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Roddy White inactive for tonight’s game

  • 6:53 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. (Associated Press).

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who did not practice all week with hamstring injury, was listed on the official injury report as questionable for the Tampa Bay game, which is set for 8:25 p.m. Thursday at the Georgia Dome.

White, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler, was declared out for the game and will be on the inactive list.

Wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) and left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) were listed on the injury report as probable and are active.

White didn’t miss a game in his first eight NFL seasons.

Last season he [More]

Falcons sign Bosher, Harris to extensions

  • 9:42 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Matt Bosher is the holder and Josh Harris is the long snapper.

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed punter Matt Bosher to a five-year contract extension and long snapper Josh Harris to a four-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Bosher, 6-0, 208 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Bosher averaged 45.5 yards with a 40.2-yard net average. He has placed 77 punts inside the 20-yard line with just 12 touch backs.
landing in the end zone for touchbacks. Bosher has also handled kickoff duties.

Harris, 6-1, 224 pounds, was signed by [More]

Prized-rookie Jake Matthews expects to play against Tampa Bay

  • 8:24 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews (left ankle sprain) said he’s expecting to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome.

He was a limited participant in practice on Monday. Falcons coach Mike Smith said he expects Matthews to fully participate in practice on Tuesday.

“It went well,” Matthews said. “It was nice to go out there and do some stuff with the guys. It’s something that is going to take time and a lot more healing, but I was excited to get out there. It’s getting better every day. I’m a little excited for [More]

Roddy White believes NFL, Goodell botched the Rice investigation

  • 12:00 am Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to twitter to encourage NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to admit he “messed up” the Ray Rice domestic violence investigation.

White, who goes by @RoddyWhiteTV, later deleted his tweets.

Rodger should just come out and say we messed up and drop the ball on this one but he won’t to much pride and it’s a lot of that in the nfl

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 10, 2014

I must say the nfl does have ridiculous resources I remember coming out in the 05 draft they knew everything about my family history scary

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) [More]

Here’s a peek at the Falcons (initial) 53-man roster

  • 4:17 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s a look at the Falcons initial 53-man roster.

They have 25 on offense, 25 on defense and three specialists.

They will monitor the waiver wire in order fill out there 10-man practice squad and possibly do some juggling to the back end of the roster.

After going 4-12 last season, the Falcons have the sixth position on the waiver wire.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Matt Ryan, T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman and Patrick DiMarco.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Devin Hester, Courtney Roby and Eric Weems

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Levine Toilolo, Bear Pascoe.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

Jake Matthews, Justin [More]

Falcons sign Weems, release Sambrano

  • 4:29 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Wide receiver Eric Weems, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player while with the Falcons, was re-signed by the team on Thursday.

Weems was recently released by the Chicago Bears.

The Falcons waived wide receiver Jabin Sambrano.

Weems, 5-foot-9. 195 pounds, was originally signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Bethune-Cookman following the 2007 NFL draft.

He played five seasons with the Falcons before signing with the Chicago Bears in 2012.

Weems set a franchise record for the longest kick return touchdown in Falcons history with a 102-yard return at Tampa Bay

UPDATE: Sam Baker out for year with torn patellar tendon

  • 11:23 am Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Falcons left tackle Sam Baker has a torn right patellar tendon and will be for the season, the Falcons announced Sunday.

“Following his injury in the game, Sam underwent a number of tests and it was determined that he had suffered a torn patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “Sam had worked extremely hard to get back on the field after missing most of last season, and he was having a good camp. I know he is disappointed, but I also know he [More]

Rookie RB Devonta Freeman back at practice

  • 11:33 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Photo courtesy of the Falcons)

Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman left the field with an undisclosed injury on Monday. He was back at practice on Tuesday.

“Davonta is fine,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice. “Devonta was just dehydrated from practice and we wanted to be very precautionary, take him off the field. We got him rehydrated and he’s ready to go.”

Freeman, a fourth-round draft pick, accounted for 107 total yards on 11 touches in the exhibition opener against Miami. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught a pass for 57 yards.

The Falcons are already hurting at the [More]

Dimitroff to be featured on second Hard Knocks episode

  • 9:49 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will outline his views on the 2014 roster on the second episode of Hard Knocks at 10 p. m. on Tuesday on HBO.

Here’s my recap of episode 1.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who’s out with a ruptured Achilles, will be profiled. He hasn’t been made available to the local media since the June 10th injury.

The Falcons scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans as they prepped for their opening exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome will also be featured.

Hall of Fame to consider contributors separately

  • 6:48 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

CANTON, Ohio — Contributors to the NFL will now be voted on separately from players and coaches, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Friday.

Much the same as the senior candidates and there will be a subcommittee of selectors created similar to the current senior selection committee.

Like the senior committee the contributor candidates will still require 80% positive support of the Selection Committee for election.

In an effort to address the backlog of deserving contributor candidates, a temporary schedule has also been approved that will allow for two contributor candidates to be selected by the Contributor Selection [More]