Starting guard spot is Konz’s for the taking
Jul31

Starting guard spot is Konz’s for the taking

While Mike Smith seemed glowing of Garrett Reynolds, the writing is on the wall for Peter Konz to assume the starting right guard position. It’s interesting to see how Smith talks about Reynolds as opposed to Sam Baker. Smith has gone out of his way over the past few months to praise Baker and talk about how confident the team is in him. The writing suggests that as long as Baker stays healthy, the left tackle position belongs...

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Falcons dump Manuwai

The team announced earlier today that they have cut guard Vince Manuwai. Manuwai joins Lofa Tatupu as the team’s lone two free agent signings this off-season, and now both players have been released within the opening week of training camp. Manuwai was expected to compete with Peter Konz and Garrett Reynolds for the right guard position. Manuwai sat out last season after spending eight seasons with the Jacksonville...

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Peters to go on NFI list; Falcons add two bodies

Adam Caplan of the Sideline View reports that Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters will go on the team’s active/Non-Football Injury list. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC, Peters is set to miss at least 3 weeks with a foot injury that sidelined him throughout the off-season. Once Peters is cleared to practice, he will come off the list. In other roster moves, the team will add wide receiver Tim Toone and defensive tackle...

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Falcons to cut ties with Tatupu

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons are set to release linebacker Lofa Tatupu today with an injury settlement. The team announced yesterday that Tatupu would miss the entire season with a torn pectoral injury. Players reported today for the Falcons training camp. Practices begin tomorrow, and with the impending release of Tatupu the Falcons will have an available roster position to fill. By cutting Tatupu, the...

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Tatupu out for year

The Falcons announced today that linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who suffered an injury last week is out for the 2012 season due to a torn pectoral muscle. Tatupu was injured while benching, and saw specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Tatupu will undergo season-ending surgery at some point in the future. The Falcons will have the option of placing him on the injured reserve and free up an additional roster spot for training camp which...

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Falcons re-sign Peterson
Jul23

Falcons re-sign Peterson

The Falcons announced the re-signing of linebacker Mike Peterson today. The team was looking for linebacker depth after injuries to Lofa Tatupu and Matt Hansen. Peterson first joined the Falcons in 2009, and played three seasons for the team. He was a free agent after last year where he served primarily as a reserve. In 15 games, including 4 starts, he recorded 22 tackles and 1 interception. With the Falcons, Peterson played primarily...

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Tatupu suffers pectoral injury

Jeff Schultz of the AJC reports that linebacker Lofa Tatupu has suffered a pectoral injury while lifting weights on Thursday. The extent of the injury is not known, but it is expected that he’ll at least miss the opening of training camp next week per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC. Ledbetter terms the injury “serious.” Per Ledbetter, a grade one strain requires a few days of recovery. A grade two strain could put a...

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Camp Battles 2012: Around the League

The interesting thing about training camp competitions is that they are very fluid. A player can get hurt, and thus give an opportunity for another player to nail down a job. Sometimes players are given opportunities, but don’t take advantage of those opportunities. It often means teams have to look outside their 90-man roster to address these concerns. Injuries are impossible to predict, but are certain to occur. So with that...

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Camp Battles 2012: Special Teams

The Falcons will have arguably the most amount of competition for roles on special teams in seemingly a long while this summer. The team is two-deep at all three specialist spots, and both return spots are completely open to competition. It is likely that the incumbents at all three specialist spots will retain their jobs with Matt Bryant at kicker, Matt Bosher at punter, and Joe Zelenka at long snapper. All three players have given...

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Hansen waived, headed to NFI list

The Falcons announced late Friday night that they had waived/injured linebacker Matt Hansen. If Hansen clears waivers then he will wind up on the team’s non-football injury list. Hansen suffered a knee injury last month, rupturing his patellar tendon which is expected to sideline him for four to six months to recover. As such, it was likely that Hansen would most if not all of the 2012 NFL season. Hansen was an undrafted free...

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