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Countdown to camp: Day 8 – Defensive backs

  • 6:00 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is eight days away.

We started our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox and then the special teams unit.

Today, we will look at the defensive backfield, where they’ll be some fierce competition for the starting nickel back and free safety positions.

Here’s our projected depth chart for the defensive backfield.

RCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 28 Javier Arenas, 37 Ricardo Allen,

NB 26 Josh Wilson, 27 Robert McClain, 28 Javier Arenas, 41 Dezmen Southward

LCB 23 Robert Alford, 24 Jordan Mabin, 43 Devonta Glover-Wright

SS 25 William Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Tyler Starr

  • 6:00 am Sunday, May 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Tyler Starr

SCHOOL: South Dakota

ROUND/PICK: Seventh, 255th overall

TWITTER: @T11Starr

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s a developmental outside linebacker in the 3-4 and the Falcons believe he can play in coverage. 

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Marquis Spruill

  • 6:00 am Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

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. Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Dezmen Southward

  • 6:00 am Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Dezmen Southward

SCHOOL: Wisconsin

ROUND/PICK: Third, 68th overall

TWITTER: @D_Southward12

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to compete for the starting free safety spot and the nickel back position next season. He should contribute immediately on special teams with his 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

[More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Ra’Shede Hageman

  • 6:00 am Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Ra’Shede Hageman

SCHOOL: Minnesota

ROUND/PICK: Second, 37th overall

TWITTER: @RashedeHageman

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to play defensive tackle in teh 4-3 and defensvie end in the 3-4.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman

Falcons [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Jake Matthews

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews #70 runs a drill during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Jake Matthews

SCHOOL: Texas A&M

ROUND/PICK: First, sixth overall

TWITTER: @jake_matthews75

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to compete for the starting right tackle position next season, after playing left tackle last season for the Aggies.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

[More]

2014 NFL Draft: ESPN’s McShay on Falcons’ moves

  • 12:49 pm Monday, May 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay shared his thoughts on the Falcons’ draft class today.

He liked the draft overall, especially the Matthews pick. He believes that the Falcons got first-round value when they picked defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman in the second-round. The Dezmen Southward pick in the third-round was a head-scratcher for him and he liked the pick of running back Devonta Freeman in the fourth round.

Here’s what he had to say about the Falcons’ top four picks:

ON MATTHEWS: “I really liked the Falcons draft. Jake Matthews makes all the sense in the world. . . .He brings that versatility. [More]

NFL Draft 2014: Falcons select Dezmen Southward

  • 9:47 pm Friday, May 9th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Atlanta Falcons selected Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward in the third round (68th overall) on Friday.

He’s a versatile safety, who also played in the slot as a big nickel back.

“My first year, I didn’t do it at all,” Southward said. “My senior year is the first year that I did it. I was kind of thrown in the fire. I was pretty much asked to be the third cornerback. I did that about 80, 85 percent of the game. I’m glad I was able to add that to my repertoire. I have to get better at it, but [More]