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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 He rescinded the nickname after Rumph, who played at Kentucky, started to ramp up his play.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 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 profootballfocus.com 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]