Tag:Atlanta Falcons
Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:21 pm

Big night for the Jerry brothers

Posted by Andy Benoit

Falcons 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry is essentially still waiting to launch his NFL career. Jerry suffered a serious knee injury in his second game last season. His long, arduous recovery will finally culminate with a return to the field Friday night against the Dolphins.

Lining up across from Jerry will be his younger brother, John, Miami’s third-round rookie. The two played together at South Panola High (Mississippi) and at Ole Miss, and plenty of on-field battles have occurred over the years.

"We always went one-on-one, so it’s nothing new," John told Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "It’s just going to be a ballgame. He doesn’t have on the same color I have on, and I don’t have on the same color he has on, so it’s going to be a war. I’m pretty sure he looks at it the same way.”

It’s a big game for both Jerry brothers. Peria is testing his knee and being counted on to spearhead the interior of Atlanta’s offensive line. John is trying to prove that he deserves the starting job coaches have force-fed him.

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:07 pm

Veteran movement from today

Posted by Andy Benoit

Three teams brought in new veterans to provide depth Monday. The Redskins signed former Steelers safety Tyrone Carter; the Patriots traded for Falcons guard Quinn Ojinnaka; and the Bears signed former Redskins quarterback Todd Collins.

The Carter signing is surprising given Washington’s plentiful depth at safety. Third-year pro Kareem Moore is expected to win the starting job opposite LaRon Landry. That leaves two young former starters in Chris Horton and Reed Doughty filling the second string. Coaches haven’t been thrilled with Horton’s inconsistency, and Doughty tends to take bad angles at times. But both are quality backups. So what’s Washington’s plan with Carter?

Some observers have raised questions about New England’s Ojinnaka acquisition. The fifth-year pro is suspended the first game of the season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy (domestic violence in May 2009). But, the uncomfortable truth is that New England needs depth up front, and Ojinnaka is a fairly versatile 300-pounder with 12 career starts. And the good news about a one-game suspension is that it’s only one game.

Of course, as ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas pointed out, with the Falcons drafting Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley, it was possible that Ojinnaka wasn’t going to make the Falcons final roster anyway. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff may have used his relationship with is former Patriot front office colleagues to his advantage here.

As for Collins – obviously, he gives the Bears security in the event that Jay Cutler gets hurt or suddenly collapses under the weight of his own ego.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:39 pm

Quinn Ojinnaka traded to Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson

The Atlanta Falcons have a very good (and very underrated) offensive line. The Patriots are in need of depth on the line, primarily because of Logan Mankins' holdout. The Patriots have lots of draft picks (always and forever). The Falcons have Quinn Ojinnaka.

Er, had -- the team just announced that they traded him to the Patriots in a deal that (see: above) makes a lot of sense for both teams.

Ojinnaka, a reserve guard who was drafted by Atlanta in the fifth round of 2006, started five games at right guard for the Falcons last year.

He'll also miss the Pats first game after being suspended -- it carries over in trades, natch -- for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 11:00 pm

Falcons have no plans to add WRs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two WRs are lost for the season, but the Atlanta Falcons aren’t going to troll the free agent market looking for replacements. So writes the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

Fifth-round pick Kerry Meier is lost for the season with a knee injury, and Michael Jenkins is out for the time being with a shoulder. But the Falcons opened camp with 11 players and now are down to nine for the final two preseason games.

I guess they feel that’s enough.

"Michael is going to be back around the opening of the season," said Falcons coach Mike Smith after Saturday's morning practice. "We feel good about our guys. Harry [Douglas] is back. So I don't anticipate that we need to do anything in terms of our roster."

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 9:30 am

Hot Routes 8.21.10: injuries galore

Posted by Andy Benoit

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Atari Bigby, currently recovering from ankle surgery, could be headed for PUP. Doctors are saying the strong safety might need eight weeks to get healthy again.

Falcons fifth-round rookie receiver Kerry Meier is out for the season with a knee injury.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye needs wrist surgery and has been put on Injured Reserve.

Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride are in a hot competition for the Cardinals’ No. 2 corner job. This tells you that the second-year pro Toler hasn’t played up to expectations; the job was supposed to be his to begin with.

Donovan McNabb and Chris Cooley are building a strong rapport in Washington.

One more Redskins note: despite missing chunks of practice for…whatever ailment he seems to have this week…Albert Haynesworth would like to play Saturday against the Ravens.

Chris Johnson was so proud of his accomplishments in 2009 that he got some new tattoos to commemorate them. Click here to take a look.

The punter position has been a problem for Green Bay (the team tied for last in the NFL in net punting average in 2009). It could just be exaggerated optimism, but coaches think things are turning around.

With safety Louis Delmas’s status for Week 1 in question (groin injury), more and more people are calling on the Lions to acquire disgruntled Chiefs safety Jarrad Page.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 8:29 am

Biermann could garner a starting job in Atlanta

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 19, 2010 7:22 pm

Preseason game previews 8.19.10

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two preseason games tonight:

The Bills and Colts face each other in Toronto, and the Patriots and Falcons, after spending some quality practice time together the past few days, will meet at the Georgia Dome in a nationally-televised game on Fox.

That means we have two questions apiece for each squad as they head into their second exhibition game.


1)How will QB Brian Brohm perform? In Buffalo’s first preseason game, Trent Edwards started, and Ryan Fitzpatrick was the second man in. Tonight, Edwards will start and Brohm will back him. My question: why not just start Brohm and see what you’ve got?

2)Can C.J. Spiller stay healthy? He’d better. If not, he’ll join fellow RBs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the sideline. Then, who would Buffalo play?


1)Will backup QB Curtis Painter play any better? Because in the first game, he was brutal, and fans aren’t happy.

2)Will S Bob Sanders play at all? Although he’s feeling better than he has the past few years, I wouldn’t expect to see him. No reason to push him too hard in the preseason. At some point, though, you’d like to see him get back on the field.


1)How will the secondary look against Tom Brady? In practice, the Falcons struggled against him and WR Randy Moss. Atlanta’s DBs have been awful the past half-decade. They’ll need to make progress at some point, right?

2)How will WR Brian Finneran look? The Falcons might actually need him this year. Will he continue to progress even as he enters his mid-30s?


1)Will we see WR Wes Welker for the first time? He’s on the trip to Atlanta, so that’s a positive sign. I would say he’s 50-50. Pregame reports say he’s fully dressed. So maybe he will play.

2)Will Brandon Spikes continue to make a push to start at LB? Spikes has performed well with Gary Guyton trying to rehab an injury. If Spikes continues to play well, he could beat out Guyton.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.

Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.

In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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