Newberry retires

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com reports that Falcons center Jeremy Newberry is retiring. Newberry signed with the Falcons a month ago to add some veteran depth to the offensive line. Per the report, Newberry’s knee had been bothering him since having surgery a few years back. But the knee had been getting worse and worse according to a league source. It is possible the Falcons might re-sign center Alex Stepanovich, who the...

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Falcons sign Sidbury

The Falcons announced the signing of fourth round pick Lawrence Sidbury this morning. Sidbury, a defensive end out of Richmond, is the sixth Falcons draft pick to sign, meaning only the team’s top two picks, Peria Jerry and William Moore, remain unsigned. Sidbury is expected to compete for playing time as a situational pass rusher for the Falcons. As a senior at Richmond, he had a breakout campaign finishing the year with 11.5...

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Abraham will be in camp

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that John Abraham’s agent, Rich Rosa, has informed him that he will be present for the Falcons training camp that begins on August 1. A previous report from Steve Wyche of NFL Network reported that Abraham was “bitter” about his contract. Wyche did not cite Abraham or Rosa, but teammates that indicated Abraham was not happy about the six-year deal he signed back in 2006 due to...

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Camp Battles: Special Teams

Relatively speaking, this is the most settled spot on the roster. Jason Elam and Michael Koenen will held into camp unchallenged for their spots. Mike Schneck will be pushed by undrafted rookie long snapper Robert Shiver. Shiver will have to have a really strong summer to push Schneck off the roster, but it’s happened before to Schneck in Buffalo and here in Atlanta with an unknown guy named Derek Rackley. In the return game, it...

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Camp Battles: Secondary

There should be some of the fiercest competition on the roster in the secondary this summer. Erik Coleman seems locked in as the starting free safety. But at the other safety spot, William Moore and Thomas DeCoud are set to compete. Chris Houston is probably a longshot to lose his starting job this summer, but could be challenged somewhat if he doesn’t have a strong summer. The other corner spot will be up for grabs however....

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Rape reported at Douglas’s home

Fox 5 Atlanta reports that Gwinnett County police are searching for a man accused of committing a rape at the home of wide receiver Harry Douglas. According to reports, Douglas was not involved. Per the AJC He was hosting a party at his house on Wednesday night, where the victim fell asleep in one of the bedrooms. She was awoken by a man who was sexually assaulted her. In 2007, the Falcons faced a similar issue when a woman was raped...

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Abe looking for a new contract

Steve Wyche of NFL.com reports that there are rumors that John Abraham is a little bitter about his contract. Wyche cited Falcons teammates, not Abraham himself, as the source of these rumors. Abraham has three years remaining on his contract that he signed with the team in 2006 which was a six-year deal worth $45 million. He has base salaries that combine for $19.5 million in the remaining three years. Wyche cited Jared Allen’s...

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Camp Battles: Linebackers

Curtis Lofton is a fixture in the middle, and it’s pretty much a sure bet that Mike Peterson will be a starter at one of the outside spots, most likely being the weak side. There will be some competition between Stephen Nicholas and Coy Wire for the strong side position. Nicholas is the more likely of the two to win the job, as the coaching staff wants to develop him. Wire is undersized, but performed well as a reserve off the...

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Camp Battles: Defensive Line

Unlike the offensive line, the defensive line is fairly unsettled as far as the starting lineup. Jonathan Babineaux and John Abraham can be assured of retaining their starting spots, but the other two positions are up for grabs. At left end, Chauncey Davis and Jamaal Anderson will compete. But this is Anderson’s job to lose. The team is fairly confident that Davis can handle the starting job if need be. He outplayed Anderson...

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Camp Battles: Offensive Line

Barring some unforseen injury, it’s doubtful the Falcons five starters will change from last year. Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Harvey Dahl, and Tyson Clabo are all set to open the season as the team’s starting five, and something significant would need to happen in order to change that. The battles here will come for who will sit the bench. Most NFL teams keep a rotation of eight linemen, but usually keep a...

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