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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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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks Recap: Episode 2

Cippy: Going into week two, we knew the Falcons had played their first preseason game against OKTC Bachelor nominee Jason Fox and his Miami Dolphins and won late in the fourth. We also knew thanks to all of your lovely emails that earlier in the week Falcons center Joe Hawley, my ex-boyfriend, was ejected from their friendly practice with the Tennessee Titans. We're doing a new...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 2 Recap

Rookie linebacker Prince Shembo looks primed to contribute this season. (John Bazemore) The second episode of Hard Knocks opens with a cut: undrafted rookie fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones is released from the team. Cuts are probably the worst part of being a coach. Before the joint practice with the Tennessee Titans, Mike Smith warns anyone who fights will be thrown out. We’re then...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks recap: Falcons feisty as training camp begins

For a team coming off a massively disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2013, the opening of training camp for the Atlanta Falcons has featured some feisty moments. In the season premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks reality show, the Falcons scrapped frequently over the first few days of training camp. After one of many tussles broke out, offensive line coach Mike Tice exclaimed “we’re...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

It turns out Falcons rookie Ra'Shede Hageman didn't fracture his wrist

During practice last weekend, Falcons rookie defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman got into a physical altercation with center Joe Hawley, and the team's second-round pick left practice immediately afterward. Later, it was reported that Hageman had suffered a hairline fracture of his wrist, an injury that could keep him out as long as four weeks. Good news for the Falcons,...
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22 days ago  |  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...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Falcons’ Ra’Shede Hageman Fractures Wrist in Fight

This isn’t necessarily how rookie second-round pick Ra’Shede Hageman wanted to start his pro career. The massive and talented defensive lineman apparently fractured his wrist after punching teammate Joe Hawley in practice on Sunday (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution).  AJC writer Tanya Sichynsky had this to say about the incident.  …Rookie defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons Second-Round Pick Ra’Shede Hageman Fractured Wrist In Fight

  Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, citing a league source, reports that Falcons second-round pick DL Ra’Shede Hageman suffered a fractured wrist in a fight with C Joe Hawley. According to McClure, Hageman threw a punch at Hawley during pass-rush drills. Hageman’s injury is considered to be a hair-line fracture. Head coach Mike Smith mentioned that he wasn’t pleased with Hageman...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

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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July 18, 2014  |  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...
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July 10, 2014  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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.
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December 24, 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...
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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...
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November 20, 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...
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November 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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