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Smith ready for pads to start popping

  • 7:05 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith is looking forward to the team’s first padded practice on Monday.

The team spent major resources on revamping both the offensive and defensive lines this offseason. Smith believes that his staff can get a much better evaluation in full football equipment.

He plans to take full advantage of all of the padded practices allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

“We’re going to be on the same schedule that we’ve used in the past,” Smith said after Saturday’s practice. “Some of our drills that we are doing during those practices has changed, but in terms of the [More]

Douglas ready for more action in the slot

  • 5:31 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas is ready to help pick-up some of production in the passing attack created by the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The Falcons don’t have a tight end that they plan to feature in the passing attack. They will try to use more three-wide receiver sets to help replace some of the production. Gonzalez averaged more than 80 catches a season and 65 percent of his receptions went for first downs over the past five seasons.

Douglas, who’s coming off his first 1,000-yard receiving season, will be counted to help out from the slot [More]

Falcons sign wide receiver Sambrano

  • 3:11 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed wide receiver Jabin Sambrano to reach the 90 player limit on Saturday.

Sambrano, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a college free agent following the 2012 draft. He has spent time on the practice squad with the Colts, Buccaneers and Jaguars.

He played collegiately at Montana.

Jerry must earn a spot in the rotation

  • 2:59 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who re-signed with the team instead of venturing in free agency over the offseason, figures that there’s still a role for him in the team’s rotation.

Jerry watched as the Falcons signed defensive tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Tyson Jackson this offseason.

“Yeah, I mean, we picked up a couple bigger guys on the front,” said Jerry, the team’s first-round pick in 2009. “So, we’re looking forward to see how things pan out.”

The Falcons used Jerry at tackle in the 4-3 and end in the 3-4 [More]

Falcons waive WR Darius Johnson

  • 12:50 pm Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — After the first walk-through session, the Falcons released wide receiver Darius Johnson on Friday.

Johnson, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 29, 2013.

Johnson was the star of training camp last season as an undrafted rookie free agent.

He played in 10 games and made two starts. He had 22 receptions for 210 yards with one touchdown last season.

Here’s our updated depth chart for the wide receivers.

WR 11 Julio Jones, 14 Courtney Roby, 18 Freddie Martino, 89 Bernard Reedy,

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 17 Devin Hester, 15 Geraldo Boldewijn, 16 Julian Jones, [More]

Q&A: A pre-training camp chat with Mike Smith

  • 8:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before training camp opens today, we chatted with Falcons coach Mike Smith, the winningest coach in franchise history, who’s determined to rebound from his first losing season.

He was in good spirits during an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He shared some thoughts about the team and gave the fans some key information before things get started today with a closed morning walk-through and an open afternoon practice. 

(Check back later throughout the day as we post stories, notes, blogs and videos on AJC.com from the first day of training camp.)  

Q: How are you all going to make sure [More]

Roddy White: The signing of the contract is done

  • 7:01 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Shortly after reporting for training camp Thursday night, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White signed his four-year contract extension at the team’s head quarters.

            White, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler who’s closing in on most of the team’s receiving records, signed the performance-based contract with is possibly worth $30 million. The deal will also give the Falcons some salary cap relief, expected to be about $3 million.

Before White’s deal the Falcons had $9,263.836 million under the $133,000,000 salary cap, according to the NFLPA. That number should increase to the $12 million to $13 million range once White’s contract [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 1 — Quarterbacks

  • 6:00 am Friday, July 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Finally, training camp is here.

The team takes the field this morning and holds an afternoon practice that will be open to the public.

We’ll have updates throughout the day, so feel free to check back at AJC.com for updates.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – The new coaches

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

Countdown to camp: Day 6 — Defensive line 

Countdown to camp: Day 5 – Offensive line

Countdown to camp: Day [More]

Falcons DT Corey Peters plans to be ready for season-opener

  • 3:58 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters has style.

He drove into training camp with a new ride, a Kia Soul!

The youngsters love the hip care, but after signing a new $1.5 million contract this offseason he could have went the sports car route.

“It has plenty of room,” said Peters, who’s 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. “It rides good.”

Peters, who’s coming back from a ruptured Achilles surgery, was plenty early for the 5 p.m. team meeting. He was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.

He was injured in the 15th game of the season against San Francisco.

“It’s just snapped,” said Peters, [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 2 — Running backs

  • 6:00 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown rolls on!

The veterans report today. The rookies have been on site since Tuesday and the first practice is set for Friday.

The media fitness run is Saturday at noon. I’ve checked with president and CEO Rich McKay to see if the ambulances are ready. Also, we’ll need to make sure that at least two CPR-trained Falcons cheerleaders are on-site.

Hey Mr. President — @FalconsRMcKay — thanks for the follow! Are the ambulances ready for the media fitness run tomorrow?— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) July 24, 2014

HERE’S the big NEWS heading into camp: Falcons WR [More]

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