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Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

  • 6:00 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is eight days away.

We started our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox and then the special teams unit.

Today, we will look at the defensive backfield, where they’ll be some fierce competition for the starting nickel back and free safety positions.

Here’s our projected depth chart for the defensive backfield.

RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,

NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward

LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright

SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, [More]

Humphrey to be presented by his daughter

  • 7:33 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Claude Humphrey shortly after receiving the news of his selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Radio City Music Hall in New York back in February. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@AJC.com)

Claude Humphrey, the longtime defensive end of the Atlanta Falcons who finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, has chosen his daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson to present him for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2.

She becomes just the third daughter ever to serve as a presenter. John Elway was presented by his daughter Jessica in 2004, and last year Warren Sapp was presented by [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

  • 6:00 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is nine days away. The first practice is set for Friday, July 25.

We started our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox. Today, we’ll start a position-by-position look at the roster.  

We’ll peek at the special teams, which finished last season ranked 26th in the league.

The big offseason pick up was the addition of Devin Hester, perhaps league’s best-ever return man.

Hester, 31, has posted staggering numbers over his stellar career.

“Devin Hester brings a ton of experience and a ton of ability,” [More]

DEPTH CHART: 2014 Falcons’ Hard Knocks training camp

  • 9:57 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The first appearance on HBO’s “Hard knocks: Training camp with the Atlanta Falcons” is less than three weeks away.

The first show will air on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. There will be an encore showing each week on Wednesdays at 11 p.m., culminating with the Sept. 2 season finale.

To help the TV producers out, we’re releasing our projected depth chart today (see below) and a couple of candidates for the longshot angle. Each year, they seem to pick out some obscure player who’s a longshot to make the team.

A couple intriguing candidates are wide receivers Geraldo Boldewijn [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 10 – New coaches

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is 10 days away.

We’ll start our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches. Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox were added to the staff this offseason.

Tice was named the offensive line coach and Harman was added as his assistant. They replaced Pat Hill and Paul Dunn. Tice is the third offensive line coach under head coach Mike Smith.

Cox was hired to replace Ray Hamilton, who was on Smith’s original staff and had also worked with him in Jacksonville.

With Mike Munchak available, Tice, 55, was a curious selection to help [More]

Falcons WR Drew Davis out six weeks after foot surgery

  • 11:29 am Saturday, July 5th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham

Falcons reserve wide receiver Drew Davis had surgery to repair an unspecified foot injury and will miss the next six weeks, according to the team.

The Falcons placed Davis on the physically unable to perform list for training camp. The Falcons open practice on July 25, meaning Davis would miss about three weeks of camp under the timetable announced by the team.

“Drew felt some discomfort in his foot at the end of minicamp,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement released by the team. “We decided to send him to the doctors for some evaluations and it was determined he [More]

Tom Moore: Johnny Manziel ‘will be good’

  • 10:59 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO — Longtime NFL assistant coach Tom Moore, 75, knows a few things about developing quarterbacks.

While with the Indianapolis Colts, he helped to develop Peyton Manning. Moore is currently a consultant with the Arizona Cardinals. He coached at Georgia Tech in 1970-71.

He likes how the Falcons have brought along quarterback Matt Ryan after drafting him third overall in the 2008 draft.

“I think he’s an excellent quarterback,” Moore said before playing in Bruce Arians golf outing on Monday. “I think he’s had great success. He’s got in some situations last year with injuries and things like that, but that does not [More]

Arians expects Falcons to bounce back; Abraham to keep on ticking

  • 2:00 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO – Arizona coach Bruce Arians believes the Falcons, who dipped to 4-12 last season after going 13-3 in 2012, will bounce back in 2014.

In his first season as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Arians led them to a 10-6 record last season, which included a 27-13 victory over the Falcons on Oct. 27, 2013.

The two teams will meet at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 30.

“I’m not looking forward it,” Arians said on Monday, before playing in his Georgia Celebrity Golf outing at Reynolds Plantation. “I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great [More]

Peterson: Jones and White are best WR tandem in NFL

  • 1:11 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO – Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones recently laid claim to him and Roddy White being the top wide receiver tandem in the NFL.

Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, arguably the best pure cornerback in the league, agreed with Jones before playing in the Celebrity Golf Classic at the Reynolds Plantation on Monday.

“The best duo in the NFL, I’d probably have to say that’s pretty accurate,” Peterson said. “Both of those guys are Pro Bowl caliber receivers, both of them are All-Pro caliber receivers. Both of them do a lot of good things for Matt Ryan to make his job a little easier. [More]

Ex-Auburn and Lassiter star Lutzenkirchen killed in auto accident

  • 1:35 pm Sunday, June 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Philip Lutzenkirchen, tight end, Auburn. Played high school football at Lassiter. By Butch Dill

Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, a member of Auburn’s 2010 national championship-winning team and a former star at Lassiter High died Sunday morning in a car accident, Auburn’s sports information office confirmed.

The car accident occurred outside LaGrange, Georgia at approximately 3:06 a.m. Sunday morning. B.N. Talley, the officer who responded to the scene, told the Ledger Enquirer that a 2006 Chevy Tahoe missed a stop sign at a “t-intersection” before traveling off the intersection and into a churchyard. The car was “out of control for about 450 feet” before [More]

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