Falcons Weekly Round-Up 5/27
May27

Falcons Weekly Round-Up 5/27

Recapping some of the headlines and news involving the Falcons from the week of May 22… Jones returns to practice field Falcons top wide receiver Julio Jones joined his teammates in player-organized workouts on Tuesday. Jones has been cleared by doctors to resume activities, although he is not quite running full speed. Jones had surgery to repair the broken foot following his impressive Combine performance in February. Initial...

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Jackson and Matthews face tough hurdles to make team
May26

Jackson and Matthews face tough hurdles to make team

The Falcons used their final two picks of the 2011 draft on a pair of linemen. They took Fresno State guard Andrew Jackson with the initial pick and then closed out their draft class by taking South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews. Both players have the potential to add capable depth to the roster and have talent that could be worth developing down the road, but could find it tough to get over the initial hurdle of just making...

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This year critical for Meier’s NFL future
May25

This year critical for Meier’s NFL future

When Harry Douglas tore his ACL on the fifth day of 2009’s training camp, it was not a career-defining injury. Meaning that it would probably not mean the difference between Douglas making a living catching footballs or bagging groceries. Douglas, as a third round pick the year before, was coming off a solid rookie year in which he had worked his way up the depth chart from fourth to third option and made an impact in the latter...

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Lockout might hurt and help Wilson
May24

Lockout might hurt and help Wilson

John Parker Wilson’s name has pinged the radar of Falcons fans twice this off-season. The first was when he became the face of Verizon Wireless’ “Know it Forward” anti-sexual assault campaign. The second was when his name was mentioned in articles discussing the team’s player-organized workouts due to his ability to help his ex-Crimson Tide teammate Julio Jones get acclimated to the Falcons offense....

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One Reason Why the Falcons Should Pass on Asomugha
May24

One Reason Why the Falcons Should Pass on Asomugha

That one reason is none other than Brent Grimes. Or probably more accurately, money. As I mentioned back in a topic I broached all the way back in February (I know seems like eons ago), Brent Grimes is ripe for a big contract extension. In that article, I discussed potential parameters of what the deal might be. If you haven’t read it or don’t recall, I’ll briefly summarize. Basically Grimes play has been solid...

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Schillinger could follow in DeCoud’s footsteps
May23

Schillinger could follow in DeCoud’s footsteps

Shann Schillinger was the Falcon’s final choice in their 2010 draft class, taken in the sixth round out of Montana. Schillinger wound up playing in fifteen games this year, missing the season finale after breaking his ankle in the Falcons Monday Night loss against the Saints in Week 16. For the year, Schillinger took a grand total of 3 snaps on regular defense, which came in the garbage minutes in a blowout win over the Arizona...

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Bosher’s Impact in Atlanta
May22

Bosher’s Impact in Atlanta

The Falcons special teams was a major strength throughout most of last season. Kicker Matt Bryant was a pleasant surprise with his clutch shots throughout theyear, hitting three game-winners and going a perfect 13 of 13 at home for the Falcons. Return specialist Eric Weems went to the Pro Bowl, thanks in large part to a pair of touchdowns each on a punt and kickoff, ranking in the Top 5 in both categories in average yards per return...

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What Did the Falcons See in Akeem Dent?
May17

What Did the Falcons See in Akeem Dent?

While much of the post-draft debate has centered on whether the Julio Jones trade-up was a good move or not, the biggest question mark of the Falcons 2011 draft class is arguably the next player they took off the board: Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent. There is very little question of Jones’ skills. The only question there is whether the Falcons gave up too much to acquire those skills and only time will tell. But one wonders...

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Post-Draft Roster Analysis Part 2 – The Defense and Special Teams

Having reviewed the offensive side of the ball, this blog will look at the defense and special teams. Defensive Ends:  John Abraham, Kroy Biermann, Jamaal Anderson, Chauncey Davis, Lawrence Sidbury, Emmanuel Stephens and Cliff Matthews Lots of if’s among this group.  Abraham is getting older and enters the last year of his contract.  Biermann shows potential and needs to take the next step in his development to solidify his spot. ...

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Post-draft Roster Analysis–The Offense

The 2011 Draft is in the books and it’s time to take a look at the roster and get primed for free agency and the future. Quarterbacks:  Matt Ryan, Chris Redman, J.P. Wilson I was actually a little surprised that we didn’t add a QB in the late rounds but the QB talent in the draft was very thin and overrated in my opinion.  With Ryan, the Falcons obviously have their starter in place and have no pressing need at the position.  While...

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