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Johnson is fifth draft pick to sign

June 19th, 2010 Comments off
Mike Johnson

OG Mike Johnson

Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets that the Falcons have signed third round pick guard Mike Johnson to a four-year contract. Johnson is the fifth of the Falcons total of seven draft picks to sign a deal, leaving just fifth rounder Kerry Meier and top pick Sean Weatherspoon left to be inked.

Johnson was taken with the final pick of the third round. He was a three-year starter at Alabama playing both guard and tackle. Terms of his contract are undisclosed.

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Webster to work out for Falcons

June 17th, 2010 Comments off

Adam Caplan of Scout.com tweets that cornerback Jason Webster is scheduled to work out for the Falcons later today. The 32-year old corner has been out of football since the 2008 season.

Webster played for the Falcons from 2004-06, starting 29 of 33 games, and recording 173 tackles and 4 interceptions in that span. He ended the 2006 season on the injured reserve with a groin injury. After being cut by Falcons the following off-season, signed with the Buffalo Bills, but only played in the opener before breaking his forearm, sidelining him for the rest of the season. He signed with the New England Patriots in 2008, but once again battled injury issues. He only played in 3 games for the Patriots.

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Moneyball – First Half Stats

June 16th, 2010 Comments off

Here are the cumulative stats compiled via Moneyball standards for the first 8 games of the 2009 season. The numbers and totals in parentheses () indicate the totals that the players compiled in the second quarter of the season (Weeks 6-9). You can view the first quarter stats here. These do not include totals for playing time and subtractions for penalties.

PASSING
1stD
3rd Conv
20+
40+
TD
Poor Throw
INT
Skd
TOTAL
Matt Ryan52 (26)29 (11)13 (2)3 (2)13 (6)42 (25)10 (8)2 (2)$72.00 ($20)
RUSHING
5+ yd
1stD
3rd Conv
10+ yd
YAC (5+)
TD
Total
Michael Turner27 (11)15 (6)3 (2)13 (9)9 (5)9 (5)$95.00 ($51)
Jason Snelling6 (4)1 (1)4 (2)3 (2)3 (1)0$18.00 ($12)
Jerious Norwood7 (2)01 (0)1 (0)00$9.00 ($2)
Matt Ryan3 (3)1 (1)3 (1)001 (0)$9.00 ($5)
Aaron Stecker1 (1)00000$1.00 ($1)
Ovie Mughelli00001 (0)0$1.00 ($0)
RECEIVING
1stD
3rd Conv
20+
40+
YAC (10+)
TD
Drop
Total
Roddy White12 (6)7 (3)2 (0)3 (2)3 (2)6 (3)4 (1)$38.00 ($20)
Tony Gonzalez13 (8)12 (5)3 (1)03 (2)4 (2)4 (1)$35.00 ($19)
Michael Jenkins14 (5)05 (1)01 (1)07 (5)$13.00 ($2)
Jason Snelling2 (2)3 (1)1 (0)01 (0)1 (0)0$10.00 ($3)
Brian Finneran3 (0)2 (1)001 (1)00$6.00 ($2)
Marty Booker1 (1)3 (0)1 (0)0000$5.00 ($1)
Ovie Mughelli1 (0)01 (0)01 (0)1 (0)0$5.00 ($0)
Jerious Norwood1 (0)2 (0)002 (0)00$5.00 ($0)
Eric Weems01 (1)1 (1)001 (1)0$4.00 ($4)
Aaron Stecker1 (1)0002 (2)00$3.00 ($3)
Michael Turner2 (2)000000$2.00 ($2)
Verron Haynes1 (1)000000$1.00 ($1)
Justin Peelle1 (0)000001 (0)$1.00 ($0)
BLOCKING
KB Run
KB Catch
KB 1st
KB 3rd
KB TD
KB Pass
SA
QBPA
Miss Blk
Total
Todd McClure1 (1)002 (0)0001.5 (0)2 (1)$16.00 ($8)
Justin Blalock2 (0)02 (1)1 (1)1 (1)00.5 (0.5)3.5 (1)3 (1)$14.50 ($7.50)
Tyson Clabo2 (1)03 (1)2 (2)003.0 (2)5 (2)$14.00 ($8)
Harvey Dahl2 (2)02 (0)2 (1)1.5 (1)02.0 (1)3.0 (1)6 (4)$9.50 ($4)
Sam Baker0000001.5 (0.5)7.0 (6)4 (1)$4.50 ($1.50)
Justin Peelle1 (0)02 (0)03 (1)0002 (1)$4.00 ($0)
Ovie Mughelli2 (1)01 (0)00.5 (0)0000$3.50 ($1)
Roddy White1 (0)1 (0)1 (0)02 (1)0001 (1)$2.00 ($0)
Michael Jenkins1 (1)00000000$1.00 ($1)
Jerious Norwood000001 (0)001 (0)$1.00 ($0)
Jason Snelling1 (0)0001 (0)0001 (0)$1.00 ($0)
Will Svitek001 (1)01 (1)00.5 (0.5)1.5 (1.5)1 (1)$0.50 ($0.50)
Brian Finneran001 (0)000001 (0)$0.00 ($0)
Verron Haynes1 (1)001 (1)000.5 (0.5)02 (2)-$0.50 (-$0.50)
Tony Gonzalez00001 (0)001.0 (1)7 (2)-$6.00 (-$2)

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Moneyball Update – Week 9

June 16th, 2010 Comments off

Michael Turner had an excellent game, finishing with 166 yards, and had another 37-yard run negated by a Tyson Clabo hold that really didn’t impact the run, so he could have easily had over 200 yards on the day. And it’s one of the reasons why Matt Ryan’s score is so low. He was basically asked just to manage the game, and did that fairly well if you exclude a poor decision that led to his lone interception early in the game. The receivers weren’t really a factor in this game.  Gonzalez had two first downs and a touchdown, but other than that nobody really did much. Aaron Stecker had more of an impact on the Falcons passing game as Roddy White did. Blocking wasn’t spectacular, but was good on the multiple times Turner was able to break loose. Harvey Dahl had a very good game, finishing with 3 key blocks and not allowing a pressure or sack. He probably had such a good game because he didn’t have to face Albert Haynesworth hardly at all. Justin Blalock was tasked with those duties, and struggled almost every time he was put on an island against Haynesworth (who doesn’t?). But he got a lot of help from McClure, and for the most part, Haynesworth wasn’t a huge factor in the game. Will Svitek replaced Sam Baker at left tackle for most of the game, and did a good job run blocking (2 key blocks), but not a great job in pass protection (1.5 pressures given up, 0.5 sacks allowed). Tyson Clabo didn’t have a great game, as two penalties, a missed block, and a pressure gave him low totals.

PLAYER
PASS
RUSH
REC
BLOCK
PEN
SPEC
TOTAL
Michael Turner$0$16$1$0$0$0$17.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$5$0$0$5.00
Aaron Stecker$0$1$3$0$0$0$4.00
Matt Ryan$3$1$0$0-$1$0$3.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$4-$1$0$0$3.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2-$1$0$1.00
Ovie Mughelli$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Will Svitek$0$0$0$0.5$0$0$0.50
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$0.5$0$0$0.50
Roddy White$0$0$0$0$0$0$0.00
Eric Weems$0$0$0$0-$1$1$0.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0-$1$0$0-$1.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$0-$2$0-$2.00

Defensively, the Falcons were very good in the first half, getting constant pressure on Jason Campbell who was fleeing for his life behind a decrepit offensive line. Jonathan Babineaux was a force of nature in the game, and was essentially unblockable against all three Redskins interior players. He wound up with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. John Abraham also had a nice game pressuring the pocket, particularly when he lined up at left end. He wound up with 0.5 sacks, 2 pressures, and 2 QB hits. Curtis Lofton had a nice game, but his totals are so low because he was exposed in coverage (2 blown coverages). Mike Peterson struggled in coverage quite a bit (2 blown coverages) and also missed a tackle. Tye Hill didn’t do much besides pick off a pass and take it to the house, but he really wasn’t asked to do so. As the Redskins concentrated most of their passing game on quick, short passes to the backs and Santana Moss, which tended to expose the linebackers more often in coverage. The Falcons defense came out with no fire in the second half, allowing the Redskins to have two very long drives to get back into the game. Luckily, Turner had a 58-yard run that pretty much sealed the game in the fourth quarter. But they only really played one good half of football. They were brilliant in the first half, but very lackluster in the second, which is where a lot of the negative plays occurred.

PLAYER
DEF
SPEC
PEN
TOTAL
Jonathan Babineaux$6$0$0$6.00
John Abraham$4.5$0$0$4.50
Michael Koenen$0$4$0$4.00
Tye Hill$3$0$0$3.00
Kroy Biermann$2$1$0$3.00
Vance Walker$2$0$0$2.00
Chris Houston$1$0$0$1.00
Lawrence Sidbury$1$0$0$1.00
Chris Owens$0$1$0$1.00
Jason Elam$0$1$0$1.00
Erik Coleman$0$0$0$0.00
Thomas DeCoud$0$0$0$0.00
Chevis Jackson$0$0$0$0.00
Curtis Lofton-$1$0$0-$1.00
Mike Peterson-$1.5$0$0-$2.50

Advanced Stats from Week 9

Dropped Passes (1): White
Sacks Allowed (1): Blalock (0.5), Svitek (0.5)
Poor Throws (3): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (3): Svitek (1.5), Clabo (1), Blalock (0.5)
Missed Blocks (4): Baker, Clabo, Svitek, Gonzalez
QB Pressures (3): Abraham (2), Sidbury
Missed Tackles (3): Peterson, Lofton, Jackson

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Falcons waive four rookies

June 15th, 2010 Comments off

Updating previous reports, the Falcons announced the signing of rookies Joe Hawley and Dominique Franks, as well as announcing that they waived four players: cornerback Dominique Daniels, long snapper Justin Drescher, kicker Garrett Lindholm, and defensive tackle Trey Bryant. All four players released were undrafted rookie free agents.

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Falcons sign Hawley and Franks

June 15th, 2010 Comments off
Dominique Franks

Dominique Franks

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post cites league sources indicated that the Falcons have agreed to terms with two more rookies: center Joe Hawley and cornerback Dominique Franks.

Per Wilson’s report, Hawley received a signing bonus in excess of $480,000. Franks had a signing bonus reportedly around $211,000.

Hawley was a fourth round pick for the Falcons out of UNLV. Franks was a fifth round picks out of Oklahoma. The Falcons now have four of their seven draft picks signed to deals.

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Moneyball Update – Week 8

June 10th, 2010 Comments off

This game was closer than the score indicated, but there were probably three plays that really prevented the Falcons from winning the game. The first of which was a Michael Jenkins dropped pass on a 3rd down which would have given the Falcons 1st and goal and potentially led to the go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. The second play was the missed field goal that came on the play right after that, with Jason Elam missing a 34-yard field goal. The Falcons inability to come away with points on that drive was a major momentum swing. The third play was a fourth quarter interception by Tracy POrter on a tipped pass by Jonathan Vilma. Tony Gonzalez was probably posed to make a grab at the one-yard line, which likely would have led to the Falcons taking the lead 31-28 with 8 minutes left in the game. Instead, the Saints were able to drive down the field and put the game out of reach 35-24. Another pivotal play was a dropped touchdown pass from Roddy White on the previous drive. Instead of tying up the game at 28 with 11 minutes to go in the game, White didn’t hang onto the pass and the Falcons were forced to settle for three points.

This was not Matt Ryan’s best game. His 11 poor throws, 3 interceptions, and being responsible for two of his three sacks practically negated the 8 first downs, 3 third-down conversions, 2 20+ yard completions, 1 40+ yard completion, and 1 touchdown pass he threw in the game.

Michael Turner had an excellent game, breaking off some long runs early in the game. Gonzalez and White both had good games as receivers, with Gonzalez being a very good security blanket for Ryan. Five of his six receptions were for either first downs or third down conversions. As far as blocking went, Sam Baker struggled blocking Will Smith at times, leading to three pressures.

PLAYER
PASS
RUSH
REC
BLOCK
SPEC
PEN
TOTAL
Michael Turner$0$18$0$0$0$0$18.00
Roddy White$0$0$8$1$0$0$9.00
Tony Gonzalez$0$0$6$0$0$0$6.00
Michael Jenkins$0$0$3$1$0$0$4.00
Justin Blalock$0$0$0$3$0$0$3.00
Matt Ryan$1$1$0$0$0$0$2.00
Todd McClure$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Tyson Clabo$0$0$0$2$0$0$2.00
Harvey Dahl$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Justin Peelle$0$0$0$1$0$0$1.00
Sam Baker$0$0$0$1$0-$2-$1.00

Defensively, Jonathan Babineaux and Curtis Lofton had the best overall performances. But Coy Wire, Thomas DeCoud, Kroy Biermann, Erik Coleman, Brent Grimes, and Stephen Nicholas were able to make some key plays. The Falcons didn’t do a great job getting pressure on Brees, but there were a few plays were they were able to pressure him, but because he’s Drew Brees, he was able to complete passes due to his incredible accuracy and decision making.

The defense looked completely sapped on that final that ultimately proved to be game-winning drive by the Saints. The Saints had little issue marching 80 yards down the field for the score. Up to that point, the defense was able to go toe to toe with the Saints offense. Up to that point, the Falcons defense had shut out the Saints offense on four straight second half possessions after allowing 28 points in the first half.

PLAYER
DEF
SPEC
PEN
TOTAL
Jonathan Babineaux$5$0-$1$4.00
Kroy Biermann$4$0$0$4.00
Curtis Lofton$3$0$0$3.00
Coy Wire$2$1$0$3.00
Michael Koenen$0$3$0$3.00
Brent Grimes$2$0$0$2.00
Stephen Nicholas$1$0$0$1.00
Erik Coleman$1$0$0$1.00
Chauncey Davis$1$0$0$1.00
Vance Walker$1$0$0$1.00
Jason Elam$0$0$0$0.00
Mike Peterson$0$0-$1-$1.00
Jamaal Anderson-$1$0$0-$1.00
John Abraham-$1$0$0-$1.00
Chris Houston-$1$0-$1-$2.00
Chevis Jackson-$2$0$0-$2.00
Tye Hill-$3$0$0-$3.00

Dropped Passes (3): Jenkins (2), Gonzalez
Sacks Allowed (2): Ryan
Poor Throws (11): Ryan
QB Pressures Allowed (5): Baker (3), Dahl, Clabo
Missed Blocks (1): Dahl
QB Pressures (4): Babineaux (2), Abraham, Davis
Missed Tackles (2): Jackson, Abraham

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Schillinger signs

June 10th, 2010 Comments off

The Falcons signed safety Shann Schillinger to a four-year deal according to the AJC. He is the second draft pick to sign a contract, as defensive tackle Corey Peters signed a deal on Tuesday.

Schillinger was the Falcons last pick in the sixth round of the draft.

The team also announced that it released undrafted rookie quarterback Eric Ward.

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Falcons sign third rounder Peters

June 8th, 2010 Comments off
Corey Peters

DT Corey Peters

The Falcons announced the signing of third round pick Corey Peters. Per a National Football Post report, Peters agreed to a four-year deal worth $2.557 million, including a $767,000 signing bonus.

Peters was the second of seven draft picks taken by the Falcons this past April, and is the first to sign a contract.

According to NFP, his base salaries are: $320,000 (2010); $405,000 (2011); $490,000 (2012); and $575,000 (2013). He has an escalator clause in the fourth year of the contract that could make it worth up to $3.295 million.

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