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A couple of days ago we learned that Lofa Tatupu had suffered a pectoral injury. Now we find out that he will be out for the season. Obviously, this is bad news as fans were looking forward to seeing what Tatupu had left in the tank and if he could seize the middle linebacker job that was left vacant when Curtis Lofton decided to study witchcraft and bounty hunting instead of playing football.
Time for Dent to step forward
With Tatupu out that paves the way for former Georgia Bulldog Akeem Dent to grab the middle linebacker position. As a rookie, Dent played in 17 games and made 21 tackles. Most of his opportunity came on special teams as he was one of the better special teams players that the Falcons had last year and improved as the season progressed.
Dent is very strong against the run. Here are some snippets from Tom Melton's scouting report from when he was coming out of college:
Positives: Good size, strength and closing speed for his size. Reads run very quickly and flows to the ball very nicely. Plays downhill well and fills extremely well against the run and is an absolute tackling machine. Very reliable wrap up tackler and he shows some pop as a hitter though that is not his mantra. Shows some ability to get off of blocks and moves through the trash well to get to the ball carrier. Gives good effort in pursuit and will chase plays down from the backside. Shows some ability as a blitzer and times up his blitzes pretty well.
Negatives: Doesn’t offer a lot of ability in pass coverage. This is where he struggles. Doesn’t always get very deep in his drops and reads run so well that sometimes his aggressiveness will hurt him as a pass defender.
Sounds a lot like Curtis Lofton to me, which is why we probably let Curtis move on to pursue bounty hunting. Dent will look to grab the role of run stuffing middle linebacker and play a decent amount of snaps except when the Falcons line up in the "Big Nickel".
The Falcons also re-signed veteran Mike Peterson. I see this as solely a "just in case" move. Peterson is a great clubhouse guy and he's a positive presence on the young guys. Nothing bad happens by bringing him in and if he's able to be a solid back-up then it's a solid move. That being said, I would expect the Falcons to keep their eyes open and potential bring in another veteran linebacker as cuts start to happen at training camp.
BEST OF MAXIM
Lofa Tatupu is a 3-time Pro-Bowler, making it in 2005, 2006, and 2007. However, his career was derailed by injuries to the point where he was completely out of football last year. Still only heading into his age 30 season, the Falcons took a chance on him this offseason as a two down run stuffer, to compliment 2011 3rd round pick Akeem Dent.
However, it appears those plans have been...
The Atlanta Falcons are making new plans at middle linebacker after losing Lofa Tatupu for the season with a chest muscle injury.
The Falcons reported Wednesday for Thursday's first day of training camp with second-year player Akeem Dent suddenly cast as the favorite to replace Curtis Lofton in the middle of the defense. Dent spent most of his rookie season on special teams...
Atlanta Falcons’ Lofa Tatupu is out for the 2012 NFL season after tearing his pectoral muscle last week (Credit: AP Photo/David Goldman)
The worst case scenario for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu has come to fruition.
Falcons coach Mike Smith announced Tuesday that the torn pectoral muscle Lofa Tatupu suffered last week will sideline him for the entirety of the 2012 season...
The Atlanta Falcons' defense took a significant blow on Tuesday when head coach Mike Smith announced that linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire season witha torn pectoral muscle. "As you know, Lofa suffered a pectoral injury last week," Smith said on the Falcons website. "After testing, it was determined that he would require a procedure to repair the injury...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Falcons coach Mike Smith says linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the season with a pectoral injury.
Smith said Tuesday tests revealed Tatupu will require season-ending surgery.
The Falcons report for training camp on Wednesday. Akeem Dent, a third-round pick from Georgia in 2011, and veteran Mike Peterson, who was re-signed on Monday, will compete for the starting...
It’s a shame really. Lofa Tatupu was a strong candidate for comeback player of the year. Tatupu signed with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason after being out of football for a year. Tatupu had played six previous seasons in the league, all with the Seattle Seahawks. Tatupu wasn’t able to live up the expectations of the six-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Seahawks...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Lofa Tatupu will miss the entire 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle. The injury was sustained while working out last week.
This could be the end of Tatupu’s career. He decided not to play in 2011 and rest his body after being cut by the Seahawks.
The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed veteran linebacker Mike Peterson to address their need for depth.
The 6-foot-1, 226-pounder played in all but one game of the Falcons, starting five games before being placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury that needed surgery to repair hte damage.
Peterson, 36, recorded 27 tackles with one interception and two pass deflections.
Linebacker Mike Peterson re-signed with the Falcons. The 36-year-old had 27 tackles in 15 games last season, and has 1,611 career tackles in 13 NFL seasons. Atlanta moved to bring Peterson back after Lofa Tatupu suffered a recent pectoral injury.
Moving On: We always saw this ending differently but late last week, the Chargers released veteran defensive end Luis Castillo.Newton’s skill set and WR Steve Smith’s mentorship.
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Toone, Joseph signed; Faulcon released
In addtion to releasing linebacker Lofa Tatupu, the Falcons signed wide receiver Tim Toone, defensive tackle Elisha Joseph, placed defensive tackle Corey Peters (foot injury) on the active, non-football...