered the starting lineup in 2004, which was his best season in which he recorded 44 tackles...

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Falcons sign kicker

The Falcons signed free agent kicker Aaron Elling. Elling’s addition may mean the end of Morten Andersen’s brief comeback to the NFL. Elling has not been successful on a field goal attempt since the season opener in 2004. He was released by the Ravens this past summer. His last stint in the league was in 2005 with the Ravens, where he served primarily as their kickoff specialist. He had a single field goal attempt that...

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Barbre also on Falcons pre-draft lists

Scout.com reports that Missouri Southern State offensive tackle Allen Barbre is another draft prospect scheduled to visit the Falcons in the coming weeks. The 6’4″ 300 Division II All-American impressed at last month’s combine. His 4.84 40-yard dash time was the fastest among all offensive linemen, and his 32-inch vertical leap and 28 bench reps of 225-pounds also were among the tops at his position, displaying his...

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