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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]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Tyler Starr

  • 6:00 am Sunday, May 25th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Tyler Starr

SCHOOL: South Dakota

ROUND/PICK: Seventh, 255th overall

TWITTER: @T11Starr

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s a developmental outside linebacker in the 3-4 and the Falcons believe he can play in coverage. 

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Marquis Spruill

  • 6:00 am Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

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. Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Dezmen Southward

  • 6:00 am Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Dezmen Southward

SCHOOL: Wisconsin

ROUND/PICK: Third, 68th overall

TWITTER: @D_Southward12

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to compete for the starting free safety spot and the nickel back position next season. He should contribute immediately on special teams with his 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

[More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Ra’Shede Hageman

  • 6:00 am Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Ra’Shede Hageman

SCHOOL: Minnesota

ROUND/PICK: Second, 37th overall

TWITTER: @RashedeHageman

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to play defensive tackle in teh 4-3 and defensvie end in the 3-4.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman

Falcons [More]

3 questions with Falcons rookie Jake Matthews

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

May 16, 2014 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Jake Matthews #70 runs a drill during the first day of Mini-Camp for rookies on Friday, May 16, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH – During the recently completed rookie minicamp we asked some of the rookies a few questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

NAME: Jake Matthews

SCHOOL: Texas A&M

ROUND/PICK: First, sixth overall

TWITTER: @jake_matthews75

EXPECTED ROLE:  He’s expected to compete for the starting right tackle position next season, after playing left tackle last season for the Aggies.

Below on stories and bios on the draft class.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

[More]

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.

DRAFT CLASS STORIES

Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra’Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for [More]

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]