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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

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.

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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.

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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.


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.

Umenyiora doesn’t have any Giants secrets to share

  • 2:00 pm Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive end/outside lineabacker Osi Umenyiora, who played 10 seasons with the New York Giants, doesn’t have any good intel to share with the Falcons players or coaches this week.

The Giants have revamped their offensive line and are running a new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo.

“I haven’t been able to pick up anything,” Umenyiora said. “I don’t know this offense at all. There’s nothing that I’ve been able to give our team and all of the offensive lineman are different except for Will Beatty. He’s the only one that was around. Everybody else is different.”

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Falcons OC Koetter says ‘great argument’ A. Smith deserves more touches

  • 6:01 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

To the outsider, it doesn’t make sense that Falcons running back Antone Smith gets so few touches.

Smith has scored every 4.3 times he touches the ball this season. His five career touchdowns have averaged 45.6 yards. He’s averaging 14.8 yards each time on touches this season with touchdowns of 38, 48 and 54 yards.

Yet Smith’s 13 touches rank fourth on the team among running backs behind Steven Jackson (54 touches averaging 4.1 yards with one touchdown), Jacquizz Rodgers (23 touches, 4.5 yards, one TD) and Devonta Freeman (22 touches, 4.3 yards, no TDs).

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COVER 9@9: Paul Worrilow taking charge on defense

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 24th, 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. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. WORRILOW ON WAY UP: Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is growing more and more comfortable as the team has put more his plate this season.

In part because of the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon, Worrilow is the team’s signal-caller and has played all of the unit’s 205 snaps along with safety William Moore [More]

Falcons move into top 10 in PFT’s power rankings

  • 6:36 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have cracked the top 10 in’s weekly power rankings.

The Falcons are the No. 9 rated team after being ranked 14th last week.

The Falcons, after going 4-12 last season, are off to a 2-1 start and were impressive in victories over New Orleans (37-34 in overtime) and Tampa Bay (56-14). They were defeated by the No. 2-ranked Cincinnati Bengals (24-10) on the road. Seattle is the No. 1 ranked team.

The Falcons are set to face the Minnesota Vikings, who are ranked 29th, on Sunday in Minneapolis.


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