Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/10
Jun10

Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/10

Recapping news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of June 5… Falcons ahead on technology curve Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that the Falcons are among a few teams that are now using iPads instead of conventional means of paper. He mentions Falcons head coach Mike Smith was seen using an iPad during the team’s pre-draft interviews that including a checklist of questions for each paper....

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How much is in Turner’s tank?
Jun09

How much is in Turner’s tank?

Down the road the Falcons may potentially be turning into a pass-centric vertical offense, but at least for the time being that is not likely to be the case. In 2011, they will likely heavily lean on running back Michael Turner as they have done the past three seasons. But Turner is now age 29 and is coming off another season where he took a lot of abuse with 334 carries. One wonders how much is left in the tank. When the Falcons...

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Baker at a Crossroads
Jun08

Baker at a Crossroads

Sam Baker has had an up and down career thus far with the Falcons. During the early part of the 2009 season, Baker was very good. Then he hurt his ankle halfway through that season and essentially was questionable on the team’s injury report the remainder of the year, and had his share of struggles. With a healthy campaign in 2010, he should have bounced back and put together a strong effort. That was not the case. Baker is in a...

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Lofton has to Rise Up
Jun07

Lofton has to Rise Up

There are two things that cannot be questioned about Curtis Lofton: first his toughness and secondly, his leadership. These are two areas where Lofton excels in. He’s a punishing, hard-hitting middle linebacker that likes to mix it up on defense. He’s taken on more of the leadership mantle during the lockout, acting as the “quarterback” of the defense during player-organized workouts according to several...

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Will the real Chris Owens stand up?
Jun06

Will the real Chris Owens stand up?

A little more than ten months ago, a lot of expectations were heaped onto cornerback Chris Owens. And Owens failed to live up to those expectations in 2010. Last summer, Owens was expected to compete for a starting job, but Brent Grimes did not relent and did not look back. While Owens struggled, Grimes flourished as a starter and made his first Pro Bowl. Owens began the season as the team’s nickel back and slot corner, but he...

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Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/3
Jun03

Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/3

Recapping the headlines and news involving the Falcons from the week of May 29… Georgia Dome expected to be in red without NFL season The Georgia World Congress Center approved two budgets this week, based around whether the Falcons play this season or do not. If the Falcons do not play, then the Georgia Dome is expected to lose $1.5 million for the 2012 fiscal year, which ends next June. With an NFL season this year, then the...

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Jones should be destined for the slot
Jun02

Jones should be destined for the slot

Traditionally, we tend to think of slot receivers as smaller, quicker guys like Wes Welker or Jordan Shipley. But when the Falcons drafted Julio Jones with their top pick, they got a player that could buck that trend. Not always do teams employ smaller receivers in the slot, as some teams like to make use of guys with more size and physicality to present matchup problems with corners there. Two good examples of this are Anquan Boldin...

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Hawley could get his chance in 2012
Jun01

Hawley could get his chance in 2012

Todd McClure hasn’t just been a Falcon, but he’s been an institution. He’s started 169 games during ten and a half seasons as the Falcons starting center. Backups have come and gone during his career, unable to nudge him out of his role. Whispers of retirement have surrounded McClure for a few seasons now, but he has indicated that he does not plan on slowing down anytime soon. He’ll be 35 years old when his...

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