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5 things to know about the Falcons’ 2014 schedule

  • 8:01 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The NFL released the Falcons’ 2014 schedule on Wednesday.

Here’s our quickie analysis. Check back later for more in depth coverage of the schedule.

1. Falcons open against Saints in rematch of Vaccaro-Gate game.

2. Only two nationally televised games. (Thurs vs. Tampa Bay and MNF at Packers)

3. Falcons play outdoors in Minnesota in September.

4. Bye Week is exactly at the halfway point.

5. Last quarter of the season is pretty rugged with games against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Carolina.

EXHIBITION SEASON

7 p.m., Aug. 8, Friday — vs. Miami

8 p.m., Aug. 16, Saturday — at Houston

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Where’s the Falcons’ schedule release party tonight?

  • 2:55 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons are set to receive their schedule from the league office at 8 p.m. tonight.

We’ll have the digital release party right here, so check back shortly after 8 p.m.

The league previously announced that the home game against Detroit will be played at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

I think Falcons coach Mike Smith ordered up an “all-nighter” for those not making the trip across the pond.

“I believe (playing early) is a new thing for the NFL,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Breakfast with the Falcons. Everybody gets an opportunity eat breakfast. If [More]

Video: Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon only ’80 percent’ four months after knee injury

  • 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Watch the video to hear Sean Weatherspoon’s update on his health, his thoughts on coach Mike Smith’s emphasis on toughness, his impression of potential draft picks and which Falcons player he thinks is due for a big season.

FLOWERY BRANCH –Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon met with reporters today at the team facility and said he still hasn’t been cleared for team workouts more than four months after suffering a knee injury.

“I have been working nonstop with the training staff about four or five days a week doing whatever I can do to get my body feeling good so I can get [More]

Panthers sign Falcons castoff Thomas DeCoud

  • 10:59 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Carolina signed former Falcons safety
Thomas DeCoud, the team announced on Thursday.

In 2012 DeCoud, 29, led Atlanta with six interceptions and ranked second in the league among safeties in that category. He was an alternate and played in the Pro Bowl.

He was not able to carry that level of performance into the 2013 season.

Last season, DeCoud dropped from being rated as the 64th safety in the league to the 83rd rated safety, by profootballfocus.com. His overall play against the run and in coverage dipped dramatically.

He started 15 games and had 83 tackles. Releasing DeCoud, saved the Falcons $3 million.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

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Falcons sign S Dwight Lowery, CB Josh Wilson

  • 3:37 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons, who released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud and finished the season with two starting rookie cornerbacks, signed some veteran help for their secondary on Tuesday.

The two defenders were signed a day after the Saints matched an offer sheet that safety Rafael Bush had signed with the Falcons.

Safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson, both unrestricted free agents, were signed Tuesday. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Lowery, 28, was selected by the New York Jets in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2008 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Jets before being traded to Jacksonville on September 3, 2011.

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Falcons sign Bush to offer sheet

  • 7:26 pm Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

New Orleans safety Rafael Bush, a former practice squad player with the Falcons, has been signed to an offer sheet by the Falcons, according to his agent and the NFL transactions wire.

The Saints will have until April 8 to match the offer or lose Bush to Atlanta.

The Saints issued Bush a one-year, $1.4 million tender earlier this offseason. Bush was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State in 2010.

The Falcons did no comment about pending personnel moves.

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

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Agent: Kevin Cone set to sign with Dolphins

  • 1:29 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech wide receiver Kevin Cone is set to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to his agent Mark Clouser.

The former Georgia Tech player who walked onto the team after transferring from NAIA Shorter College was one of two exclusive rights free agents and he did not received a tender offer from the team, according to NFLPA documents.

He has worked out for Carolina and was set to work out for the New York Giants on Friday.

Former #Falcons & GaTech WR Kevin Cone is signing with the Miami #Dolphins. http://t.co/MCDwqTsa29— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) [More]

Falcons contacted Clowney to set up private workout

  • 12:59 pm Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, after his Pro Day work out on Wednesday, said the Atlanta Falcons contacted him to setup a private workout.

The Falcons hold the sixth pick in the NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

Clowney is considered the top player available in the draft and likely will not be available when the Falcons pick. The team would have to move up to select the All-America pass rusher.

The Falcons were well represented at South Carolina’s Pro Day by defensive line coach Bryan Cox, outside linebackers coach Mark Collins and Southeast scout Anthony Robinson.

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Godfather: Falcons to work out Lewan, Ealy

  • 8:58 am Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
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The Godfather has spoken.

The Falcons worked out Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, according to Gil “The Godfather” Brandt of NFL.com.

That completes the trifecta.

The Falcons have been previously linked to the other top tackles in the draft. They interviewed Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews at the combine.

Lewan is generally considered the third-rated tackle in the group, but wouldn’t be much of a reach at No. 6 if Robinson and Matthews are off the board.

Now, Lewan does have some baggage if you think misdemeanor assault charges are serious.  

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has Lewan going to the Bills, who have [More]