Falcons cut three for roster cutdown

The Falcons preempted the league’s mandate to get their summer rosters down to 75 players by releasing three players today. The deadline for the roster cut down is Tuesday afternoon. The three players released today were defensive tackles Tywain Myles, Jason Jefferson, and long snapper Robert Shiver. Myles spent the final weeks of the 2008 season on the Falcons practice squad before joining the squad in January. Jefferson signed...

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Redman leads comeback at home
Aug30

Redman leads comeback at home

The Falcons won their home opener in the preseason with only a few ticks on the clock. The defense struggled early, but Chris Redman was able to lead the team on a fourth quarter comeback in the fourth quarter to overcome the San Diego Chargers 27-24. Matt Ryan led the way, completing 14 of 20 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Redman subbed in late in the third quarter, and finished with 134 yards, completing 15 of 19 passes with...

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Who will make the final roster?
Aug26

Who will make the final roster?

The National Football Post’s Mike Lombardi has a nice article about what goes into constructing a 53-man roster, with emphasis on the last dozen or so players. With that as my inspiration, I’ve broken down the 78 players on the Falcons roster into five distinct groups, based on their chances of making the opening day roster. Definitely Making It These 36 players should be sleeping easy this weekend since they are in no...

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Moore returns to practice

The AJC reports that second round pick safety William Moore returned to practice earlier today. According to head coach Mike Smith, it was limited. Moore underwent surgery on his left knee earlier this month, and was expected to miss two to four weeks recovering from it. Moore was also slated to compete with Thomas DeCoud for a roster spot, but his injury likely has installed DeCoud as the starter for the time being. The team even...

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Mid-Preseason Stock Exchange

Re-assessing which players have raised and lowered their stock after two preseason games. STOCK UP Thomas Johnson – He started the first preseason game and has added some size. It remains to be seen if Johnson will be the opening day starter, but he’s made an impression that he should at least land a reserve spot in the rotation. Chris Owens – He’s given up two touchdown passes in the preseason, but Owens has...

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Falcons beat Rams with strong start
Aug22

Falcons beat Rams with strong start

The Falcons grabbed their first win of the preseason with a 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The Falcons started off strong with two touchdown drives in the first quarter capped off by Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez. Matt Ryan completed 7 of 8 passes for 81 yards with a touchdown. D.J. Shockley subbed for him in the second quarter and finished the game 5 of 11 for 63 yards with a pick. He was replaced by John Parker Wilson in...

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Hanson kicks Lions to victory
Aug15

Hanson kicks Lions to victory

The Falcons got up to an early lead, winning 16-3 in the second half before the Lions were able to come back. The game came down to the wire, as Drew Stanton led his team down the field, and made a key 18-yard scamper to put the Lions into field goal range with less than a minute left. Jason Hanson kicked a 47-yard field goal to win it as time expire. Matt Ryan led the Falcons with 33 passing yards, completing 5 of 7 throws. Chris...

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Early Camp Stock Exchange

It’s been a little more than a week of camp, and here’s a brief recap of the players that have raised (or lowered) their stock in that time, based upon published reports. STOCK UP Thomas DeCoud – Although DeCoud may win the starting gig by default due to an injury to William Moore that will likely keep him out for the rest of the summer, it’s quite possible he would have won the job outright. Most observers...

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Lofton returns to practice
Aug10

Lofton returns to practice

J. Michael Moore of AtlantaFalcons.com reports that middle linebacker Curtis Lofton returned to practice today. Lofton has been held out of practice since the first day of training camp due to a hamstring injury. Per the report, all players on the roster practice today except running back Jason Snelling, who suffered a bit hit from Jamaal Fudge on Friday’s scrimmage. The Falcons welcomed back Roddy White for his first day of...

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Erik Coleman moves to strong safety
Aug10

Erik Coleman moves to strong safety

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the team has had Erik Coleman and Thomas DeCoud switch safety positions. Coleman was the starting free safety, but will now man the strong safety position that DeCoud was previously working at. The move might be prompted by the injury to William Moore, who was competing with DeCoud for the starting strong safety position. Moore is expected to be out up to four weeks. DeCoud played free...

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