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Falcons’ official depth chart released for Saints game

  • 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.

OFFENSE

WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock 62 James Stone

C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz

RG 75 Jon Asamoah 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 76 Lamar Holmes 68 Gabe Carimi

TE 80 Levine Toilolo 86 Bear Pascoe

WR 11 Julio Jones 17 Devin Hester 15 Courtney Roby

QB 2 Matt Ryan 13 TJ Yates

12 Sean Renfree

RB 39 Steven Jackson 32 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone [More]

VIDEO: D. Led’s Preview of Saints (0-0) at Falcons (0-0)

  • 12:41 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Is the Falcons’ offensive line ready to protect Matt Ryan against the Saints? CineSport’s Brian Clark turns to the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter for a preview of Sunday’s season opener.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons rest key starters in exhibition finale

Roster spots were up for grabs against Jacksonville

SNEAK PREVIEW: Falcons final Hard Knocks episode tonight

  • 12:07 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The fifth and final installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set for 10 p.m. tonight.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan holds a meeting that Roddy White is three minutes late to and then yawns when quizzed about his assignment.

Also featured in the episode is the exhibition season coming to a close and the coaches evaluation of player performances before the cut down to the 53-man roster.

FINAL EXHIBITION GAME: Falcons 24, Jaguars 14

Yates leads Falcons to victory over Jaguars

PHOTO GALLERY from the win over Jacksonville

Falcons convert in short yardage situation

Falcons [More]

LB Nate Stupar claimed, Tim Dobbins released as practice squad takes shape

  • 1:39 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – As expected, the Falcons have already started tinkering with their 53-man roster.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have the sixth position on the waiver wire and they opened a spot on the roster by releasing linebacker Tim Dobbins today, according to his agent David Cantor.

The Falcons claimed linebacker Nate Stupar, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder. He was drafted by the Raiders in the seventh-round (230th overall) of the 2012 draft. He’s spent time with the Raiders, Eagles, 49ers and Jacksonville.

He has played mostly on special teams in 12 NFL games.

Stupar, who played at Penn State, is the nephew [More]

Here’s a peek at the Falcons (initial) 53-man roster

  • 4:17 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s a look at the Falcons initial 53-man roster.

They have 25 on offense, 25 on defense and three specialists.

They will monitor the waiver wire in order fill out there 10-man practice squad and possibly do some juggling to the back end of the roster.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have the sixth position on the waiver wire.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman and Patrick DiMarco.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Devin Hester, Courtney Roby and Eric Weems

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Levine Toilolo, Bear Pascoe.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

Jake Matthews, Justin [More]

UPDATED — Falcons cut 10 to make it down to 53 players

  • 3:16 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

UDPATED — The Falcons released cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Jacques Smith. The club has also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.

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The Falcons have started making their cut down to 53 players today.

Linebacker Jacques Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and tight end Mickey Shuler have been confirmed as being released by their representatives.

Cornerback Ricardo Allen confirmed on twitter that he was cut.

There are un-sourced reports that wide receiver Bernard Reedy, wide [More]

UPDATED: Falcons making cuts — Angerer, Hagens and Smallwood released

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Linebacker Pat Angerer’s once-promising NFL career could be over after he was released by the Falcons on Friday.

He was in the first round of cuts made by the team, which also released linebacker Yawin Smallwood and fullback Maurice Hagens.

The Falcons were at 75 players after completed the exhibition season with a 2-2 record and have to reach the league-mandated 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Angerer, 27, was trying to make a comeback after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in December. The Colts selected Angerer in the second round of the [More]

Project the Falcons’ final 53-man roster

  • 10:00 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

JACKSONVILLE — Put on your GM hats!!!

It’s time to project the final 53-man roster. The Falcons have until 4 p.m. on Saturday, but I suspect they’ll get this out of the way today.

By getting the cuts done early, the Falcons will have more time to watch the waiver wire and look for some linemen, possibly a fullback or a linebacker.

We’ve done most of the heavy lifting for you. There are  “40 roster locks” listed below.

Here are the pressing concerns as you play Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Lionel Vital.

–Will the Falcons keep three quarterbacks?

–Will there be any major veteran cuts?

–Will [More]

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