Shockley healthy, Weiner not

Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that quarterback D.J. Shockley has been medically cleared to participate in all football-related team activities. Shockley suffered a torn ACL during last summer and missed all of the regular season, and has been limited thus far throughout most of the off-season. Wyche also reports that offensive tackle Todd Weiner is still sidelined as he is recovering from knee surgery. Weiner missed 8 games last...

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Onus now on Redman

Well since I incorrectly predicted a holdout for Matt Ryan, I’ll try to make up for it with another not so insightful prediction, that Ryan will be the starter once the season opens. With his contract being signed so quickly, we can all see the context clues being left by this front office and coaching staff, it’s just a matter are we going to choose to continue to ignore them at this point. And at this point, it’s...

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Void in leadership breeds opportunity

One of the main reasons why Chris Long, Glenn Dorsey, and Matt Ryan were the top three players on my draft board was due to their superior leadership skills and potential, in my own estimation. I believed all three more so than any of the other “elite” prospects would relish the opportunity to come to this franchise and immediately take on the mantle as a locker room and on-field leader. They did so in college, so why not...

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Ryan inks multi-year deal

The Falcons announced the signing of top draft pick Matt Ryan today. Ryan is the second first round pick to sign, following No. 1 overall selection Jake Long’s agreement the week prior to the draft. The move is a bit of a surprise considering that Ryan’s agent Tom Condon is notorious for having high profile holdouts when it comes to top quarterback clients. UPDATE: Reportedly, Ryan’s deal is a six-year contract worth...

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Falcons make roster moves after minicamp

The Falcons signed three players on Monday, all of whom had tried out with the team over the previous weekend during their three-day minicamp. The team also announced it had released two players: linebacker Earl Everett and safety Nick Turnbull. The three players signed were safeties Eric Brock and Jamal Lewis along with wide receiver Tony Gonzalez. Both Brock and Lewis were undrafted free agents this past spring. Gonzalez went...

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CBA Opt Out

The owners unanimously voted to opt out of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement that gives 59 percent of the total football revenues to the players. This wasn’t unexpected, as the rookie salaries have gotten out of hand. I also believe the owners want to ensure that they have more options when players do things off the field that limit their availability to the team. With the Vick fiasco and Goodell coming down hard on the...

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Ryan is worth the risk

I was reading a blog by Mike Florio (of ProFootballTalk.com) posted on The Sporting News, that made mention of the Falcons making the seventh worst move of the off-season by drafting Matt Ryan over Glenn Dorsey. I won’t dispute whether Dorsey was the better pick/player, but I disagree wholeheartedly with the notion that the gulf between the two is so significant that it makes taking Dorsey a “safe” pick and Ryan a...

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Falcons work out eight at minicamp

The Falcons had eight additional players working out with the team over the weekend that were not signed to contracts. Among them were Hawaii wideout C.J. Hawthorne and Auburn safety Eric Brock, which previous reports falsely indicated had signed with the team. All of these players are vying for chances to be officially signed by the team and brought to training camp in July. Also among them are wide receivers A.J. Bryant (Georgia),...

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Horn wants trade

Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn desires the team to trade him. According to Wyche, Horn wants to be moved due to his desire for increased playing time. “I want to win a Super Bowl and I want to win a Super Bowl here in Atlanta, but I don’t think I can help this team win a Super Bowl sitting on the bench, waiting for third down… They’re going with the younger guys and I...

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Roster limit could hurt Falcons

Don Banks discussed the ramifications of the 80-man roster limit in this most recent article on SI.com. It’s a good read, and while it may seem rather trivial to the casual fan, it does have perhaps significant ramifications for all teams and the Falcons in particular. By my current count, the Falcons have 91 players on their roster, which includes their 11 draft picks. So that means, that for each draft pick that is signed, the...

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