Found August 20, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The Falcons' depth at tackle took a major blow when head coach Mike Smith announced on Monday that their top reserve at that position Will Svitek, who started 10 games last season at left tackle, will miss the entire season with an upper arm injury. Svitek took over last season for 2008 first-round pick Sam Baker, who started the first six games last season and then lost his job to Svitek for reasons of injury and ineffectiveness. To start this season, Baker has been back in his customary left tackle position. Svitek also played the jumbo tight end position in short-yardage situations. The position figured prominently in former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey's system, which was more fun-focused, but might not be as important in new coordinator Dirk Koetter's. Regardless, the Falcons are now left with untested players should either starting tackle go down. Tyson Clabo, a Pro-Bowler in 2010, is the starting right tackle. The Falcons spent their...

With many changes, Turner wants to stay sharp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Since joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, Michael Turner has become one of the NFL's most productive running backs, rushing for the second-most yards in the league in '08 (1,699 yards) and leading the NFC last season. Each year, questions arise as to how he has grown a year older he's 30 now and as to whether the many punishing carries he has...

Falcons rookie QB Davis making big impression

Once again, Dominique Davis is the new quarterback in camp, marveling at the work of established starter Matt Ryan. And Ryan is also impressed with the play of Davis. Davis joined the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent from East Carolina. He began his college career at Boston College, where he was redshirted in Ryan's 2007 senior season. The Falcons opened training...

With Svitek, Holmes must be ready

  Lamar Holmes has had a quiet beginning to his career in Atlanta. Not long after being drafted, he suffered a foot injury that kept him out of OTAs and mini-camps. Then with the start of training camp, very little buzz surrounded him. He even sat out the first two preseason games. This Friday, against the Dolphins, Holmes will dawn his Falcon uniform for game action the first...

Preseason Stock Exchange (Week 2)

Here is a look at which players increased and decreased their chances of making the Falcons roster this year, as well as which players are setting themselves up for success and others who are not. Stock Up QB Dominique Davis – Davis built off his previously solid performance against the Ravens to play at a level where it seems now a forgone conclusion that he has made this...

Julio Jones Poised For Breakout in 2012

Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie thinks second-year wideout Julio Jones can catch 80 passes this season "sleepwalking," according to Yahoo! Sports.Fantasy Spin:Robiskie compared listening to Jones running to being at a morning workout at the Kentucky Derby, and said the team will have some new wrinkles designed to get the ball in the young wideout's hand faster...

Falcons Links: Svitek Out, Hali Suspended

Will Svitek out for the Season Will Svitek, the Falcons backup left tackle, will miss the upcoming season after sustaining an upper right arm injury. The injury occurred during Sunday’s practice, the final of training camp, and coach Mike Smith made the announcement Monday. This needs no explanation     Tamba Hali Suspended Week One Vs Falcons Tamba Hali has been suspended...

Falcons Links: Calvin Cut, Second String QB Up for Grabs

Dominique Davis in Hunt for #2 QB Gig “Whoever the best backup guy is, whether if he’s a 10-year vet or a rookie, is going to be our backup quarterback,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice on Saturday. “I think you have to go out there and let the play on the field [decide]. … It’s a matter of who plays the best.” Redman and Wilson have not played well...

Falcons try to sort out a crowded secondary

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer The Atlanta Falcons have a wealth of talent in the secondary. Now, they've got to figure out how to make it all work together. The team already had two high-priced cornerbacks, Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, then went out and acquired another during the offseason. The Falcons landed four-time...

Atlanta Falcons 2012 NFL Team Preview

Athlon Sports is counting down its 2012 NFL preseason Power Rankings with in-depth team previews, schedule analysis and more as the start of the...

When Will QB Call Be Made?

Coach Joe Philbin had hoped to have his starting quarterback decision firmed up by the third preseason game. But five days before the Dolphins are set to face the Atlanta Falcons, he's not so sure his timetable will be met.
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