2013 Key Player: Asante Samuel
Jun30

2013 Key Player: Asante Samuel

I’ve already outlined a few players that could be key players this year including Julio Jones and Steven Jackson on offense. But it’s time to look at one of the players in a key position to perform on defense: cornerback Asante Samuel. One could make the argument that Samuel was the team’s most valuable player on defense last year. His candidacy is buoyed by the number of game-changing plays he had last year. His...

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2013 Key Player: Akeem Dent
Jun28

2013 Key Player: Akeem Dent

Last season linebacker Akeem Dent got the opportunity to replace long-time starting middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. He didn’t exactly run away with that opportunity. Dent was the focus of many of my game reviews, noting several times how much he was struggling to impact against the run in 2012. That is going to have to change in 2013. This upcoming season is going to be an important career marker for Dent. It’s likely...

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2013 Outlook: Chase Coffman
Jun28

2013 Outlook: Chase Coffman

Chase Coffman is in an interesting position heading into training camp. He has a chance to carve out a significant role on offense if he continues to have a good summer. He’s already gotten extensive reps with the first team during OTAs and minicamps due to the absences of Tony Gonzalez and Levine Toilolo, and taken advantage of it according to head coach Mike Smith. That should benefit him this summer as he seeks to carve out a...

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2013 Key Player: Julio Jones
Jun27

2013 Key Player: Julio Jones

For the Falcons offense to take the next step offensively, they may need wide receiver Julio Jones to take his game to new heights. Jones marveled folks, including myself, in the NFC Championship game, catching 11 passes for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns. All the while playing hurt, as Jones suffered some sort of injury during the second series when he took out a security guard along the sideline. But he didn’t miss a snap,...

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Could Eric Winston Help Falcons?
Jun27

Could Eric Winston Help Falcons?

It’s a question that has been raised by AJC columnist Jeff Schultz in his musing about which available free agents could come in and help the Falcons. The simple answer is yes, offensive tackle Eric Winston can help the Falcons. He is one of the premier right tackles in the league, but for whatever reason hasn’t been able to stick in his last two stops in Kansas City and Houston despite solid production. Winston is...

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Takeaways from Last Week – June 24
Jun24

Takeaways from Last Week – June 24

Of course the biggest story in the NFL last week was the news surrounding New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, and his potential involvement in the homicide of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was found dead last Monday afternoon after confirmation that he was with Hernandez the preceding evening. As of Sunday night, a warrant had been issued for Hernandez on obstruction of justice charges, stemming from reports that he destroyed his cell...

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Who says the Falcons lack killer instinct?

I recently discovered the awesomeness that comes with sharing tables imported from Pro Football Reference.com. So every now and then if I stumble across a pretty cool or interesting stat involving the Falcons, I now have an easy way of sharing it with the world. For this one, I first came across this a few months ago following the loss to the 49ers where many accusations were floating around about the Falcons lacking a “killer...

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Scouting Report: Osi Umenyiora
Jun19

Scouting Report: Osi Umenyiora

Last week, I broke down Falcons free agent pickup in running back Steven Jackson. This week it’s time to look at the team’s other big off-season addition in defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora has big shoes to fill, because most are expecting him to take the mantle from John Abraham as the team’s top and most feared pass rusher. Abraham gave the Falcons six and a half excellent seasons, logging 68.5 sacks, which...

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Falcons pick up tight end Cloherty

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the Falcons signing of tight end Colin Cloherty to a two-year contract. Cloherty has played 8 games over the past four seasons since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Brown University. For his career, he has caught 5 passes for 59 yards. He originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, playing in their season finale and catching a single pass for 2 yards. In 2010,...

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Takeaways from Last Week – June 17
Jun17

Takeaways from Last Week – June 17

This past week, I posted a scouting report and a breakdown of why Falcons new running back Steven Jackson will be a key player for the team this season. I think this week I’ll do the same for the team’s other big free agent acquisition: defensive end Osi Umenyiora. But in watching more tape of Osi’s 2012 season with the New York Giants, I keep coming away confused. Not because Osi isn’t a good player, since he...

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