Atlanta Falcons blog 

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

COVER 9@9: Falcons in better shape to withstand injury bug

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 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. THE O-LINE REMIX: The Falcons appear to be in a much better position to withstand this current onslaught of injuries along the offensive line.

Last season, they had to play with Lamar Holmes at left tackle and Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle.

Jake Matthews and Gabe Carimi are clearly upgrades.

Carimi, a former first-round pick and [More]

Falcons right tackle Lamar Holmes is on the hot seat

  • 2:28 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice went out of his way to let us know that Lamar Holmes is penciled in as the starter at right tackle.

After last season, you have to figure that Holmes, who was taken in the third-round of the 2012 draft, is on a short leash.

Holmes needs improved him play dramatically.

Here’s want had to say about Holmes in a preview that was done before Baker went down for the season:

Holmes projects as the team’s swing tackle, but his poor play ranked him second worst in the NFL out of PFF’s 76 qualifying [More]

Why has Gabe Carimi been a bust so far?

  • 10:00 am Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Gabe Carimi was thought to be the next great tackle out of Wisconsin.

Some NFL personnel men thought he was going to follow in the huge footsteps of Cleveland Browns great Joe Thomas and anchor the left side of the Chicago Bears line for 10 years.

But in the microwave era, where teams just work with players for what seems like a couple of minutes and then run them out on the field, Carimi’s career hasn’t been able to gain traction.

In the old days, he would have been allowed to develop. But the Bears and the Buccaneers have not been able to get [More]

Falcons sign offensive lineman Gabe Carimi

  • 4:56 pm Monday, February 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Falcons signed offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who has been with two teams already, the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Monday, according to the team.

Carimi, 6-7, 316 pounds, was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Carimi, who played with Falcons center/right guard Peter Konz at Wisconsin, spent two seasons in Chicago. He played in 18 games and made 16 starts before being traded to Tampa Bay for a sixth-round pick before the 2013 season.

In 2011, he played in two games at right tackle. In 2012, he played right [More]