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  • Antone Smith a Darkhorse for Return Responsibilities?

    2 years, 3 months ago

    Running back Antone Smith laughs when he thinks back on all his punt and kick return experience. Probably because there isn’t much of it. Save for two games during his freshman year at Florida State, the fourth-year Falcon hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire with his return game. But that could all change [...]

  • Robert James Hoping to Make His Mark in 2012

    2 years, 3 months ago

    To linebacker Robert James, this year feels like a last chance of sorts. A fifth-round selection in what was a highly-publicized 2008 NFL Draft for the Falcons, James has spent much of his time in Atlanta toiling on the practice squad or backing up on the 53-man roster. With his fifth year now upon him [...]

  • Special Teams, Not Catches, Crucial to Picking No. 5 WR

    2 years, 3 months ago

    You’ll read it nearly every day if you’re on Twitter: “Kevin Cone just made a great catch,” or “James Rodgers is really quick off the ball and runs nice routes.” It may lead some to believe that those abilities have created front-runners for the race at the No. 5 wide receiver position, but the truth [...]

  • Falcons to Get Into Pads During the Weekend

    2 years, 4 months ago

    It’s always fun when the hitting starts during Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp, and according to head coach Mike Smith, that will be getting underway this weekend. Smith explained to the media Thursday that the Falcons go through a four-day buildup period before putting on the pads. That means starting Saturday, the Falcons will [...]

  • Players Lending Input Into New Coordinators’ Schemes

    2 years, 4 months ago

    The first day of 2012 Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp went about as smooth as can be considering the Falcons are continuing to hone and perfect new offensive and defensive schemes. The additions of new offensive and defensive coordinators in the offseason might sound like a huge wrench in the flow of things as [...]

  • Veteran Safety Chris Hope Eager to Lead

    2 years, 4 months ago

    With the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans, veteran safety Chris Hope had a close relationship with everyone in the organization — from coaches to scouts to grounds crew to cooks. He knew everyone, and everyone knew him. So his first day wearing red and black was a little bit odd for the 11-year veteran. [...]

  • Falcons Report for Camp, Eager to Hit the Field

    2 years, 4 months ago

    For linebacker Stephen Nicholas, Wednesday couldn’t come fast enough. But all the Falcons trickling into the team’s headquarters in Flowery Branch, reporting for 2012 Russell Athletic Training Camp, felt the same way. They’re just ready to hit the field. Nicholas, in particular, had to watch from the sidelines throughout OTAs and minicamp as an injury [...]

  • Stephen Nicholas, Lamar Holmes Cleared for Camp

    2 years, 4 months ago

    With the news of linebacker Lofa Tatupu being lost for the season with a pectoral injury comes the good news that the Falcons will return two players who weren’t able to participate during OTAs and minicamps due to injuries. Head coach Mike Smith confirmed Tuesday that linebacker Stephen Nicholas and rookie tackle Lamar Holmes have [...]

  • Smith Says LB Lofa Tatupu Will Miss Entire Season

    2 years, 4 months ago

    During the weekend, head coach Mike Smith announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu suffered a pectoral injury during a recent workout. On Tuesday came more bad news, as Smith announced Tatupu’s season is over. “As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week,” Smith said. “After further testing, it was determined that he would require [...]

  • PFT.com Names Falcons No. 12 Team of Preseason

    2 years, 4 months ago

    The popular site ProFootballTalk.com has been naming its top teams of the preseason this week, and after a long — and good — wait, the site has ranked the Falcons as the No. 12 team heading into August in their power rankings. Calling the Falcons a team that “might be built for the long haul,” [...]

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