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

Countdown to camp: Day 9 – Special teams

  • 6:00 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The start of the Falcons training camp is nine days away. The first practice is set for Friday, July 25.

We started our countdown by looking at the new assistant coaches Mike Tice, Wade Harman and Bryan Cox. Today, we’ll start a position-by-position look at the roster.  

We’ll peek at the special teams, which finished last season ranked 26th in the league.

The big offseason pick up was the addition of Devin Hester, perhaps league’s best-ever return man.

Hester, 31, has posted staggering numbers over his stellar career.

“Devin Hester brings a ton of experience and a ton of ability,” [More]

Falcons agree to one-year deal with Arenas

  • 4:47 pm Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Falcons agreed to a one-year deal with returner/nickel back Javier Arenas on Tuesday, his Atlanta-based agent Hadley Engelhard told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The team announced the deal later.

Arenas, a former star at Alabama, was drafted in the second-round (50th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010 draft. Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli was Kansas City’s general manager at the time.

Arenas, 26, who played three seasons with the Chiefs was with Arizona last season. He’s played in 63 games and has made 12 starts.

Arenas has 106 career NFL punt returns for 1,029 yards (9.7 per return) and 74 kickoff returns for [More]