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Stone to start at center vs. Lions

  • 7:12 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Rookie James Stone will start for Falcons at center. (Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images)

LONDON — Undrafted rookie James Stone will start at center for the Falcons against the Lions on Sunday, according to coach Mike Smith

During the Falcons’ open portion of practice, offensive lineman Harland Gunn was working on his snaps at center with starting quarterback Matt Ryan at the Arsenal Football Club training ground on Wednesday.

Gunn was inactive last week against Baltimore.

With Peter Konz (knee) on injured reserve, Stone finished the Baltimore game, playing 56 of the 66 offensive snaps.

“I think James is a very good young football player that understands the game,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He impressed us [More]

COVER 9@9: Falcons must take Edwards’ advice: ‘Play to win the game’

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons from the Hometown Huddle to who blew that coverage against the Bears. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. THE 2002 NEW YORK JETS: The Falcons have to channel the spirit of the 2002 New York Jets in order to save their season.

This was the season that coach Herman Edwards gave his famous “You play to win the game” speech [More]

Playtime chart: Roddy White caught franchise-record 58th TD pass

  • 10:13 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White broke Terance Mathis’ (57) franchise-record for career touchdown receptions with a four-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to avert the shut out in the 29-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

White has caught 58 career touchdowns since being drafted by Atlanta in 2005. He also owns franchise records for receptions (713), receiving yards (9,789), 100-yard receiving games (38), and 10-catch games (11).

Center James Stone played 56 of the 66 offensive snaps (85 percent) after Peter Konz went down with a serious knee injury.

Percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams

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REPORT CARD: Falcons are regressing as season moves along

  • 6:00 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – As the season nears the halfway point, the Falcons are regressing.

The offense has scored 28, 20, 13 and 7 points over their four-game losing streak to Vikings, Giants, Bears and Ravens. They can’t stop the run and continue to make penalties.

As the injuries have started to mount, the offensive line is ineffective again. And we all know they if they can’t protect Matt Ryan, then the Falcons are doomed.

Here are the Falcons’ grades for the 29-7 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens.

GAME BALLS: Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi and center James Stone. Massaquoi had two quarterback hits, six tackles and [More]

VIDEO: Falcons season is slipping away

  • 5:58 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CineSport’s Brian Clark and the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter recap the Falcons’ 29-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday and discuss the team’s growing offensive line problems.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

GAME STORY: Relentless Ravens dismantle Ryan, Falcons 29-7

Falcons’ quoteboard after loss to the Ravens

Ryan senses the season is slipping away

Peter Konz carted off with serious knee injury

Offensive line crumbling just like in 2013

Falcons inactives

  • 11:41 am Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

BALTIMORE – The Falcons inactives: quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, linebacker Tyler Starr, tackle Cam Bradfield, and guard Harland Gunn and wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive tackle Cliff Matthews.

Watch: Falcons WR Julio Jones on drops: ‘I’m supposed to catch everything’

  • 12:26 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

FLOWERY BRANCH–Julio Jones talks about his dropped passes against the Bears and how teams have made adjustments to defend him.

COVER 9@9: Secondary to have hands full with Steve Smith, Torrey Smith

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Brian Clark discuss the causes of the Falcons’ three-game losing streak, and whether Atlanta can end the skid in Baltimore.

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons from the Hometown Huddle to who blew that coverage against the Bears. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)

1. STOPPING THE SMITHS: The Falcons young secondary, which had a tough time with Chicago’s Brandon [More]

FILM REVIEW: Blown coverage on the 74-yard bomb

  • 3:23 pm Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – After Falcons coach Mike Smith ripped the media for not knowing the coverage call on the 74-yard pass play, we decided to take a closer look at the play.

“Miscommunication, a mental error, missed leverage or missed tackle lead to explosive plays,” Smith said. “There is a design to every defensive call. Everybody has to be seeing it the same way.

“We were not as nearly as clean as we needed to be. I don’t want to talk about specific plays, nor will I talk about specific players. What you see on tape, unless you know what the play [More]

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