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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

Blank frustrated with 2-5 start, optimistic about a turnaround

  • 1:56 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted to being frustrated with the 2-5 start, but remained optimistic that the team could forge a turnaround on the eve the franchise’s first-ever regular-season game played outside of the United States.

“I think the coaches and players all know that they have a greater capacity than a 2-5 record,” Blank told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. “That’s a source of frustration for all of us. We have all of the tools that we need to win tomorrow and put together a winning streak after that.”

The Falcons will host the Detroit Lions (5-2) as the [More]

Q&A: Roddy White believes Stone is ready to play

  • 11:28 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White spoke to the media after practice on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say (edited for clarity):

Q: Who won penalty shootout?

A: Kenny, our goalie, did a heckuva job. I think they scored one out of 5, So that’s a pretty good stop ratio, That sounded pretty good to me.

Q: How will the offense perform behind the revamped offensive line?

A: We just got to get the ball out a little quicker because of our offensive line situation. We have to  find a way to do 7 and 8-man protections and push the ball down the [More]

INJURY REPORT: Douglas, Babineaux questionable

  • 11:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON — Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (foot) were listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report of Friday.

Douglas practice for the past two days. He was returning punts with Devin Hester and Robert McClain during the open portion of practice.

Babineaux did not practice and is not expected to play.

Left guard Justin Blalock (back), wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) were all limited in practice and listed as probable for the game.

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

Falcons’ quoteboard after [More]

Q&A: Mike Smith upbeat before facing Lions

  • 10:52 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

LONDON – Falcons coach Mike Smith held his final press conference before the game on Friday.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Are you please with how the practice week went over here in London?

A: I think we’ve got a lot accomplished in terms of our game planning. We now have to go out and execute on the field. I think it was a really good week of preparation. We have to finish it up tomorrow.

Q: What was the key to getting James Stone ready to make his first NFL start?

A: James is a guy that works extremely hard. The older [More]

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

Stone, 6-foot-3, 291 pounds, will become the third starting center this season. He follows Joe Hawley and Peter Konz, who both suffered season-ending knee injuries.

Hawley was injured against Minnesota on Sept. 28.Konz was injured in last week’s lost to the Baltimore Ravens and was placed on injured reserve.

Stone played 45 games at Tennessee and started 39 times. He was named to the Dave Rimington watch list last season.

For the second consecutive season, the Falcons have been ravaged by [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.

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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