Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Safeties

Last season, the Falcons ranked last in the league in pass defense, allowing an average of 279.9 yards per game. That rank can be attributed to the combination of a poor pass rush and bad secondary play. Atlanta returns almost the exact personnel in the secondary as last season, besides the departure of Dwight Lowery and the addition of Jalen Collins. With the change in coaching...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts rookie safety Geathers impressing early

The Colts entered the offseason with a glaring need a safety that they believe they addressed with the re-signing of Pro Bowler Mike Adams and the addition of former Atlanta Falcon Dwight Lowery. They're also getting a contribution from a rookie who may end up earning playing time right away. Head coach Chuck Pagano said fourth-round pick Clayton Geathers has already impressed coaches...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts play taking wait-and-watch approach to NFL draft

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will go through his regular draft routine Thursday night. He'll wait hours, watch anxiously as players get selected and then hope someone he projected to go in the top 20 slides down to No. 29. For the 43-year-old Grigson, who started his front office career as a college scout, this is about as close as football gets to simulating...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts Should Look for Hybrid Defensive Backs in Draft

This year’s draft is chock-full of defensive backs that have the ability – and the likelihood – of switching positions to safety from cornerback. The rise in importance of the safety position in the NFL and a weak class of players that are purely rated as safeties in this year’s draft class are the primary reasons.Despite not being natural or long-time safety prospects, some...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts sign S Dwight Lowery

This is quietly one of the best moves of the off-season as the Colts were able to add a starter at safety for around the veteran’s minimum. With LaRon Landry getting released as a cap casualty and Sergio Brown signing in Jacksonville, Lowery fills a significant need. Dwight Lowery has always been a solid starting safety when healthy. The Falcons signed Lowery cheap last off-season...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

What are the Colts’ Biggest Needs Now?

PFS: Colts visited the topic of what the Colts needed a month ago before free agency struck. Now that the frenzy has died down, the question is still valid but the answers have slightly changed.*The Colts signed safety Dwight Lowery last night. However, as a 29-year-old, mid-tier player, it hardly removes the need for a safety or two. Input given without Lowery signing having occurred...
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April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Dwight Lowery Will Add Stability to Colts Secondary in 2015

Earlier in the week, the Indianapolis Colts reportedly met with Dwight Lowery who will be entering his eighth season in the NFL. The lack of depth at the position, and no perceived starter opposite Mike Adams, heading into the draft obligated the Colts to make a move on Lowery Friday night.The former New York Jets’ fourth-round pick, out of San Jose State, is coming off one of...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts, free agent safety Dwight Lowery agree to terms

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have found another potential starting safety in free agency, agreeing to terms with Dwight Lowery. At 5-foot-11, 212 pounds, the seven-year veteran brings more size and experience to a Colts team intent on winning the Super Bowl after losing to New England in last season's AFC championship game. The terms of the deal Friday were not immediately...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts Sign S Dwight Lowery

The Indianapolis Colts announced the signing of veteran S Dwight Lowery on Friday. Lowery recently met with the Colts and the team had said that they were planning to add a veteran safety at some point, so this probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Lowery, 29, spent last season with the Falcons, and had ... The post Colts Sign S Dwight Lowery appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Free Agency Rankings: Safeties

1. Rahim Moore Rahim Moore struggled as a rookie, but he had a fantastic 2012 season (the gaffe in the playoff loss to Baltimore aside), grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 11th ranked safety. He still looked like one of the league’s better young safeties going into his 3rd year in the league in 2013, but he was only a league average starting safety that year before going down...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers plan to sign RB Ben Tate today

The Pittsburgh Steelers got some good and bad news on Monday in regards to star RB Le’Veon Bell. The good news is that Bell’s injury is not as bad as they thought. The bad news is that Bell will miss this weekend’s Wildcard game against the Baltimore Ravens. With Bell out, the Steelers have turned to a player that they are very familiar with. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons lose both starting safeties vs. Carolina

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons lost starting safeties Dwight Lowery and Kemal Ismael by the midway point of the third quarter Sunday against Carolina. Lowery left with a knee injury in the second quarter. Ishmael hurt his hamstring in the third. Both players were helped off the field. Dezmen Southward, a third-round draft pick, and Sean Baker, a former practice squad player, replaced...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Finish What They Start: Stats From a Sunday Win

It appears there is some light coming out of the tunnel in Flowery Branch as the Atlanta Falcons won for the third time in the last four weeks on Sunday, taking down the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.The win gave Atlanta a 5-7 record as they climb closer to .500 and still hold a tie-breaker edge over the New Orleans Saints.Atlanta’s offense erupted as the passing and running games...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Trufant, Falcons face big test against Gordon

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Cornerback Desmond Trufant knows the Atlanta Falcons' secondary faces a major challenge as Josh Gordon returns this week for Cleveland. With Gordon's 10-game suspension lifted, the Falcons must prepare for an elite receiver who last year led the NFL in total yards and yards per catch. Trufant and his teammates are having a tough time scouting Gordon. There...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs Fall to Falcons in Divisional Matchup

1. Officiating Overturned calls were the biggest factor in the Bucs' loss. Their final drive was evidence of that. Two completions from Josh McCown to rookie receiver Mike Evans (who had a career best eight catches for 133 yards and a touchdown) were overturned from incompletions to crucial conversions. But the call in the end zone in which the officials ruled that Atlanta's Dwight...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons in big trouble after 3rd straight loss

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes. This isn't baseball, where a struggling team might make a blockbuster trade to shake things up. The Falcons (2-4) are pretty much stuck with the guys they've got - and they're not getting the job...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks episode II recap: “Time to make that money”

Life is good for rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones. He’s impressing coaches by showing good hands and strength, even cracking one of the sleds with a powerful hit. But life in the NFL can change in the blink of an eye, particularly for an undrafted rookie, and Nix-Jones found that out rather unexpectedly. After injuries to safeties Dwight Lowery and Dez Southward, the team was...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons: Four observations from combined practice with Titans

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons endured eight training camp sessions, and a modified practice with a scrimmage, prior to Monday's meeting with the Tennessee Titans at Atlanta's training facility. Here are four observations from the combined workout: 1. THE FALCONS ARE SEARCHING FOR A FREE SAFETY With Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at the corners, and William Moore at strong...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Sign Safety Tyrell Johnson

Tyrell Johnson brings depth and five years of NFL experience to the team. (Brace Hemmelgarn) The Atlanta Falcons have signed free safety Tyrell Johnson in light of Dwight Lowery’s uncertain status after suffering a concussion during Friday’s scrimmage. With Dwight Lowery’ season in doubt due to concussion, Falcons add vet safety Tyrell Johnson.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Sign S Tyrell Johnson, Waive FB Roosevelt Nix-Jones

  The Falcons announced the signing of S Tyrell Johnson and that they have placed FB Roosevelt Nix-Jones on waivers Sunday. The Falcons have signed veteran safety Tyrell Johnson and waived FB Roosevelt Nix-Jones. #aftc14 — Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) August 3, 2014 This move comes after concerns regarding FS Dwight Lowery who suffered a concussion recently and could be...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Training camp preview: Position battles facing the Falcons

ATLANTA -- When the NFL closed up on-the-field action with Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, millions of households began counting down to the start of the 2014 season. Sure, the combine, pro days, and the draft help whet appetites, but nothing's like getting back to work in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons hit the field for training camp on Friday. It's a happy day in NFL circles. After...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Safeties

The Falcons embark on training camp with some fresh faces at the safety position. As the last line of defense, the Falcons’ safeties feature a good mix of hard-hitters and ballhawks, but they’ll have to remain healthy and play cohesively if they want to improve on last year’s debacle of a season. After releasing the under-performing Thomas DeCoud, Atlanta tapped into free agency...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Significance of the Atlanta Falcons’ secondary in 2014

With training camp starting a week from now, one component of the Falcons unit to keep an eye on is the secondary. The Falcons could definitely use some fine tuning in that department, especially considering they finished in the bottom ten in the NFL last season in passing yards allowed. There are high expectations for the secondary heading in to camp. Falcons’ secondary coach...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons safety Dwight Lowery is looking forward to meeting up with Golden Tate

Atlanta Falcons safety Dwight Lowery has a bone to pick with Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate.  Lowery was placed on injured reserve last season when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reason? A block by Tate that gave Lowery a concussion. So Lowery has made it clear that he is looking forward to meeting up with Tate this year. “To me, that was more of a cheap shot,” Lowery...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Keys for success in the NFC South

The Falcons have had a busy offseason thus far which culminated in nine draft picks and several acquisitions including notable free agents Dwight Lowery, Devin Hester, Bear Pascoe and rookies Prince Shembo, Jake Matthews, and Davonta Freeman. The Falcons are looking to have a drastic improvement from last season. Their success this season is contingent on their ability to neutralize...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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