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Camp Previews: Offensive Line bolsters new stars

Undoubtedly the most scrutinized position on Atlanta’s roster last year, the Falcons’ offensive line couldn’t be described as anything other than a complete failure in 2013. We know the numbers: Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times last season and was knocked down on countless other occasions. Additionally, the line couldn’t open up any lanes for the Falcons’ running...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5: Who is poised for a breakout season?

We’ve all heard the hype before. “Player A looks faster than ever this year. Player X has been lighting up training camp.” Many times, Peria Jerry a player looks unstoppable during camp and the preseason, only to disappear when the games start to count. That is not the case with these five players. These are players in a position to make huge strides in 2014, whether it be...
Via cover32 - Falcons
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons' O-line noticeably bigger, stronger at OTA session

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Much of the Atlanta Falcons' offseason has revolved around remaking their offensive line. The first session of Wednesday's Organized Team Activities offered a first glimpse of what some of those changes will mean. The Falcons have sought to get bigger and stronger up front. It's been a priority for new offensive line coach Mike Tice and strength...
Via Fox Sports South
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons are about $9.6 million under the salary cap

The Falcons now have 57 players under contract, but counting the top 51, per league rules, they have used up $123.9 million of their adjustment cap of $135.7 million. The only contract not in the NFLPA documents is Joe Hawley’s two-year, $6.5 million contract. His cap number is $2 million for 2014. So the cap space will be reduced by his number subtracted from the 51st lowest...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons Free Agency recap: Where do they turn now?

The free agency period has told us a lot about the Falcons. The team is dealing with many problem areas. But the offseason has been centered around improving the offensive and defensive lines. The actions in free agency are now helping to solve them. They are also providing a picture of what to expect in the April draft. Atlanta has bolstered the offensive line and committed to a...
Via cover32 - Falcons
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Bring Back DT Babineaux, C Hawley

Jonathan Babineaux’s ability to get into the backfield is key for the Falcons. (John Froschauer) With the 4:00 p.m. EST free agency start time looming, the Atlanta Falcons brought a couple of their free agents back. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux agreed to a three-year extension a couple of hours ago: Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux agreed to terms on a 3-year contract extension...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Re-Sign C Joe Hawley To A Two-Year Contract

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Falcons have re-signed C Joe Hawley to a two-year contract. Hawley, 25, appeared in 16 games this season and started 7 of them.  ProFootball Focus lists him as a liability in pass protection but graded out positively in run blocking.  Overall, Hawley is listed as the No. 20 center out of 35 qualifiers. Hawley figures to continue to challenge...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Contract talks have begun in Flowery Branch

The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly begun negotiations with Defensive Tackles Johnathan Babineaux and Corey Peters. This would make sense as Atlanta would be literally without an interior line if they let them both walk into Free Agency. Atlanta should be able to retain both players for a “hometown” discount, but do not expect Atlanta to give in to any major contract demands...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Interior Line: a further analysis

The interior offensive line this year was a mixed bag-leaning well towards the negative side of things. On one hand, Justin Blalock played better than average and proved to be our best offensive lineman. However, having a slightly above average guard acting as the cornerstone of the interior isn’t going to keep Matt Ryan on his feet, or create holes for Jacquizz Rodgers or Steven...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Second-half shutout from Packers' D saves the season

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In the six games since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, the Green Bay Packers needed their defense to win them a game. In Sunday's 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, that finally happened. Atlanta scored one of its touchdowns off of an unlikely interception play, so the Packers' defense actually only allowed 14 points. And, in the second half,...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Second-half shutout from Packers' D saves the season

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In the six games since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, the Green Bay Packers needed their defense to win them a game. In Sunday's 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, that finally happened. Atlanta scored one of its touchdowns off of an unlikely interception play, so the Packers' defense actually only allowed 14 points. And, in the second half,...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Get Four Additional Draft Picks

Yesterday, the NFL played Santa Claus and gave out compensatory draft picks. Sixteen teams were given a total of 32 compensatory draft picks. The Falcons, along with the Baltimore Ravens, were given a league high four draft picks. The Falcons received one fourth round pick (pick #133) as compensation for Curtis Lofton and three seventh round picks (#243, #244 and #249...
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March 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Free Agent Decision: Garrett Reynolds

The Falcons are facing a lot of decisions this off-season and that starts with their 14 unrestricted free agents. We will go through them one by one and decide whether or not the Falcons should re-sign them. A lot of times it's not as easy as it looks as some decisions have more than just roster spot implications. We also have to think about the salary cap as it is expected...
Via Grits Blitz
February 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons activate C Hawley, place WR Cone on IR

The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that they activated center Joe Hawley from the reserve/commissioner exemption list and placed wide receiver Kevin Cone on injured reserve. Hawley has played in six games this season as a backup. Cone played in 12 games this season, mainly on special teams.
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Former “U” standout Harland Gunn signed by the Atlanta Falcons

Yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons signed OG Harland Gunn formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Gunn was a two-year starter for the Miami Hurricanes. He will add depth on the interior after C/G Joe Hawley was suspended for four games. Gunn, 6-2, 310 pounds, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a college free agent out of Miami (Fla.) following the 2012 NFL...
Via NFL Draft Zone
November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons sign lineman after Hawley suspension

The Atlanta Falcons have announced the signing of offensive guard Harland Gunn after backup lineman Joe Hawley received a four-game suspension for violating NFL rules on performance-enhancing substances. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Gunn was picked up by the Falcons on Tuesday. Atlanta plays at Tampa Bay on Sunday. He initially signed with Dallas as a college free agent after the NFL...
Via AP on Fox
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

ZB Notebook 11-20-12

I’m not going to say the Atlanta Falcons are a bad team. At 9-1 they deserve more respect than that, but they may be the least convincing 9-1 team I’ve seen in awhile. The offense remains explosive, but the team lost five picks to Arizona at home last weekend in a game that shouldn’t have been as close as four points. The run game is nonexistent and now news has leaked that...
Via Zone Blitz
November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons backup lineman suspended 4 games for PEDs

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley has been suspended four games for violating NFL rules against performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the penalty Monday, one day after the NFC-leading Falcons improved to 9-1 with a 23-19 victory over Arizona. Hawley is a backup behind Falcons longtime center Todd McClure. The suspension begins immediately, meaning Hawley...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons must address flaws for longer playoff run

The Atlanta Falcons are tied for the best record in the NFL. They have a comfortable lead in their division. They've already clinched another winning season. Nothing much to complain about, right? Not exactly. For a team that has built such a lofty mark, the NFC-leading Falcons (9-1) had plenty of high-profile issues to deal with Monday coming off an ugly win over Arizona...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' Hawley suspended 4 games

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley was suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the NFL announced Monday. "Joe Hawley of the Atlanta Falcons has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances," according to a statement from the league. Hawley's...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' Hawley suspended four games

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley was suspended on Monday for four games for violation of the NFLs policy on performing enhancing substances. Hawleys suspension is effective immediately. According to a statement by the team, the suspension ends on Monday, Dec. 17, following the Falcons home game with the New York Giants. Hawleys natural position is center and he played...
Via Fox Sports South
November 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Reynolds to IR; Manley added to roster

The Falcons today announced that guard Garrett Reynolds would be placed on injured reserve. Replacing Reynolds on the team’s active roster will be practice squad player Phillip Manley. Reynolds had missed the past two games due to a back injury he suffered in the Falcons Week 5 win over the Washington Redskins. In his place, rookie Peter Konz has been starting at right guard...
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November 07, 2012  |  Discuss

What to Like/Dislike About the Falcons Victory Over the Panthers

Coming off of a last-second win over the Carolina Panthers, there is a lot to like and also a lot to dislike about how the Falcons performed. In the NFL you simply aren't going to go 16-0 and teams that you don't expect to challenge you will jump up and smack you in the mouth on occassion. That's what happened this week with the Panthers in the Georgia Dome. Let's...
Via Grits Blitz
October 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Turner could be x-factor vs. Broncos

Part of my preliminary scouting report against the Broncos suggests that the Broncos pass rush is going to be a formidable matchup for the Falcons. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil are the exact type of defensive ends that typically have given Sam Baker and Tyson Clabo fits in the past. And because of this strength of the Bronco defense, it has the potential to cancel out the greatest...
Via 60 Max Power O
September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons coordinating attack against Cheifs' 3-4

Essentially, the Falcons major offseason pickups were defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. The offense will feature the same 10 of the 11 starters, who opened the 2011 season in Chicago. Center Todd McClure was out with a knee injury and Joe Hawley started for him. The defense will feature 9 of 11 of the starters, who opened against the Bears...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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