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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins a big fan of Roddy White, Julio Jones

  • 8:00 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON – Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who’s set to enter his second year in the NFL, didn’t want to come off as a drooling fan.

The South Carolina native had a chance to tell Falcons wide receiver Roddy White that he’d been watching him since his days at Alabama-Birmingham. He had a chance to tell Julio Jones that he admires he work.

But Hopkins remained calm and took care of his business.

“Roddy is from South Carolina, so he’s one of the guys that I’ve been watching since he was in college,” said Hopkins, who had 52 catches for 802 yards and [More]

VIDEO: D. Led – Falcons to match up with Texans

  • 6:59 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                               Practice Times (public availability)

Thursday, August 14                Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX), 9 a.m. ET

Friday, August 15                     Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                  Falcons at Houston Texans

NRG Stadium

8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

Break Camp

Cover 9@9: Moore believes Texans can help defense improve

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(You can read the Cover9@9 blog  every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons. Here’s the fourth installment from Houston.  – D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. HOUSTON, WE HAVE LIFTOFF!: Falcons safety William Moore is looking forward to facing the Texans in practices and in an exhibition game at 8 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium.

He believes the first-team defense, which struggled in 13 snaps against Miami and gave up a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive, can improve by facing the Texans.

“No. 1 we have to play football like we’ve been playing,” Moore said. [More]

Hard Knocks open thread: Smith, Dimitroff and Weatherspoon to be featured

  • 9:30 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — Checking in for our Hard Knocks open thread.

After the show, we’ll post a video recap.

HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Smith talks about the [More]

Hard Knocks sneak preview: The Toughness Crusade continues

  • 1:03 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

HOUSTON — HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.

It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.

The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .

He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.

Here’s how this “toughness” issue got out of control.

Former Saints Heath Evans was saying he thought the Falcons [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]

5 quick thoughts on the Falcons’ exhibition opener

  • 10:18 pm Friday, August 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s are five quick thoughts on the Falcons’ exhibition opener against Miami:

1. The Falcons must find a way to get running back Antone Smith involved more in the offense. He had a 34-yard pass play and a 81-yard touchdown run erased by penalties. He can make plays. Big plays.

2. Roddy White is going to be Matt Ryan’s third down security blanket. Three of his four catches came on third down.

3. The defense is still a work in progress. It’s probably prudent to not be too alarmed at this point in the exhibition season.

4. Defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi could have a breakout year, but [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.

INJURY REPORT: Spruill out for the season

  • 12:08 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons linebacker Marquis Spruill suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday and will be out for the season, according to coach Mike Smith. 

(Here’s his bio from draft day)

NAME: Marquis Spruill

SCHOOL: Syracuse

ROUND/PICK: Fifth, 168th overall

TWITTER: @ Sprui11z

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to contain for a roster spot as special teamer and backup inside linebacker.

#Falcons coach Mike Smith said LB Marquis Spruill is out for the season with an torn ACL.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) August 07, 2014

Georgia Dome issues fan advisory for Falcons game

  • 7:54 am Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – With the construction for the New Atlanta Stadium, the Georgia Dome has issued a fan advisory for Falcons exhibition season opener set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome.

This is the first Falcons game since construction has started and some of the old parking spots and tail-gate venues have changed. Also, the slumping Atlanta Braves have a game at 7:30 p.m. and there is an Expo on the Georgia World Congress Center campus on top of your regularly scheduled Friday rush hour traffic.

The Georgia Dome is recommending that fans take MARTA as the absolute quickest and easiest [More]

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