Moneyball Update – Week 15

This truly was a defensive battle. Both offenses struggled throughout the game, although I do think the Jets struggles were mainly because of the inexperience of their quarterback, while the Falcons struggles were because the Jets defense is really, really good. Not a great game in terms of earning cash for Moneyball offensively. The running game picked up as the game wore on, and Jason Snelling made a very good 20-yard run on the...

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Moneyball Update – Week 14

This was another hard game to watch, because the Falcons had opportunities to win this game, but just didn’t make those plays when they needed to. A poor throw here, blown coverage there, dropped pass here, questionable play call there and this game could have been won. Chris Redman had a solid game and continued to show that the key difference between the offense under Redman vs. the offense under Ryan is that Redman is much...

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Camp Battles ’10: Safety

The safety position may feature one of the few legitimate competitions for a starting position. The battle may come between incumbent strong safety Erik Coleman and second-year player William Moore. It was obvious last season that when the Falcons took Moore in the second round of the draft, they envisioned him as a starter. But an injury early in camp derailed his chances of winning that job. And the Falcons plugged in Thomas DeCoud...

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Camp Battles ’10: Cornerback
Jul24

Camp Battles ’10: Cornerback

The cornerback position may face the most competition of any unit on the roster from top to bottom. Essentially the only player that is assured a roster spot is free agent pickup Dunta Robinson. Robinson was the Falcons most major addition to the roster this off-season. Solid preseason play from this position has been a rarity since Mike Smith took over, and the Falcons hope Robinson can help reverse that. The other starting position...

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Camp Battles ’10: Linebacker
Jul23

Camp Battles ’10: Linebacker

The brunt of the camp conflict at this position will come from Falcons top pick Sean Weatherspoon. The Falcons drafted Weatherspoon to be an upgrade in speed and coverage abilities on defense. Thus far, they have cross-trained him at both outside spots, but it remains to be seen which position he will primarily play at this summer. It would seem that strongside linebacker Stephen Nicholas is the likeliest of the starting trio to lose...

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Camp Battles ’10: Defensive Line

The defensive line is arguably one of the deepest positions on the team’s roster in terms of experience. Largely due to the fact that the team employs a heavy rotation on most Sundays last season. The return of Peria Jerry could cause a minor shakeup here. His injury last season caused the team to start using Jamaal Anderson more as an interior player. But if he has a healthy return, then Anderson’s versatility is less...

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Camp Battles ’10: Offensive Line

The offensive line may be the only area of the team’s offense that might see a change in the starting lineup this season. That would likely come at guard, as third round pick Mike Johnson pushes for playing time. More than likely, Justin Blalock will be looking over his shoulder more than Harvey Dahl, since Johnson should have an easier transition to the pros playing on the left side rather than the right. But more than likely,...

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Camp Battles ’10: Tight End

There isn’t going to be a lot of competition for the top two spots as Tony Gonzalez and Justin Peelle are locked in there. The main thrust of camp competition will be for the third and likely final tight end spot. Keith Zinger will try to hold off undrafted rookies Colin Peek and Michael Palmer. Zinger played well last season as the third tight end in the team’s power and jumbo sets. His blocking potential is an asset, but...

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Babineaux pleads no contest
Jul20

Babineaux pleads no contest

Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession on Monday. He was sentenced to a year of probation and a $1500 fine. Babineaux had a felony marijuana possession stemming from a December arrest reduced to three misdemeanor counts. The other two counts will be suspended if he completes the year-long probation. Marvez reports that...

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Camp Battles ’10: Wide Receiver
Jul19

Camp Battles ’10: Wide Receiver

We should expect to see some heavy competition on the backend of the wide receiver position this summer. Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Harry Douglas would appear to be locks to make the final roster. The Falcons will likely keep at least five wideouts, so that means that the remaining eight receivers may only be competing for two spots. The three most likely to land those spots are Brian Finneran, Eric Weems, and Kerry Meier....

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