- 7:15 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
- 9:00 am Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Let’s get right to it this morning:
1. THE FUTURE OF EXHIBITION GAMES: Perhaps the day is coming where the fans are not forced to pay regular-season football prices for exhibition games.
Nobody likes the exhibition season.
The fans, players (Sam Baker) and the football folks.
“Our goal is to obviously get to the season as healthy as possible,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff. “We know that the more games in preseason, the more apt you are to run the risk of an injury. That could happen in Game 1 as we’ve seen. I think the league is well thought out with how they’re approaching [More]
- 2:37 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — Former Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis, who was released after minicamp, was signed by the Tennessee Titan on Tuesday.
Davis entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent in 2012.
He spent two seasons (2012-13) in Atlanta as the backup quarterback on the 53-man roster, and played in one game (at Tampa Bay) during the 2013 season.
Davis was waived by the Falcons this past June after the Falcons were able to acquire T.J. Yates from the Houston Texans for linebacker Akeem Dent.
Davis, who started his career at Boston College, was a two-year starter at East Carolina, where he threw [More]
- 1:29 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — The fourth installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set for 10 p.m. tonight.
Falcons special teams coach
Also, fans will get to see how the Falcons have to shift into their indoor practice facility when there is a thunderstorm in the area.
THIRD EXHIBITION GAME: TITANS 24, FALCONS 17
- 7:00 am Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith was noncommittal when asked twice if running back Steven Jackson would play against Jacksonville on Thursday.
“In terms of what we’re going to do with playing time, there will be some guys that will and there will be some guys that won’t,” Smith said. “We’ve got some guys that we need to get some work and we’ve got some guys that we definitely know what they’re capable of doing. The ones that we know what they’re capable of doing will probably not get a lot of work.”
Jackson, as a veteran, is likely in the [More]
- 8:28 am Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Falcons are likely to cut down to 75 players today, in plenty of time before for the Tuesday deadline.
There’s no reason to bring back 15 players on Monday, just to cut them on Tuesday, while you’re getting ready for the final exhibition game on Thursday.
“This year has been really interesting coming into camp to see how competitive it is at all levels,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “Not only at our veteran level, but also at the rookie level. Coach Mike Smith has done such a great job of getting the point across that it doesn’t matter where [More]
- 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
- 9:00 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – Before leaving home to watch practice and meet with the Falcons’ brass, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman received a message going out the door.
“My daughter, who I didn’t know watched the show, said ‘when you go down to Atlanta say hello to Cupcake for me,’ ” Hershman said.
In episode one, defensive line coach Bryan Cox, the star of the show, dubbed defensive tackle Donte Rumph “Cupcake.” He rescinded the nickname after Rumph, who played at Kentucky, started to ramp up his play.
“I just love watching the personalities as they come to life on the screen,” Hershman said. [More]
- 6:31 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH – HBO Sports president Ken Hershman was at practice on Tuesday.
The third installment of the 11-time Emmy award-winning show is set 10 p.m. tonight.
“So far, it’s been great,” Hershman said. “The shows have been terrific. The story lines have been great. The cooperation from the team has been unparalleled. The ratings are really, really strong. They are up double-digits compared to last season.
“The Atlanta market is up over 200 percent from the normal ratings period. It’s firing on all cylinders.”
Spotlighted on tonight’s show is how a new quarterback absorbs a new offense, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry [More]
- 2:28 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice went out of his way to let us know that Lamar Holmes is penciled in as the starter at right tackle.
After last season, you have to figure that Holmes, who was taken in the third-round of the 2012 draft, is on a short leash.
Holmes needs improved him play dramatically.
Here’s want profootballfocus.com had to say about Holmes in a preview that was done before Baker went down for the season:
Holmes projects as the team’s swing tackle, but his poor play ranked him second worst in the NFL out of PFF’s 76 qualifying [More]