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

COVER 9@9: Paul Worrilow taking charge on defense

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 24th, 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. WORRILOW ON WAY UP: Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is growing more and more comfortable as the team has put more his plate this season.

In part because of the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon, Worrilow is the team’s signal-caller and has played all of the unit’s 205 snaps along with safety William Moore [More]

Falcons’ official depth chart released for Miami game

  • 10:17 pm Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — For some reason, the Falcons call the depth chart they release “unofficial.”

But if they release it, that’s pretty official to us:

BTW, the team released their nickel defense as the base defense.

Here is it:


WR 84 Roddy White 83 Harry Douglas 19 Drew Davis 89 Bernard Reedy 87 Tramaine Thompson

16 Julian Jones 8 Jabin Sambrano

LT 72 Sam Baker 76 Lamar Holmes 74 Terren Jones

LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson 67 Adam Replogle

C 61 Joe Hawley 66 Peter Konz 62 James Stone

RG 75 Jon Asamoah 69 Harlan Gunn 68 Gabe Carimi

RT 70 Jake Matthews 68 [More]

LB Paull Worrilow is the signal-caller on defense

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow has gone from undrafted rookie to signal-caller on a NFL defense in a little over a year.

With Sean Weatherspoon out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, Worrilow will be the unit’s signal-caller. He’ll have the green dot on his helmet.

Worrilow spent a lot of time in the weight room this offseason in an attempt to get stronger. He also reviewed the film on every snap from last season to see what worked for him and to analyze where he needs to make some adjustments.

“We want to come out with a lot more energy [More]

Countdown to camp: Day 7 — Linebackers

  • 6:00 am Saturday, July 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH — The countdown can kick into overdrive this weekend.

Coach Mike Smith, who’s been out in Montana, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, who’s been out cycling with Lance Armstrong, return to the office Monday.

The rookies report Tuesday, veterans on Thursday and the first practice is set for Friday.

We started our countdown 10 days out.

Last season, Worrilow played 491 snaps and missed eight tackles at inside linebacker and was ranked 45th in the league by Pro Football Focus. He played 309 snaps at outside linebacker, had four missed tackles and was ranked 25th in the league.

Bartu played 789 snaps at [More]

What’s next for the Falcons at linebacker?

  • 7:24 am Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons linebacker Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft (19th overall), was headed into a contract season before rupturing his Achilles tendon while running with the training staff on Tuesday.

Now, all three of the starting linebackers for the Falcons in the NFC championship game against San Francisco after the 2012 season, are out of the lineup. Akeem Dent lost his job during last season and Stephen Nicholas was released over the offseason.

The Falcons, who played most of last season with Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu, Weatherspoon and Dent in the top spots, have been revamping the unit. They selected four [More]