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

UPDATED: Falcons making cuts — Angerer, Hagens and Smallwood released

  • 1:54 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Linebacker Pat Angerer’s once-promising NFL career could be over after he was released by the Falcons on Friday.

He was in the first round of cuts made by the team, which also released linebacker Yawin Smallwood and fullback Maurice Hagens.

The Falcons were at 75 players after completed the exhibition season with a 2-2 record and have to reach the league-mandated 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday.


Angerer, 27, was trying to make a comeback after undergoing microfracture knee surgery in December. The Colts selected Angerer in the second round of the [More]

Cover 9@9: HBO Hard Knocks’ cameras are rolling

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 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. Here’s my first installment of Cover 9@9. – D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. Rob Gehring  —

“In the beginning when Steve (Sabol) wanted to do this show, he wanted to show how hard it was to make an NFL roster,” Gehring said. “He always loved the content of these guys at the back end of the roster, the 53rd man. Sometimes [More]

Report: Falcons are interested in Vilma, Dobbins, Angerer

  • 10:54 am Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — With the season-ending Achilles tendon injury to linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons are checking out the veteran free agent market in what one agent called a “four or five player Gong Show.”

Click here to read about the Falcons internal options.

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Tim Dobbins and Pat Angerer are being considered, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who cited sources close to the Falcons. Also, the Falcons had previously worked out linebacker Dan Connor.  

Vilma, 32, is 6-1, 230 pounds, is a 10-year veteran. He’s a former three-time Pro Bowler, but he has health [More]