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

INJURY REPORT: Spruill out for the season

  • 12:08 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons linebacker Marquis Spruill suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday and will be out for the season, according to coach Mike Smith. 

(Here’s his bio from draft day)

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.

#Falcons coach Mike Smith said LB Marquis Spruill is out for the season with an torn ACL.— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) August 07, 2014

Falcons sign five draft picks

  • 2:32 pm Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — Five Falcons’ draft picks, linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, and linebacker Tyler Starr, all signed contracts with the Falcons on Sunday.

The terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

First-round tackle Jake Matthews, second-round defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman, third-round safety Dezmen Southward and fourth-round running back Devonta Freeman remain unsigned.

The Falcons are following the league trend of trying to wrap up their rookie signings quickly.

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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]