The Atlanta Falcons are still two players away from a winning season

There is no way to sugar coat this, after the disaster of Saturday night in Miami. The Falcons offense looked as bad as it has in many years. The reason behind this lack of offensive production is clearly placed upon the offensive line. I overestimated the lines abilities when they stood up so well against the New York Jets. That mistake was clarified quickly when the Miami Dolphins...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Guard

In the last two seasons, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been sacked 75 times. That speaks for itself as the franchise's most urgent need heading into the 2015 season. Change was the bold theme on the offensive line with veterans Sam Baker and Justin Blalock now gone and a sea of new additions arriving in Atlanta upon the new era of football under coach Dan Quinn. Both guard positions...
Via Pro Football Spot
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Recent history should warn Falcons not to offer Mathis huge contract

Sam Baker. Justin Blalock. Evan Mathis. There's a commonality among these three players, and it goes farther than just their shared job title of offensive lineman. All three looked for a bigger or better contract well past the time in their career when they should have. But that doesn't mean asking was a bad idea. Baker and Blalock both landed lengthy contracts when they sat down...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The state of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line

For what feels like the 10th consecutive offseason, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves going into a summer with questions on the offensive line. With the recent retirement of Justin Blalock, who the Falcons released earlier this offseason, the Falcons already had a glaring hole at the left guard spot. Now with the oft-injured Sam Baker having been released earlier this offseason...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons guard Justin Blalock calls it a career

One of the most reliable and durable lineman in the NFL, Justin Blalock is officially calling it a career, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Blalock has been the definition of health throughout his NFL career. He's started a total of 125 games since 2007, never playing in fewer than 14 games. While he's only 31 years old, it seems that he's looking to retire on his own terms...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Falcons G Justin Blalock Retiring From NFL

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that former Falcons G Justin Blalock is retiring from the NFL. Blalock, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Falcons back in 2007. He spent all eight of seasons in Atlanta before the team elected release him this past March in a move that freed up $3,790,000 in available cap space.   ... The post Former Falcons G Justin Blalock Retiring...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons sign G Chris Chester

Prior to this move, the Falcons had a massive need at left guard where Sam Baker, who has missed 28 of 32 games over the past 2 seasons combined after tearing both patellar tendons, was penciled in as the starter. Chester wasn’t the top guard available on the open market, as I think Rob Sims and Justin Blalock are better players, but Chester is a better fit for the Falcons’ zone...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons add to receiving corps with ECU's Hardy in 4th round

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have beefed up their receiving corps by selecting Justin Hardy of East Carolina with the eighth pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Hardy, the FBS career leader with 387 catches, becomes the top candidate for the No. 3 receiver's job behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. The Falcons need to fill the role after Harry Douglas was released...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag: What is going on with the St. Louis Rams offensive line?

Are the Rams content limping into the Draft with two starters on the offensive line? – Levi The NFL Draft is just a day away and the Rams are no closer to signing a lineman than they were a month ago. Joe Barksdale remains a free agent, after he failed to receive any offers during free agency, or at least any at the size he was hoping for. So that leaves the Rams with nothing except...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten best NFL free agents remaining

By Shaun Church The first wave of players have long been signed to NFL rosters, leaving second- and third-tier players to scrounge for what’s left of teams’ salary cap space. That’s not to say the players remaining are scrubs—far from it, in fact. Most positions still have an amount of talent remaining to be had by general managers who need to fill holes before and after...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Titans Should Stay Aggressive in Next Wave of Free Agency

Now that the first wave of free agents have been signed, the Tennessee Titans still have plenty of cap space to address the many needs the team still has on the roster.With the money still available, the Titans have an opportunity to still make some moves and finish off what could be one of the best free agency periods the team has had, nabbing younger talent to help build the roster...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Titans Have Been In Contact With Free Agent G Justin Blalock In Recent Days

Ian Rapoport reports that veteran G Justin Blalock‘s has been in contact with the Titans in recent days. However, there is currently no word regarding his next move at this point in time. Michael Rothstein of ESPN reported last Friday that Blalock his visit with the Lions went well and he has interest from the Rams and Titans. Blalock, ... The post Titans Have Been In Contact...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

“Very Possible” Rams Could Host C Stefan Wisniewski For A Visit This Week

The agent for free agent C Stefan Wisniewski tells Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it’s “very possible” his client meet with the Rams this weekend. Thomas mentions that the Rams should be able to sign two free agents out of a group consisting of Wisniewski, G Justin Blalock, and RT Joe Barksdale. As things stand right now, the Rams have ... The post “Very...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Lions, Rams, & Titans Interested In Veteran G Justin Blalock

According to Michael Rothstein of ESPN, free agent G Justin Blalock‘s recent visit with the Lions went well, and adds that he also interest from the Rams and Titans. Josina Anderson first reported that Blalock was visiting with the Lions on Thursday. Jim Thomas reported that the Rams were hosting Blalock for a visit. Blalock, 31, was released by the Falcons a few ...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Detroit Lions meet with one of the best free agent offensive linemen

The Detroit Lions are looking to give quarterback Matthew Stafford some better protection. With that in mind, they are hosting a meeting today with one of the top free agent offensive linemen on the market. According to Josina Anderson of ESPN it’s Justin Blalock: Source: OG Justin Blalock is visiting the #Lions today. — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 12, 2015 Blalock...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rams Hosting Veteran G Justin Blalock For A Visit

Jim Thomas reports that the Rams are hosting free agent G Justin Blalock for a visit. Blalock, 31, was released by the Falcons in a move that freed up $3,790,000 in available cap space for them. Lasat year, Blalock appeared in 15 games for the Falcons. Pro Football Focus had Blalock rated as the No. 25 guard in the league out ...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Jets: Top Free Agent Offensive Linemen

Improving the offensive line is expected to be a major focus for the New York Jets this offseason. In an increasingly thin free agent market, here are the top guys they should be targeting… 1. Mike Iupati If you are going to spend big money up front, you want to grab a guy that immediately improves your areas of weakness. Surprisingly, it was run blocking where the Jets offensive...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Team Purges Roster Before Free Agency

The Atlanta Falcons are trimming their roster, trying to create cap space for free agency. The team has released starting running back Steven Jackson as well as wide receiver Harry Douglas and guard Justin Blalock.Jackson, 6-2, 240 pounds, was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the first round (24th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Oregon State. He was signed by the...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Quick Look at Recent NFL Salary Cap Casualties

The moves are now coming in at a rapid pace around the National Football League as teams attempt to get into the best possible cap situation heading into March. Here’s a quick look at moves that have gone down over the past several hours. Steven Jackson, Running Back Atlanta Falcons The St. Louis Rams all-time leading rusher was released by Atlanta Thursday evening. At 31 years...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Cuts galore: The Atlanta Falcons have released three offensive players in 24 hours

The new powers that be for the Atlanta Falcons are re-shaping the team in a new image. Over the last 24 hours the team has released three players on offense. First, as expected they cut veteran running back Steven Jackson: The Falcons have released RB Steven Jackson. The 31 y/o led Atlanta in rushing with 707 yards/6 TD in 2014. pic.twitter.com/zlnLZhQb4D — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons release WR Harry Douglas, G Justin Blalock

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas, who was third on the team with 51 catches in 2014, and starting offensive guard Justin Blalock. The moves follow Thursday's release of running back Steven Jackson. Douglas, a third-round pick in 2008, had career-high totals of 85 receptions for 1,067 yards in 2013, when he started in 11 of 16 games. Douglas...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons Release G Justin Blalock, Free Up $3.79M In Cap Space

The Atlanta Falcons also announced the release of G Justin Blalock on Friday. Blalock, 31, still had another two years remaining on his six-year, $38.4 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed, He would have made base salaries of $4.75 million and $6.15 million over the remaining years of the agreement. According to OverTheCap.com, this move frees up $3,790,000 in...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons still control their fate in 'crazy' NFC South

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) It's possible 5-8 never looked so good. The Atlanta Falcons have played just well enough to control their fate in the much-ridiculed NFC South, even though they can't finish the regular season with a winning record. Atlanta, which plays the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, is coming off a Monday night loss at Green Bay. Despite the loss, the Falcons still...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons face must-win vs. Bears in rare home game

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons are back in familiar surroundings for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Better not get used to it. It will be nearly Thanksgiving before the Falcons play another game at the Georgia Dome, a stretch that will likely determine if they're a playoff contender or headed toward another dismal season. With that daunting run looming, Atlanta...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

First-round pick Beckham makes Giants debut

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) First-round draft pick Odell Beckham is finally going to play for the New York Giants. The 12th pick overall is in the Giants' lineup for the first time since pulling a hamstring on the opening day of training camp. The LSU receiver missed all five preseason game and the first four regular-season contests. Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard also is active...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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