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As personalities go, Curtis Lofton's and Asante Samuel's couldn't be much more different.
Lofton, the former Falcons middle linebacker and a leader of the defense, was as serious as a heart attack, as the saying goes. Lofton departed via free agency to Atlanta's NFC South rival New Orleans and his absence left something of a leadership void on the defense. The Falcons also have not re-signed veteran linebacker Mike Peterson, a vocal leader of the defense over the last three seasons who will soon be 36, even if he played a diminished role last season.
Enter Samuel, the four-time Pro-Bowl cornerback for whom the Falcons traded a seventh-round pick to Philadelphia following the draft. He wasn't even starting in the team's base defense on the first day of offseason team activities on Tuesday, but, my, did he make his presence felt -- both in terms of plays and by injecting a heavy dose of personality into the unit.
It wasn't just that he had two intercepti...
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The Atlanta Falcons defense is looking more and more different every day during OTAs. It has been widely reported that “Mr Pick 6” Asante Samuel has made an early impact on and off the field. On a team filled with potential superstars on defense, it is about time somebody put a jolt on the defense.
Guys like Sean Weatherspoon, William Moore, Brent Grimes and Corey...
Sam Baker is a former 1st round pick, but lost his starting job last season to Will Svitek, who didn’t play well. The Falcons have put him back as the 1st string left tackle for now, saying that his struggles last year were the result of a back injury. However, Baker has been a disappointment throughout his career and the Falcons used a 3rd round pick on a tackle in Lamar Holmes...
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi, a fifth-round pick from Troy.
The Falcons have signed each of their six draft picks.
Massaquoi (6-3, 264) is expected to boost the Falcons' pass rush after getting 19 sacks in 25 games for Troy. He led the Sun Belt Conference with 13 12 sacks in 2010.
Massaquoi participated in the Falcons'...
Lofa Tatupu was out of football last year, but was signed by the Falcons this offseason and is currently getting the 1st team reps in OTAs. Tatupu has a laundry list of injury problems, but he’s not yet 30 and he’s a 3 time Pro Bowler and currently healthy. The Falcons took a flier on him to replace Curtis Lofton and they are giving him every chance to prove he can still start...
Over the last week we've been counting down our choices for the top players on the 2012 Atlanta Falcons roster and we are nearing the end. So far we've featured Tyson Clabo (#10), Michael Turner (#9), Asante Samuel (#8), Tony Gonzalez (#7), Brent Grimes (#6) and Julio Jones (#5). The next man on the list represents the present and the future of the Falcons defense.
We continue our top ten countdown of the best players on the 2012 Atlanta Falcons roster with a man that was a controversial addition last season. So far we've featured Tyson Clabo (#10), Michael Turner (#9), Asante Samuel (#8), Tony Gonzalez (#7) and Brent Grimes (#6). Now it's time to talk about one of the players that will be critical for the Falcons offense this season...
According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, veteran Lofa Tatupu was lined up as the Falcons’ starting middle linebacker during Tuesday’s drills.
This is a great sign for a talented veteran like Tatupu, who’s looking to stay healthy and revive his career in Atlanta. As long as he can stay out of the trainer’s room, he should be a starter this year.
Under new coordinator Dirk Koetter, the Falcons are expected to use more of a no-huddle offensive attack in 2012.
Matt Ryan has made strides in each year since being selected with the No. 3 overall pick by the Falcons in 2008, and could be in store for a breakout campaign as a fantasy gunslinger in 2012.
And this will boost the fantasy stock of top targets Roddy White...
According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters will miss the remainder of OTA’s and this month’s minicamp after suffering a foot injury this offseason. He’s expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp.
Peters had a nice 2011 season after recording 26 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 interception.
When it comes to having an electrifying offense in the NFL in this day and age, it is almost a requirement to have multiple wide outs with monster playmaking ability. Without a doubt, this thought was at the forefront of the minds in the main office of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 Draft when they paid a high price to move up and select Julio Jones with the 6th overall pick. ...
The Atlanta Falcons were the only team able to finagle a trade for CB Asante Samuel and there is good reason for their interest. It might not have to do with Samuel as much as it has to do with Atlanta’s defensive problems. Plus, more talk on Asher Allen and other notes around the league.
The 2012 NFL season may just be a make or break year for the Atlanta Falcons, especially in the NFC South following the New Orleans Saints and all of their misfortunes this offseason. If Atlanta is unable to take that next step forward this year, it will lead many people, including myself, to wonder if this Falcons team has what it takes to advance in the playoffs.
Every year around...