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Dan Quinn hopes to build a defensive juggernaut in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons defense won't become the Seattle Seahawks overnight, but expectations seem to be tempered for the most part. With that said, newly hired head coach Dan Quinn is expecting his defense to turn a corner and he wants it known that things will be different, according to Steven Ruiz of USA Today."We want to play as fast and physical as we can," he said at his introductory...
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Falcons trying to make good 1st impression with coach Dan Quinn

  Even the most established Falcons players are scrambling to make a good first impression with new coach Dan Quinn. Linebacker Paul Worrilow, who has led the Falcons in tackles two straight seasons, said Thursday past accomplishments are no guarantee for top spots on the depth chart in 2015. ''You always feel like you have something to prove anytime you have a new coaching staff...
Via AP on Fox
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons trying to make good 1st impression with coach Quinn

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Even the most established Falcons players are scrambling to make a good first impression with new coach Dan Quinn. Linebacker Paul Worrilow, who has led the Falcons in tackles two straight seasons, said Thursday past accomplishments are no guarantee for top spots on the depth chart in 2015. ''You always feel like you have something to prove anytime you have...
Via AP on Fox
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Falcons Who Could Breakout in 2015

With a new coaching staff and several new players the Falcons look to turn things around this season and get back to the playoffs. Here are the 5 players I think that make the biggest breakouts this season. Adrian Clayborn, DE View image | gettyimages.com The Falcons have had little pass rush presence the last few years and Clayborn will be given every opportunity to be...
Via TopSportsReport
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Remaining Free Agents the Falcons Should Target

The Atlanta Falcons are never one of the teams to go out and willingly try to “win” free agency. In the grand scheme of things, teams that go out and make the big splash is free agency rarely, if ever end up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February.Regardless of this, fans across social media have been vocal about their distaste for the Falcons' free agent strategy.The team has...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons are taking big strides to improve their defense

If the Atlanta Falcons want to build on what little success they had as a team on defense, they took a step toward that by re-signing sack artist Kroy Biermann. The outside linebacker was on the open market in free agency for a week before the Falcons brought him back. The team should still be in the market for a pass rusher with the 8th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on April 30. Biermann...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Assessing the Carolina Panthers' Free Agency Strategy

The dust has settled on the first week of free agency in the NFL and the landscape of the league looks drastically different.So how does this impact the Carolina Panthers?The NFC South will have a drastically different look. The Atlanta Falcons seem to be focused on retooling their defense. New head coach Dan Quinn, former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, has brought in linebackers...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons one of four teams looking at Shane Ray in the first round

It’s no secret that the Atlanta Falcons are looking to boost their pass rushing prowess in year one of the Dan Quinn era. The Falcons have already signed Brooks Reed and Justin Durant but they’re not done by a long shot. According to a report by Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, the Falcons are one of four teams who are hosting pre-draft meetings with Mizzou outside linebacker Shane...
Via cover32
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons sign OLB Justin Durant

Justin Durant was drafted in the 2nd round in 2007 and has quietly had a very solid career, grading out above average in 7 of the 8 seasons he’s been in the NFL. However, he’s averaged just 585 snaps per season, often playing as purely a two-down run stopper, a role he excels in. Over the past 2 seasons, he’s played just a combined 538 snaps (missing 16 of 32 games with injury...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons' Defense Improves After First Week of Free Agency

The Atlanta Falcons ramped up their efforts this week to improve a roster that managed just six wins last season. They will need to continue to improve a defensive unit that ranked near the bottom of the league last season in every major defensive category if they hope to return to the postseason for the first time since 2012. On Tuesday, Atlanta made two under-the-radar acquisitions...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys, LB Jasper Brinkley agree on deal

  Jasper Brinkley, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, is joining the Cowboys to help fill the voids left by departed free agents Justin Durant (Atlanta Falcons) and Bruce Carter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Brinkley is a seven-year veteran who plays mainly inside linebacker.  He made 74 tackles last season.  He has played much of his career in Minnesota, albeit he played one year with...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys Reach Agreement With LB Jasper Brinkley On A Two-Year Deal

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have reached an agreement with linebacker Jasper Brinkley on a two-year deal. Dallas needed to find some help at linebacker after they lost Justin Durant to the Falcons) and Bruce Carter to the Buccaneers in recent days. Brinkley, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Vikings. He spent the first ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Still Searching For Answer at Tight End

After beefing up Dan Quinn's defense by signing linebackers Justin Durant and Brooks Reid, the Falcons still have some needs to fill through the draft or free agency. A glaring weakness on Atlanta's offense that was exposed last season is the tight end position.Atlanta was forced to adjust its entire offensive game plan after Tony Gonzalez retired following the 2013 season. Over...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons may have interest in signing pass rush monster from Tampa Bay

Getting to the quarterback is as important as ever in today’s NFL. In that spirit, the Atlanta Falcons are fiercely trying to upgrade the front seven of their defense. Yesterday the Falcons signed two linebackers in Brooks Reed and Justin Durant. Today they may add a pass rusher to the mix… AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Rating every QB from 1-32 based on needing them for one drive...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys Lose Dwayne Harris, Justin Durant in Free Agency

With free agency already off to an explosive start, the Dallas Cowboys have lost a few pieces in the process. Special teams player Dwayne Harris signed a five-year deal with the New York Giants on Tuesday. Harris wasn't a regular in the Cowboys rotation of receivers but he was a pretty good special teams player.Harris averaged nearly 27 yards on kickoff returns and over 11 on punts...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons sign free-agent linebackers Reed, Durant

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have fortified the middle of new coach Dan Quinn's defense by signing free-agent linebackers Brooks Reed and Justin Durant. Reed had 14 1/2 sacks in four seasons as a starter with the Houston Texans. He started 13 of 16 games in 2014 and had three sacks and his first career interception. Reed's signing comes less than two weeks after his 28th birthday...
Via AP on Fox
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons to sign former Dallas Cowboys linebacker

New head coach Dan Quinn seems to believe in the importance of linebackers. According to a report by ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Atlanta Falcons are going to sign former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant: Falcons adding LBs: Former Texans LB Brooks Reed is expected to sign with Atlanta as is former Cowboys LB Justin Durant, per sources. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys Durant cleared for offseason workouts after biceps injury

Justin Durant has been cleared to participate in the offseason program – it's just a matter of whose program that will be. Durant tweeted Wednesday morning that he had been cleared to participate in offseason workouts, just four months removed from tearing his biceps on Oct. 28. "Cleared to fully participate in offseason workouts...making progress mane," Durant said via his...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Lackluster LB Prospects May Incline Cowboys to Sign Their Own

The Cowboys brass are busy this week as they evaluate the next crop of NFL Prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, and by most account they’ll be zeroing in on defensive players. In particular, the Cowboys will have all eyes on the defensive line, but the Cowboys may be looking for more starters in the secondary and linebacker corps. The linebackers wrapped up their drills today...
Via CowboysBlog.Net
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys Re-Sign DT Davon Coleman, LB Cameron Lawrence

The Cowboys have gotten started in free agency. I know; that sounds a little late, doesn’t it? Before the stands at Lambeau cleared out after the Divisional round loss to Green Bay the internet began buzzing about Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Brian touched on a few other free agents last week discussing the futures for Justin Durant, Bruce... -- Click the title above to read...
Via Blue Star Times
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s Next for Linebackers Justin Durant, Bruce Carter & Rolando McClain in Dallas?

Before the 2014 season started for the Dallas Cowboys there were questions galore, and arguably one of the biggest questions about this team was how the linebackers would perform. That was the question before Sean Lee got hurt. After he was injured and put on the shelf for the entire 2014 season, the linebackers on this team were dubbed as one of... -- Click the title above to read...
Via Blue Star Times
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cowboys offseason outlook: Linebackers

With the Super Bowl finally concluded, we can finally settle into the true business of the offseason -- assessing the coming months and the way they'll affect the makeup of the Cowboys' roster. The start of free agency is still roughly a month away, and the NFL draft is still nearly three months away. Despite that, I wanted to look at the roster that's currently in place at Valley...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Orlando Scandrick showed no mercy while playing Madden at children’s hospital

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and his teammates visited various children’s hospitals in the Dallas area on Tuesday. The purpose of the visits was to spread holiday cheer, lift spirits and school little kids in Madden. According to Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant, Scandrick showed no mercy while playing Madden against one of the patients. Scandrick...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Durant’s Injury; Present & Future at Linebacker

The Cowboys confirmed on Tuesday that Justin Durant’s torn biceps would finish his season by putting the defensive captain on Injured Reserve. It’s a big blow, but at this point I feel like I’m almost numb to bad news from the linebacker position. It’s been a problem all the way back to last year, but especially since Sean Lee’s knee injury on May 27th. Then you had DeVonte...
Via CowboysFans.com
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys Injury Update: Justin Durant out for the season

The Dallas Cowboys' beat writer, Nick Eatman, tweeted on Monday night that Jerry Jones said Justin Durant is likely out for the season with a torn bicep injury. #456699890 / gettyimages.com The Cowboys placed Durant on the season-ending injured reserve list. The weak-side linebacker tore his right bicep in Monday night's loss against the Washington Redskins, as reported by Rainer...
Via Sports Injury Alert
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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