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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

COVER 9@9: Atlanta’s tuning in Camp Hard Knocks

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before leaving home to watch practice and meet with the Falcons’ brass, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman received a message going out the door.

“My daughter, who I didn’t know watched the show, said ‘when you go down to Atlanta say hello to Cupcake for me,’ ” Hershman said.

In episode one, defensive line coach Bryan Cox, the star of the show, dubbed defensive tackle Donte Rumph “Cupcake.” He rescinded the nickname after Rumph, who played at Kentucky, started to ramp up his play.

“I just love watching the personalities as they come to life on the screen,” Hershman said. [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]

Falcons $26.7 million under cap, can pursue Jairus Byrd

  • 8:16 pm Monday, March 3rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Jairus Byrd, safety, defense, Bufallo Bills, free agency, NFL, football, Atlanta Falcons

The free agency picture became a little clearer with the passing of the franchise and transition tag deadline on Monday.

The biggest news of the day was that Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive back, was not tagged and appears to have a clear path to the open market.

The Falcons now have 53 players signed, but counting the top 51, per league rules, the Falcons are at $113.3 million against the cap, according to National Football League Players Association documents. The cap for next season will increase to $133 million.

Once the $7 million slot that Tony Gonzalez is [More]