Falcons add TE Agnone

The Falcons announced their first roster move since the start of training camp with the signing of tight end Robbie Agnone and the release of defensive back Gabe Derricks. Agnone was cut by the New England Patriots in May after spending most of the 2009 season on their practice squad. He was an undrafted rookie free agent originally signed by the Washington Redskins before the ’09 season. He spent two years at Delaware after...

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Chris Owens: Why He’ll Start in 2010
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Chris Owens: Why He’ll Start in 2010

First off, let me point out ATLJBO’s excellent highlight video of Chris Owens on YouTube. Because this was what first put the nugget in my head that Owens would win the competition this year at cornerback. What probably stands out to you as you finish the clip, is how good Owens was against the run last year. He made several big hits and good tackles there. I also noticed this in the final weeks of the season when I was recently...

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Falcons agree to five-year deal with Witherspoon

Originally reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the team later confirms that an agreement has been reached on a five-year deal with top pick linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon marked the last of the teams’ seven draft picks to sign. His signing a deal means that he will not be considered a holdout when the Falcons open training camp practices tomorrow morning. UPDATE: Adam Schefter of ESPN tweets that...

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Moneyball – Final Tally

Okay, so my natural proclivity to procrastinate during the season meant that you had to wait six extra months for this little experiment to be over. And I think I’m going to do it again this year with some possible tweaking and less procrastination. The whole point behind this thing was initially to show which players are the ones that are making plays. And I think it does a fairly good job illustrating that even with its...

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Moneyball Update – Week 17

Okay, it’s finally done. The Falcons offense really struggled early on in this game. Mularkey tried the no huddle in the second quarter to jump start it. It was better, but the Falcons didn’t get on the board until midway through the quarter on a Bryant field goal, on a drive that was kicked off by a pick thrown by Ryan that didn’t count because of a ticky-tack defensive holding call on Ronde Barber. Overall, Ryan...

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Progress made on Weatherspoon deal

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that progress has been made in the negotiations between the Falcons and top draft pick Sean Weatherspoon. Per Ledbetter, it’s possible that with a “push” tomorrow morning, Weatherspoon could be signed in time to report on time with the rest of the team for  team meetings on Thursday evening. However, the Falcons don’t hold their first practice until Friday morning at 8:30...

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Three are medically cleared to practice

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Falcons head coach Mike Smith indicated that three players returning from season-ending knee injuries in 2009, are all medically cleared to practice once the Falcons begin training camp practices on Friday, July 30. Those three players are Harry Douglas, Peria Jerry, and Brian Williams. According to Smith, all three will be brought along slowly and be limited to one practice a day. The...

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Camp Battles ’10: Final Roster Prediction

Here are my pre-camp predictions of what the final 53 man roster will look like based on the outcomes of many of these camp battles. Quarterback Starter: Matt Ryan Backups: Chris Redman, John Parker Wilson I don’t expect the Falcons to keep only two quarterbacks just because I expect Wilson to show enough this summer to merit the Falcons wanting to develop him long-term as the No. 2 to Matt Ryan. Running Back Starters: Michael...

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Moneyball Update – Week 16

The Falcons dominated this game from start to finish, but probably weren’t as efficient offensively as they could have been in the first half. Matt Ryan had a nice game. The running backs were solid with Norwood and Snelling both making plays. Marty Booker had a big game as the Bills nickel corners couldn’t really cover him. Roddy White had a big game as well. Michael Jenkins didn’t really need to do much, and Tony...

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Camp Battles ’10: Special Teams

The Falcons will have an open competition at the kicker position. Matt Bryant is expected to be the frontrunner, but he will be pushed by Steven Hauschka. Bryant has the experience which likely gives him the edge since the Falcons would like to avoid any inconsistency at the position. But Hauschka has the bigger leg and longer range. The problem is that he has not been particularly effective in clutch kicking situations and showed a...

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