REPORT: Atlanta Falcons linebacker has suspension rescinded

According to Ian Rapoport, Falcons starting linebacker Joplo Bartu will now be fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense stemming from last season. Bartu was originally suspended two games after pleading no contest to driving under the influence, but the suspension has now been reduced to just a fine. AROUND COVER32 First and 10: Ten NFL teams that need to relocate QB Rankings...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Super Bowl LI, Falcons, Jaguars, Packers, & Panthers

Super Bowl LI The NFL announced Thursday that Super Bowl LI will be hosted in Houston on February 5, 2017. Falcons Falcons LB Joplo Bartu will be fined $50,000 after his two-game suspension was rescinded by the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport. Jaguars Jaguars first-round pick DE Dante Fowler is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair ... The post NFL Notes: Super Bowl LI, Falcons...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryant's FGs lift Falcons past Saints in OT

ATLANTA (AP) Joplo Bartu recovered the crucial fumble. Matt Ryan threw for some impressive records. It was Matt Bryant, however, who left the Georgia Dome with the game ball. Bryant kicked a tying 51-yard field goal on the final play of regulation and nailed a 52-yarder in overtime to lift the Atlanta Falcons to a 37-34 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. ''He's a clutch...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons linebackers Worrilow, Bartu embrace roles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has put a strong emphasis since the start of training camp on improving the team's run defense. Smith sees incremental improvement, but stops well short of saying the Falcons have cured the ills that made them the NFL's second-worst unit against the run last season. For Atlanta to succeed, Smith and his staff are putting...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

No more excuses, Atlanta must improve in the trenches

The only thing sadder than the Falcons 2013 rushing attack, would have been the sorry excuse for a run defense that the team fielded. While a couple of players, namely Paul Worrilow, excelled at bringing at defending the run, the Falcons’ defense was marred by both mediocre play and a handful of injuries. Ultimately, the Falcons ended up allowing 135.8 yards a game (2,173 total...
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August 05, 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: Can the Falcons survive being thin at Linebacker?

If you’re a Falcons fan, you’ve probably had the following nightmare: it’s third and long, the Birds up by a field goal. All Atlanta has to do is stop the New Orleans Saints on third down, grab the punt, and run out the clock. Simple, simple football. Brees goes under center and makes his call. The Falcons defense is jumping around, trying to get in his head. Brees takes the...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How Sean Weatherspoon can still help the Atlanta Falcons

By now, everyone in the world of sports knows that Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon suffered an injury to his Achilles heel and will be out for all of the 2014 season. The biggest concern most have mentioned, is that the Falcons have lost a key leader on defense. This leaves fellow linebackers Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu suddenly grabbing hold of the leadership reigns...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons’ Training Camp Battles: Who Starts at Inside Linebacker?

With the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp set to get underway in just less than a month, it’s time to start looking at some of the more competitive position battles that will take place leading up to the season opener against the hated rival New Orleans Saints. View poll on FanMob Inside linebacker was a position with little doubt as to whom the opening day starters would be, but...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: cover32 exclusive with RaShede Hageman

Here are our top stories from this past week: Freeman shines during mini-camp cover32 exclusive: RaShede Hageman interview Joplo Bartu ready for larger role   You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: cover32 exclusive with RaShede HagemanTraining Camp watch list 2014: undrafted rookiesWould Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith make for a better coordinator?
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Would Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith make for a better coordinator?

Every NFL head coach essentially takes the same path to their job. They work their way through the assistant coaching ranks, starting at the bottom of the totem poll, bouncing from place to place in order to move up the ladder, and finally landing a job as a coordinator. In that spot, they flourish, becoming an integral part of a team’s success. Because of that, a coach becomes...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Joplo Bartu is ready to take on a more prominent role on defense

While the Falcons are still searching to find a solid replacement for Sean Weatherspoon at the linebacker position there is a sense of urgency in terms of other linebackers stepping up and having a strong performance during the offseason camps. One of those linebackers is Joplo Bartu, who in his second year, is getting comfortably adjusted to the Falcons’ new 3-4 defense. Bartu...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

“Grill with the Falcons” annual competiton a huge success

Saturday afternoon over 15 tailgating teams came out to engage in the 2nd annual Grill with the Falcons tailgating competition at the Mall of Georgia in Buford. Each team was judged on and awarded for Best Chicken Dish, Best Ribs Dish, Best Burger, Best Miscellaneous, and Most Outstanding Overall Tailgate. The event was free to attend, which brought out Falcons fans from all over...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

How do the Atlanta Falcons replace Sean Weatherspoon?

As much as it was a emotional blow for me, I can’t imagine the toll the news of Sean Weatherspoon’s season season ending injury took on his teammates. Spoon has been one of my favorite Falcons since he was drafted, but he has been the the vocal and emotional leader of the defense for the last few years. Losing his presence on the field and in the locker room is a massive blow...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A Look at the Falcons Undrafted Free Agents

Stephen Lee Atlanta Falcons Writer After the emergence of Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow last season Falcons fans everywhere are hoping Thomas Dimitroff can once again strike gold with the years group of undrafted free agents.  Here is a look at this year’s undrafted rookies. DT/ILB/FB - Roosevelt Nix – Kent State - Nix is probably the most intriguing of all the UDFA’s....
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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