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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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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]

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]