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DEPTH CHART: Pioli and Nolan’s fingerprints on FA class

  • 4:03 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff acknowledged that assistant general manager Scott Pioli and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan provided important background and character information on the free agency class.

Right guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson were drafted by Pioli when he was general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive tackle Paul Soliai was with the Dolphins and played under Nolan and defensive line coach Bryan Cox, who also contributed information.

“Scott, like the rest of personnel department and our coaching staff, all had an important hand with the acquisition of our talent,” Dimitroff said. “Scott gave us background, character, personality and skill-set (information) [More]

5 players to watch in the Senior Bowl today

  • 7:53 am Saturday, January 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – In addition to heavily scouting the offensive and defensive linemen, the Falcons came away from their week of Senior Bowl practice impressed with three safeties.

(Also, there was more than a little buzz in personnel circles at the Senior Bowl that the Falcons covet Buffalo free safety Jairus Byrd, who could become an unrestricted free agent if he can’t reach a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.)

The Falcons had the opportunity to work with Washington State’s Deone Bucannon and Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon. Also, Vanderbilt free safety Kenny Ladler from Stephenson High, who will play for the South, impressed the [More]