They'll continue to get weapons for the offense. They'll stick with the bigger and more athletic offensive and defensive linemen.
He's doing very well. The pass rush is clearly going to be a collective effort. If he can step up on the right side, that will be helpful. Osi should do well in a designated role. I understand the worries about the pass rush, but you don't need a pass rush if its third-and-2 all the time.
You have to be able to run the ball, but you don't need a 25 carry, 150 yards per game back. I like Freeman. His future is bright! He has to learn how to block like Dunn, though.
Dominique Davis was beaten out by Sean Renfree over the offseason and didn't have any practice squad eligibility left. The Falcons plan to only going to carry two quarterbacks and third one will be on the practice squad. When Yates became available, the Falcons pulled the trigger on the trade. Darius Johnson left to get into coaching. Drew Davis injury his left foot/leg in minicamp.
"Why did let Dominique Davis, and Darius Johnson go, when they were the only people at their positions that actually were trying to do well?
What happened Drew Davis? " -- Rico
Thanks for your kind words JT! I'm very impressed with the defensive line. Paul Soliai is a MAN!!!! Tyson Jackson is huge, too. The offensive line looks much improved and will be on the move a lot. They'll be pulling and trap blocking under new position coach Mike Tice. I want to see them against competition. We'll get that on Monday when Tennessee comes to town.
On Hard Knocks you might see the players turning in their playbooks or team-issued iPads. The team considers that proprietary information. Audibles may be changed, but not wholesale information or schematic changes are made when players are released.
When a player is released during camp or during the season, how does the staff respond to protecting the playbook? Aren't the player's that are released already educated on the Falcons playbook? Are plays and strategies changed after each departure? --Jennifer
I didn't see the play. The Falcons don't release specific medical information. My experience tells me that a one week deal is likely some sort of bone bruise.
What was the play/incident that caused the injury to Southward? Specifically, what is the injury to his knee?
It's minor. I'd have to look it up in the NFLPA data base, but he signed a vet minimum deal that might not have been in the top 51 contracts. I think he was just insurance in case Corey Peters didn't make it back. Of course, Peters is looking fine and hopes to open the season on time.
What effect does the retirement of P. Jerry have on our salary cap? What are our chances of replacing him with a cap causality from another team during training camp? --Randy
Julio looks fine. He's one tough kid. I don't have the benefit of getting to see his x-rays like in the good old days. We have to take their word with no independent medical analysis.
Julio - is he going to be ready. please tell the real story. you are very trustworthy. thanks,dickiedawg -
I don't think so. If my memory serves me correctly, he signed a three-year deal at low numbers.
Everybody is doing that. Alfred Morris in the late rounds for the Redskins is the model. Teams have under-valued the position in the passing league. I was just reading about this on the plane in the Sports Illustrated. The one with Eddy Lacy on the cover.
Why do we keep trying to find that diamond in the rough when it comes to running backs? We think Jackson is the answer? Rodgers? Help me understand their philosophy. Hope the changes in defense personnel helps. -- From Hugo
We can go a little longer today. up to about 12:50 or so.
A contract extension is most likely to be completed in the late-Oct/Nov window. He's not going to get close to free agency.
Injuries are a part of the game. Baker and Jones appear fine. Jackson is a concern because it's the fourth consecutive year that he's had a soft tissue injury and he's 31, which is old for a running back.
Yes, you can't question his work ethic. He's a tireless worker and I think it shows in his ability to read defenses.
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Greetings!!!! On the way to Canton. About to land in Charlotte..
Thanks for dropping by this week. It was a blast.
The H BO folks are professionals. Some of the best in the business. Maybe the cameras will inspire the Falcons to practice harder. Back in the 1960s, Vince Lombardi invited Steve Sabol back to practice after one day because he felt his players went a little harder with the cameras rolling.
EARLY POLL RESULTS
Make the playoffs as a wild card? 48.44% (109 votes)
Miss the playoffs? 33.33% (75 votes)
Make the playoffs as NFC South champion? 18.22% (41 votes)
Total Votes: 225
Ryan was dynamite behind that line last year. It's miracle he survived. I think they hope to lean more heavily on the rushing attack this year. That should make him more dangerous.
Schultz says I'm pandering for page views with my Cheerleader pics. I just support the program. Mrs. Chato and her girls work hard!!!