Falcons add six to practice squad

The Falcons announced the addition of six players to their practice squad today and also claimed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson off waivers from the Buffalo Bills. To make room for Jefferson, they released Tim Anderson. The team added seventh round pick Keith Zinger among the six practice squad additions. Also wide receiver Eric Weems, guard D’Anthony Batiste, cornerback Glenn Sharpe, safety Eric Brock, and defensive end...

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Harrington, Forney among final cuts

The Falcons announced their cuts today to get their roster down to the 53-man limit for the regular season. This likely won’t be the only moves the team makes before their opener against the Detroit Lions on September 7, as they will pilfer through the waiver wire looking for players other teams released today. Most prominent among those players released were quarterback Joey Harrington and guard Kynan Forney. Harrington started...

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Falcons take down Ravens
Aug28

Falcons take down Ravens

The Falcons ended their preseason with another win, taking down the Baltimore Ravens on the road by a score of 10-9. It was a game dominated by backups and modest offensive play as the team uses it to assess which players will make the roster with the final cuts to come by Saturday. D.J. Shockley got most of the reps and led the team passing for 98 yards and a touchdown while completing 7 of 14 passes. On the ground, Jason Snelling...

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Ryan is Falcons starter
Aug24

Ryan is Falcons starter

The Falcons named Matt Ryan their starting quarterback on Sunday. Ryan had received most of the reps during the preseason, despite entering training camp primarily working with the third string units. Although head coach Mike Smith has indicated in the past that it was to be an open competition between all four passers. Ryan earned his first start on Friday in an impressive win over the Tennessee Titans. Smith and the coaching staff...

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Falcons pick up Pollard

As originally reported by the Peoria Journal Star, the Falcons signed tight end Marcus Pollard on Sunday. To make room for Pollard, the team released George Cooper. Pollard was released earlier this week by the New England Patriots. He played with the Seattle Seahawks last year, starting 10 games and catching 28 passes for 273 yards (9.8 avg) and 2 touchdowns. Prior to his stint with the Seahawks, he played two seasons with the...

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Falcons win first of ‘Smitty’ Era
Aug22

Falcons win first of ‘Smitty’ Era

The Falcons won their first preseason game with a 17-3 victory over the Tennessee Titans. It marked the first of hopefully many under new head coach Mike Smith and hope that it’s somewhat a preview of what will be to come in the regular season with many of the team’s starters getting extended minutes. Matt Ryan got a taste of the starting position playing the entire first half and a series in the second. He finished the...

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Horn gets his release

The AJC reports that the Falcons have released wide receiver Joe Horn. Horn and his agent were given permission to seek a trade to another team earlier this summer, but trade talks had been unproductive. Horn was signed by the team in 2007 to a four-year contract in hopes of bolstering the team’s subpar receiver spot. But Horn was less than spectacular, only catching 27 passes in his first season with the Falcons. Instead, the...

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Ryan set to start against Titans

The Falcons announced today that rookie quarterback Matt Ryan will start the team’s third preseason game on Friday against the Tennessee Titans. Ryan, along with most of the team’s starters, is set to play the entire first half and a series in the second half. While the Falcons have not officially announced which of their quarterbacks will open the season as the starter, all signs point to Ryan. Previously, head coach Mike...

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Roster Battles Update Pt. 2

I already assessed the offense, so let’s get to the defense. DL: There’s still heavy competition here. I think the team is close to establishing it’s three-man rotation at both end and tackle. Which basically may leave only one spot open for each position. I think at end, Simon Fraser is the front-runner since he can also shoot inside on passing downs. But Kroy Biermann has shown enough that I think the team would be...

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Roster Battles Update Pt. 1

I plan on doing the defense later, but here’s my take on how some of the offensive position battles have gone so far, and where they may be headed with two more weeks of preseason left. The Falcons play the Titans next Friday, and the following Tuesday is the first roster cutdown. They will have to get the roster from 80 to 75 players. Then the following Thursday they will end the preseason against the Ravens, and the final...

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