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Falcons release official revised depth chart for Giants’ game

  • 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here is the revised “official” depth chart that was released today after all of the injuries and roster moves were announced.

The new offensive line is in place: Matthews-Blalock-Konz-Asamoah-Carimi. Harland Gunn is listed as the backup center

However, Joplo Bartu is still listed as the starter at inside linebacker. Prince Shembo started in his spot against Minnesota.

(The team tries to call the depth unofficial. But since they are releasing it, that makes it pretty official in our blogosphere.)

OFFENSE

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 14 Eric Weems

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 73 Ryan Schraeder

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 62 James Stone

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REPORT CARD: Defense didn’t show up vs. Vikings

  • 12:16 am Monday, September 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — The Falcons defense stunk up TCF Bank Stadium.

At halftime, owner Arthur Blank was discussing the team’s porous play with general manager Thomas Dimtroff in an animated exchange.

This is clearly not what Blank expected when he allowed the football men to sign defensive tackle Paul Soliai to a five- year, $33 million contract and defensive end Tyson Jackson to a five-year, $25 million contract. The Falcons were supposed to be bigger and better in the trenches against the run.

After four games, they are not. The first quarter of the season is over and the Falcons’ rebuilt defense is not [More]

Falcons WR Harry Douglas inactive for Vikings

  • 2:58 pm Sunday, September 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MINNEAPOLIS — Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas, who suffered a foot injury in the Tampa Bay game, was listed as questionable on the team’s official injury report will be inactive for today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Douglas, the team’s No. 3 wide receiver, has 12 catches for 121 yards and one touchdown on the season. With Douglas out, Devin Hester will slide up into the No. 3 wide receiver slot.

Eric Weems and Courtney Roby will likely split duty as the team’s number four wide receiver. Weems could also give the Falcons a return option if Devin Hester needs a break.

Wide [More]

FANTASY ALERT: Roddy White said he’s ‘ready to roll’

  • 12:14 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who didn’t play last week against Tampa Bay, announced that he was “ready to roll” and would play on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings during the team’s open locker room session on Thursday.

“I feel good,” White said. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be talking to y’all right now. I feel good. It was kind of frustrating to be going out there and watching. Every time I watch football games from the sideline, I’m kind of frustrated not being out there with my teammates. But I”m ready to roll.”

White, who was set to [More]

Q&A: Bridgewater ready for first NFL start vs. Falcons

  • 2:47 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Minnesota Vikings were hoping to bring rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater along slowly this season.

But when starting quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a broken foot against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Bridgewater was pressed into service. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and had a passer rating of 83.3.

Bridgewater, who starred at Louisville, was selected by the Vikings in the first-round (32nd overall) of the NFL draft.

He will make his first NFL start against the Falcons on Sunday.

Here what he had to see to the Atlanta media during his conference call on Wednesday:

Q: How [More]

Q&A: Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer on facing the Falcons

  • 12:51 pm Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH —  Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer, who was with the Falcons as the defensive coordinator in 2007, knows a thing or two about managing a team through a crisis situation.

Back in 2007,  the Falcons lost quarterback Michael Vick to a federal dog-fighting investigation.

Zimmer, in his first season as Minnesota’s head coach, has lost his star running back Adrian Peterson because he’s been indicted for child abuse in Texas.

In a conference call with the Atlanta media on Wednesday, here’s what Zimmer had to say:

Q: How are you managing the crisis situation surrounding running back Adrian Peterson?

A: Some things have [More]

COVER 9@9: Paul Worrilow taking charge on defense

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. WORRILOW ON WAY UP: Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is growing more and more comfortable as the team has put more his plate this season.

In part because of the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon, Worrilow is the team’s signal-caller and has played all of the unit’s 205 snaps along with safety William Moore [More]

Falcons move into top 10 in PFT’s power rankings

  • 6:36 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons have cracked the top 10 in ProFootballTalk.com’s weekly power rankings.

The Falcons are the No. 9 rated team after being ranked 14th last week.

The Falcons, after going 4-12 last season, are off to a 2-1 start and were impressive in victories over New Orleans (37-34 in overtime) and Tampa Bay (56-14). They were defeated by the No. 2-ranked Cincinnati Bengals (24-10) on the road. Seattle is the No. 1 ranked team.

The Falcons are set to face the Minnesota Vikings, who are ranked 29th, on Sunday in Minneapolis.

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FILM REVIEW: Kemal Ishmael’s big play

  • 1:28 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons reserve safety Kemal Ishmael was on the field against Tampa Bay in the first quarter when it was third down-and-10 from the Bucs 11.

The Falcons had a dime defense with three safeties (William Moore, Dwight Lowery and Ishmael), three cornerbacks (Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Robert McClain), four lineman (Corey Peters, Osi Umenyiora, Kroy Biermann and Jonathan Babineaux) and one linebacker (Paul Worrilow).

At the snap, the Falcons presented seven men along the line of scrimmage and four back in coverage.

At the snap, Biermann and Lowery dropped into coverage. McClain, Peters, Umenyiora, Worrlow and Babineaux rushed the [More]

VIDEO: D. Led – What Falcons Can Prove vs. Vikings

  • 12:10 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov talk about the Atlanta Falcons game plan against the Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater and what the team can prove on Sunday in Minneapolis.

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GAME STORY: Falcons rebound by routing hapless Bucs, 56-14

Deion Sanders gladly passes his record to Devin Hester

After whirlwind start, Falcons get a chance to exhale

Matt Ryan sets completion percentage record

Julio Jones leads league in receiving yards

Falcons hope to end struggles against rookie quarterbacks when they face Teddy Bridgewater