Found July 13, 2012 on Grits Blitz:

Falcons training camp opens July 26th but it feels like that date will never get here. The first pre-season game is Thursday August 9th as the Falcons host the Baltimore Ravens but there is a scrimmage before that date that might interest some of the Falcons fans. On Friday August 3rd, the Falcons will once again take their game to a high school at their "Friday Night Lights" event. This year it will be at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee and is slated to run from 6:45 to 9:10. The event is free for the public. Let's take a trip around the net to see what people are saying about the Falcons:

jerry-rice-49ersThis guy thinks Julio Jones is going to be pretty good

Jerry Rice sees a breakout year for Julio Jones

Appearing on SportsCenter Wednesday, ESPN’s Jerry Rice nominated Jones as his top breakout wide receiver for 2012.

“I love this kid,” said Rice. “He’s awesome. He’s big, he’s fast. … I think he’s gonna have a breakout season this coming year.”


Mike Smith knows he will be judged by the Falcons playoffs

"I think ultimately we are both going to be judged on success in the postseason," Smith said on Wednesday via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "There have been a lot of teams and a lot of players that have broken through and gotten that first win. That's why we are doing everything in our power to figure out how to get that done.


Falcons DEs will fall back into coverage less

Edwards said Nolan expects him to “put relentless pressure on the quarterback” and to get after the quarterback non-stop.

“Last year we had a lot of drop-back with us, but now it’s just getting after the quarterback and making things happen,” said Edwards.



White defends Paterno, Penn St.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White took to Twitter to express his thoughts on what was contained in the Freeh Report and now is facing a bit of a backlash.

Jerry Rice predicts breakout season for Julio Jones

As it’s quickly become a predominantly passing league, the NFL is stockpiled with young, talented receivers who are ready to take their game to the next level. One in particular has caught the eye of a former legend. During an appearance on SportsCenter Wednesday, Jerry Rice gushed over Julio Jones, predicting a breakout year for the 23-year-old Falcons wideout. “I love this...

Jerry Rice believes Julio Jones will have a breakout year

Getty Images Former NFL great Jerry Rice believes that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio jones is poised for a breakout year in 2012. “I love this kid,” said Rice on SportsCenter, per “He’s awesome. He’s big, he’s fast. … I think he’s gonna have a breakout season this coming year.” Jones had a nice rookie year in 2011, but in order for him...

Falcons’ Brent Grimes likely won’t get an extension until after the season

Getty Images According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, everything’s been quiet when it comes to cornerback Brent Grimes getting a long-term extension done with the Falcons. Ledbetter pointed out that the Falcons don’t have enough cap room to get a deal done before next offseason.  So Grimes will have to play the 2012 season under the franchise tag...

Falcons, Brent Grimes working on extension ahead of deadline

Though there has been little to no activity between the two sides since Brent Grimes signed his 10.281 million dollar tender in April,’s Paul Yasinskas says that he wouldn’t “rule out” an extension for Brent Grimes from the Falcons before next Monday’s deadline for franchise players to sign long term deals. Grimes was one of the league’s top cornerbacks last...

Camp Battles 2012: Tight EndsCamp Battles 2012: Tight Ends

The tight end position should feature some heavy competition throughout training camp for the Falcons, as the team looks to expand its depth behind long-time starter Tony Gonzalez. The team made the decision to bring Gonzalez back for one more year last January, a smart decision considering his future Hall of Fame status. But one of the weaknesses of the Falcons position is that...

Falcons Links: 8-8?, Spoon, Jake Long and the Pass Rush

Let's take another look around the web at some of the more interesting links about the Falcons from the past few days. First let's bask in the awesomeness that is Julio Jones, then check out the links.       NFC South Preview from (I knew there was a reason I hated U2): I’m not a big fan of what Atlanta has done (or should we say, hasn’t...

Jerry Rice praises Falcons’ Julio Jones

While he was on Sportscenter today, Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice named Julio Jones as the receiver who will have a breakout year this season. Normally, things like this are not newsworthy, but if you’re a receiver, there isn’t anyone’s praise you want more than Jerry Rice’s. Jones has unlimited athletic talent and caught 54 passes for 959 yards and 8 touchdowns last...

Roddy White Doesn’t Get It

A lot of stuff get swept under the rug at university’s don’t understand why penn state had to tell the media we got a coach rapping kids — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 12, 2012 I think this might be a little different than the money some booster used to slip you after a big game, Roddy.

Someone please stop Roddy White from tweeting

Look, we’re all for freedom of speech and being able to read everyone’s view on everything on Twitter. But it comes a point where some people need to be stopped from sharing their views on Twitter. And today is that point for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. White used a full 2 hours of his day defending Joe Paterno on his Twitter account today. Something that we don’t...
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