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Moneyball Update – Week 7

May 18th, 2010 Comments off

I’m sure you thought I had just forgot all about this. Well I didn’t, and I’ve been wanting all off-season long to finish these up. I didn’t get to it earlier because I was pretty busy with all the draft stuff. But now we’re entering those summer doldrums where there isn’t much football between now and the end of July. So I figure I have no excuse to get these done between now and the beginning of camp.

Well, I’m only at the Cowboys game. This was a game that the Falcons got beat physically. Their offensive line struggled to create holes, and their defensive line didn’t get a ton of pressure on Tony Romo throughout the game. Then big hits on the receivers late in the game sort of summed up how much more physical the Cowboys were on this day than the Falcons. Patrick Crayton’s punt return with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter was the nail in the coffin.

The Falcons offense got off to a good start on its opening drive, but it struggled afterwards with two second quarter turnovers that were caused by pressure. The Falcons pass protection wasn’t great this game, but it wasn’t bad. It just happened to be that early in the game when there was pressure it really hurt the Falcons. The Falcons running game didn’t do much as well, as they couldn’t open many holes. Harvey Dahl missed a bunch of blocks there, and Sam Baker gave up some pressure to Anthony Spencer a number of times. Jason Snelling out performed Michael Turner in his limited carries and seemed to be showing more burst in this game than Turner.

PLAYER
PASS
RUSH
REC
BLK
SPEC
PEN
TOTAL
Jason Snelling$0$10$1$0$1$0$12.00
Matt Ryan$9$1$0$0$0-$2$8.00
Michael Turner$0$7$0$0$0$0$7.00
Roddy White$0$0$6-$1$0-$1$4.00
Eric Weems$0$0$4$0$0$0$4.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$3-$1$0$0$2.00
Brian Finneran$0$0$2$0$0$0$2.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$3$0-$1$2.00
Verron Haynes$0$0$1$0.5$0$0$1.50
Marty Booker$0$0$1$0$0$0$1.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0-$2$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$0.5$0$0-$0.50
Justin Peelle$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0-$4$0$0-$4.00

The defense wasn’t bad in this game. Early int he game, some of their successes probably had more to do with the Cowboys offense being out of sync rather than strong performance. But they had troubles getting pressure on Romo after the first quarter or so. And the Cowboys offensive line seemed to wear down on them as the game went on, as they had increasing difficulty in the second half of stopping the run. Again, the defnese wasn’t bad, just not able to make plays when they needed to, and they had lots of troubles matching up with Jason Witten and Miles Austin in this game. If you were to point to any players that had some standout performances, it would probably be Jamaal Anderson and Curtis Lofton. Anderson was particularly effective early on in the game when he lined up inside against Leonard Davis. And Lofton made some nice plays vs. the run throughout the game. Thomas DeCoud also had a pretty good game besides giving up a touchdown to Austin.

PLAYER
DEF
SPECIAL
PEN
TOTAL
Jamaal Anderson$2$0$0$2.00
Michael Koenen$0$2$0$2.00
Curtis Lofton$1.5$0$0$1.50
Kroy Biermann$0.5$1$0$1.50
Thomas Johnson$1$0$0$1.00
Stephen Nicholas$1$0$0$1.00
Coy Wire$0$1$0$1.00
John Abraham$0.5$0$0$0.50
Jonathan Babineaux$0.5$0$0$0.50
Mike Peterson$0$0$0$0.00
Erik Coleman$0$0$0$0.00
Thomas DeCoud$0$0$0$0.00
Brent Grimes-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Chevis Jackson-$2$0$0-$2.00
Chris Houston-$3$0-$1-$4.00

Noteworthy Stats from Week 7

Dropped Passes (1): Jenkins
Sacks Allowed (1): Baker (0.5), Haynes (0.5)
Poor Throws (6): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (4): Baker (3), Dahl
Missed Blocks (8): Dahl (3), McClure, Clabo, White, Peelle, Gonzalez
QB Pressures (3): Anderson, Peterson, Lofton
Missed Tackles (2): Lofton, Coleman

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Falcons cut Banks

May 13th, 2010 Comments off

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC tweets that the Falcons have released tight end Leroy Banks. Banks was signed after the draft as an undrafted free agent. The release of Banks gets the Falcons down to the 80-man limit after signing two players that tried out with the team during last week’s mini-camp: quarterback Eric Ward and cornerback Daylan Walker.

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Moore and Babineaux will sit out minicamp

May 7th, 2010 Comments off

Shortly after news that Moore would be healthy to participate, the Falcons have changed their mind on 2009 second round pick William Moore’s status for this weekend’s minicamp due to a minor pectoral injury suffered while weight-lifting per an AJC report. Also Jonathan Babineaux will be held out due to a minor shoulder injury. Neither injuries are considered serious per the report, and will miss this weekend’s five practices to prevent further damage.

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Falcons invite CFL kicker to minicamp

May 7th, 2010 Comments off

Allen Cameron of the Calgary Herald reports that Calgary Stampeders kicker Rob Maver will attend the Falcons mini-camp this weekend. Maver was the fifth overall pick and top pick for the Stampeders on last weekend’s CFL draft.

Per Maver, he agreed to working out with the Falcons due to his shared status with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff as an alumnus of the University of Guelph. Maver performed both as a punter and kicker there. He led the nation with a 46.1 punt average as a junior earning All-Canadian honors, and connected on 13 of 14 field goals as a senior kicker. He was a four-time all-conference punter and two-time honoree as a kicker.

The 5’11″ 212-pound specialist did 11 bench press reps and ran a 4.97 40 at the Canadian equivalent of the NFL’s Scouting Combine this past March.

This is not the first time the Falcons have looked north of the border at possible kicking candidates. In February, they worked out several CFL kickers, but signed none.

Per Cameron’s report, Maver does not consider his chance to stick in the NFL to be serious as he intends to return to the Stampeders after this weekend, and will continue contract negotiations over the course of it.

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Moore set for minicamp return

May 4th, 2010 1 comment

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that 2009 second round pick William Moore has been cleared to participate in the Falcons upcoming minicamp this weekend. Moore was limited to only two appearances last season after undergoing knee surgery in August, and then suffering a hamstring injury during the season which forced him onto injured reserve.

Per the report, fellow 2009 rookie Peria Jerry will not participate in the minicamp due lingering issues from a knee injury he suffered in Week 2 of last year. Cornerback Brian Williams and wide receiver Harry Douglas also will be held out as they recover from torn ACLs. Per Falcons head coach Mike Smith, all three of those players are not expected to participate in organized team activities later in the month and should return in time for training camp later this summer.

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