- 12:06 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
- 9:40 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Here’s the running back by committee snap-count breakdown:
Running back Steven Jackson played 32 of the 72 offensive snaps (44 percent), Jacquizz Rodgers played 28 snaps (39 percent), Devonta Freeman plays five snaps (seven percent) and Antone Smith played four snaps (six percent).
Here’s breakdown of how the snaps were distributed against the Saints. Wide receiver Eric Weems was the only player who didn’t see any action.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Percent of playtime per player on offense, defense and special teams
NAME OFFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS
J Blalock 100% 72 7 23% G
J Asamoah 100% 72 7 23% G
J Hawley 100% 72 [More]
- 8:00 am Monday, September 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
The Falcons rallied from a double-digit deficit (13-0 and 20-7) twice and won 37-34 when Matt Ryan tossed the team on his back and carried them to victory against the New Orleans Saints.
Ryan was simply dazzling as he dodged defenders, slipped out of the side of the pocket and continued to find his receivers. He completed 31 of 43 passes (72.1 percent), while connecting with nine different receivers.
The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.
Matt Ryan [More]
- 10:53 pm Sunday, September 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 448 yards, but Matt Bryant’s field goal on the final play of regulation lifted the Falcons over the Saints. The AJC’s D, Orlando Ledbetter reports.
Here are some other highlights from the victory:
–The Falcons amassed 568 total net yards in the win, the highest single-game yardage total in franchise history. Atlanta topped the previous mark of 563 yards set against the Rams in 1980.
–Matt Ryan became the Falcons all-time leader in touchdown passes (156) while also setting the franchise record for total passing yards in a single game with 448. Ryan topped QB Chris Chandler’s [More]
- 12:04 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham
Roddy White said facing hated division rival New Orleans motivates the Falcons to be sharper in practice.
- 11:55 am Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Michael Cunningham
Julio Jones says he no longer thinks about his surgically-repaired foot while playing and he’s OK with playing the Saints first so the Falcons can “get a win out of the way.”
- 7:22 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talked about their offense, preparing for linebacker Paul Worrilow and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:
Here are some of the highlights:
Q: What do you attribute you and coach (Sean) Payton’s success against the Falcons to over the years?
A: At the end of the day, there are a lot of similarities between the teams. Four out of the last six years, we’ve been to the playoffs. That counts for both teams. . . . These are successful programs. Winning programs. We both play well [More]
- 5:53 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
FLOWERY BRANCH — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talked about the addition of safety Jairus Byrd, ‘Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ health and facing Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan during his conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday:
Here are some of the highlights:
Q: How does Jairus Byrd make your defense better?
A: PAYTON: Well, he’s a smart football player. He’s got very good ball skills. His instincts are something that help him tremendous at free safety. He’s very productive with the ball and around the ball whether if it’s fumbles and/or interceptions. It was something that [More]
- 9:00 am Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
1. SEEING YELLOW: The Falcons must clean up their penalties heading into the regular season if they plan to rebound from last season’s 4-12 mark.
The Falcons committed 39 penalties for 370 yards in the exhibition season. That projects out to 156 penalties over a 16-game season.
Linebacker Tim Dobbins (four), cornerback Robert Alford (four) and left tackle Jake Matthews (four) tied for the team lead.
However, a total of 23 of those 39 penalties (58.9 percent) were committed by players who didn’t make the 53-man roster.
Last season the Falcons had 100 penalties for 788 yards and had 28 first downs nullified.
- 5:04 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: Here’s the official depth chart released by the Falcons for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems
LT 70 Jake Matthews 73 Ryan Schraeder
LG 63 Justin Blalock 62 James Stone
C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz
RG 75 Jon Asamoah 68 Gabe Carimi
RT 76 Lamar Holmes 68 Gabe Carimi
TE 80 Levine Toilolo 86 Bear Pascoe
WR 11 Julio Jones 17 Devin Hester 15 Courtney Roby
QB 2 Matt Ryan 13 TJ Yates
12 Sean Renfree
RB 39 Steven Jackson 32 Jacquizz Rodgers [More]