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FalcFans Weekly – April 27, 2014

April 27th, 2014

Much of the news surrounding the Atlanta Falcons this week centered on rumors about whether the team would trade up for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Reports swarmed that the Falcons could swap picks with the Houston Texans, who hold the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 draft.

On Friday, Clowney worked out for the team in what wasn’t quite a normal workout, rather a biomechanical “force plate” test. Pro Football Talk has the scoop on what exactly went down. It appears that the test used on Clowney is far from a new development with the Falcons.

Vaughn McClure of ESPN indicates that the Falcons won’t make the trade up. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC is also suggesting that a trade up isn’t smart on the Falcons behalf as it may be a smokescreen.

In a related article, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson writes about the economics of trading up for the No. 1 pick.

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The 2014 regular season schedule was also announced this week, and the Falcons are set to open up the season at home against their biggest rival, the New Orleans Saints. The war of words has already begun as Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan had some choice words for the Falcons offensive line.

When it comes to the Falcons-Saints matchup on September 7, in the immortal worlds of Bart Scott, “Can’t wait!

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Podcast co-host Allen Strk analyzes the schedule for Pro Football Spot.

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The Falcons offseason program began this week. Mike Smith, Matt Ryan, Sean Weatherspoon and William Moore all spoke to the media on Tuesday and Wednesday and the official site provides the video.

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Friend of the podcast, Matt Chambers writes that the Falcons should target San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James via trade.

I have to say that while James is an intriguing option, it does make me wonder why the 49ers have soured so quickly on him. It wasn’t that long ago that he was pounding the ball down the Falcons collective throats in the NFC Championship Game. Still too soon?

Also James fills a similar role as Jacquizz Rodgers. James is certainly a more explosive runner than Rodgers, but his addition along with the presence of Antone Smith would give the Falcons three undersized tailbacks that are best served as third-down backs than full-time rushers.

It would be a welcome boost to the Falcons depth, but even a back as talented as James is probably only going to be a backup in Atlanta.

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NFL.com goes inside the Falcons war room, examining which positions and prospects they could target in the first three rounds.

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If you show up to training camp this summer and get confused by some of the jerseys you see, it can be explained with a number of Falcons swapping numbers.

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Sam Baker’s back is against the wall and he is playing for his job in 2014.

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