Found December 20, 2011 on
PLAYERS: Matt Bosher
TEAMS: Atlanta Falcons
Falcons rookie kicker Matt Bosher is near the bottom in punting average, but first in fair catches. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.comFLOWERY BRANCH –  Falcons coach Mike Smith has been pleased with the progress of rookie punter Matt Bosher. (BTW, he wasn’t too happy with the blocked punt vs. Jax, but that wasn’t on Bosher). “He’s really helped us in the field position battle,” Smith said. “When you win the field position battle, it usually leads to good things. It also can lead to winning the time of possession battle.” Bosher, a sixth-round pick from Miami, got off to a bumpy start but has come on over the past six games. During those games, he’s averaged 45.9, 45.4., 33, 50.4, 50.5 and 40.8 yards. His season averages are a respectable 42.1 yards gross and 38.5 yards net. “The special teams players have been getting down field and helping out on my punts by forcing a lot of fair catches and making tackles so my net average is good,” Bosher said. Falcons special teams …

Kelvin Hayden could return against New Orleans

Before facing the top-rated offense and top-rated passing attack in the league, the Falcons are doing everything they can to get their secondary back up to full strength. Nickel back Kelvin Hayden has missed the last four games due to a gruesome dislocated toe, but he's angling to be on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field on Monday night when the Falcons play the Saints. "...

Falcons aim to pressure Drew Brees

The Falcons hope to take their pass rush to New Orleans In the previous meeting, the Falcons were not able to sack New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. The Falcons are hoping that a healthy and revitalized John Abraham is ready to lead the charge when the two NFC South foes meet on Dec. 26. Abraham was a disruptive force with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the 41-14 pummeling...

Mike Smith moving on from health concerns

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith announced on Monday that tests he underwent on Friday as follow-ups to his hospitalization on Dec. 11 in Charlotte were not related to his heart. Asked what the issue was, Smith elected not to reveal the problem. Guys, this is definitely going to be the last time that I address it, Smith said. I want to be as transparent...

Brent Grimes set to return to practice

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes intercepts Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Curtis Compton, FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons’ secondary could be at full strength for their matchup with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints’ vaunted passing attack. Starting right cornerback Brent Grimes, who has missed three games after having knee surgery, is set to return...

Moneyball 2011 – Week 15 Review

A pretty outstanding performance in this game for the Falcons. The Jaguars basically failed to show up for this one, and the Falcons took full advantage of their no-show. Matt Ryan had little issue moving the ball through the air, with Roddy White having an outstanding game. Julio Jones also made some really nice plays and catches, but this really was all about Roddy. Tony Gonzalez...

A Little Falcons Revelry Post-Jags

Having a full ten days between games makes for a great time to look forward to the Saints, and appreciate the tail whuppin’ the Falcons put on the Jaguars. I was in the Georgia Dome on Thursday, and I’ll be honest, by Sunday I was already ready for the Falcons to be playing again. The way the Dirty Birds looked was an absolute pleasure to watch in every single aspect of the game...

Atlanta Falcons team report: Abraham, Edwards have been playing hobbled

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