Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:42 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Looks like Ray Edwards is going to have to put his boxing career on hold for, say, the next five years. That’s because the defensive end, formerly of the Vikings, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Falcons, Foxsports.com’s Jay Glazer is reporting.
This news comes on the heels of Atlanta cutting loose former No. 1 draft picks, DL Jamaal Anderson and WR Michael Jenkins, which saved the Falcons nearly $8 million against the salary cap.
Edwards definitely should help Atlanta’s defensive line. He’s accumulated 16.5 sacks in the past two seasons, and he’ll team up with John Abraham and Kroy Biermann to form what should be a pretty solid pass rush for the Falcons.
But if you just want to see what Edwards can do in a boxing ring and what he (and you!) will be missing while he plays football, click the video below.
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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:36 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 2:18 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
2.) Rethinking the NFC?
Note: The original diagnosis of a "displaced hamstring" for Finley was accurate (Finley says he's had the issue before), but his knee was actually the bigger deal. On Monday we learned that Finley will undergo arthroscopic surgery and miss around three weeks.
4.) You play to win the game. Hello ?!
5.) Which brings us to…
6.) That other team with quarterback drama
7.) Another change…
8.) NFC East
9.) Move the fans
10.) Quick Hits
***Is Todd Collins the first quarterback in NFL history to get benched late in the third quarter despite his team protecting a 14-point lead? What’s funny is that Collins clearly deserved the hook. If Mike Martz had called just four or five more deep passes outside the numbers, Collins would have found a way to finish with more interceptions than completions. (In the end, he had six completions and four picks.) The only thing shakier than Collins’ accuracy was his decision-making when his pocket trembled.
***Hard to decide who had the better self-tipped interception, Julius Peppers or Kroy Biermann. Obviously, Biermann returned his for six points, while Peppers did not. But Peppers had the wherewithal to shush the Carolina crowd after the play, which was a nice touch.
***Carson Palmer’s first interception – the pick six to Cody Grimm – was inexcusable. But his second was on Terrell Owens for not coming back to the ball. And the third was on Chad Ochocinco for deflecting it up in the air.
***Disappointing to see the Rams not show up in Detroit. Instead of that game giving us the story one of super awful team and one potential Cinderella, it just gave us the story of two really bad teams. The Rams are 2-3; the Lions are 1-4. The Mark Clayton injury is devastating for St. Louis. He had finally blossomed after joining a team in which he was the elder statesman.
***Memo to all announcers: quit saying a team “burned a timeout” when the team is using the timeout to stop the clock late in a game. That’s not burning a timeout – that’s wisely spending it. Burning a timeout is when you call one early in a half because of miscommunication.
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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:24 am
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Posted on: August 21, 2010 8:29 am
Posted by Andy Benoit
Kroy Biermann was one of the few bright stars for the Falcons in their Thursday night loss to the Patriots. So maybe it should come as no surprise that the third-year pro from Montana is inching closer to a starting job.
Biermann has two sacks and two forced fumbles in the preseason. His high energy and ability to shed blocks on the lateral move make him as potent (or at least almost as potent) against the run as against the pass.
After Thursday’s game, Falcons head coach Mike Smith was asked if Biermann was in contention for a starting job.
"There’s no doubt about it," Smith said. "Production is what it’s all about, and Kroy is definitely making a statement with his play in these first two ballgames."
Biermann isn’t getting carried away. "I want to help this team win," he said, according to Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journa Constitution . "I don't care how they want to use me. I don't care if that's special teams. If it's on the [defensive] line dropping into coverage or rushing. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it and do it to the best of my ability."
Biermann, a former fifth-round pick, had five sacks last season as a situational pass-rusher. If he is to start, he’ll have to beat out former first-round pick Jamaal Anderson. Anderson has been a disappointment as a pass-rusher, but he is very stout against the run.
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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz
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-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.
-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.
-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .
-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.
-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.
-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.
-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.
-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.
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Posted on: August 17, 2010 10:12 am
Posted by Will Brinson
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