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The Atlanta Falcons almost began the season without Jason Snelling. Now he could be one of the keys to the team's playoff hopes.
Most of Snelling's playing time in his five seasons in Atlanta has come at running back. Beginning with this week's game at Indianapolis, he has an opportunity to prove he take over as the starter at fullback.
Pro Bowl fullback Ovie Mughelli's season-ending knee injury in Atlanta's win at Detroit on Oct. 23 leaves Snelling as the probable new starter. Mughelli, who was placed on injured reserve last week, had surgery on Monday to repair a tear in his right MCL.
The Falcons signed fullback Mike Cox last week, but Snelling appears to be the first option to replace Mughelli. Snelling's normal dual role as a backup at running back and fullback will change as he focuses on blocking.
''As you know, Jason has been kind of that back who can play both,'' coach Mike Smith said after Monday's practice. ''That...
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The hype surrounding Saturday’s college football showdown between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama made its way into the Falcons locker room.
Center Todd McClure (LSU) and quarterback John Parker Wilson (Alabama) stood toe-to-toe Wednesday defending their alma maters.
“We can pick any 22 guys to go out and play against this Alabama team, it doesn’t matter,” McClure said. “They...
CineSport’s Noah Coslov turns to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC to discuss rookie WR Julio Jones’ impact and how the bye gives them an advantage against the Colts.
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This is the final installment of Blogging Dirty’s mid-season grades. We have already graded the Defensive Line,Linebackers, Defensive Backs, Offensive Line and QBs/RBs.Now it is the turn of the Falcons Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.WR Julio Jones (A-) – Julio has made an incredibly promising start to his Atlanta Falcon career. Snagging 25 catches for 358 yards in only four...
FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who missed the last two games, returned
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to practice on Monday.
Jones suffered a hamstring injury...
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– Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will be out three to four weeks with a back injury head coach Mike Smith announced Wednesday.
Baker had been playing well after a slow start to the season. He had tough matchups in the opener against...
As the Falcons are on a bye this week, it seems like a good time to analyse how our Falcons have played so far this year. We will be going unit by unit on the team over the next week or so. We have already graded the Defensive Line, Linebackers, Defensive Backs and Offensive Line.Now it is the turn of the Falcons Quarterbacks and Running Backs.QB Matt Ryan (B-) – Matt is certainly...
All-Pro wide receiver Roddy White, who led the league with 113 catches last season, has 39 catches for 425 yards and four touchdowns. He's on pace to catch 89 passes this season.
With rookie sensation Julio Jones possibly returning, White believes he can pick up the pace.
"I don't think I'm doing too well right now," White said. "Not what I expect out...
Reggie Kelly is an icon in Mississippi. He was home to mentor the kids of Aberdeen and catch a football game. Listen to Reggie talk about his new book and life after football.
Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss three to four weeks with a back injury, coach Mike Smith said Wednesday.
Atlanta Falcons left tackle Sam Baker will miss three to four weeks with a back injury, coach Mike Smith said Wednesday. Will Svitek, who started for Baker in the Falcons' 23-16 victory at Detroit two weeks ago, is expected to take his place again Sunday when Atlanta (4-3) visits Indianapolis (0-8).