OSI UMENYIORA NEWS

Camp Preview: Defensive Line begins camp under the microscope

One of the Falcons stated goals this off-season was to add toughness and resume control of the line of scrimmage. As Michael Aprile detailed in his Offensive Line report, the pick of Jake Matthews along with the signing of Jon Asomoah signaled their commitment to keep the offensive side of the line well protected, but what about the defensive side of the line? View poll on FanMob...
Via cover32 - Falcons
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora named top-20 in NFL

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 defensive ends in the NFL today, there were some people angry about their favorite team’s top pass rusher not making the list. It made for a bit of spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s DE to making the list? To provide an answer, the editors...
Via cover32 - Falcons
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 in 2014: The defensive ends on the brink of breaking in

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 defensive ends in the NFL today, there were plenty of people angry about their favorite team’s top pass catcher not making the list. It made for a spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. And it also begged another question: How close was Mr. Irate Fan’s DE to making the list? To provide an answer, the editors...
Via cover32
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Atlanta Falcons storylines for 'Hard Knocks'

The Atlanta Falcons aren’t exactly a franchise that evokes razzle and/or dazzle, but the Falcons will nonetheless be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer. Here are six storylines to keep an eye on. 1) Veteran stars try to hang on: Steven Jackson, Osi Umenyiora and Devin Hester have been to a combined seven Pro Bowls, but all are past their prime and on the wrong side of...
Via Awful Announcing
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons notebook: Veteran Umenyiora unsure of role

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was one of the Falcons major free-agent signings last year but entering the 2014 season his role remains uncertain. With the Falcons continuing to explore 3-4 concepts last year, they taught Umenyiora to play standing up -- something he had never done before. As the year wore on, the coaching staff moved the 32-year-old into more...
Via Fox Sports South
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora Will Return To Falcons

Osi Umenyiora gets to stay in his city, and doesn’t have to take a paycut. The Atlanta Journal Constitution per the Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff is reporting that the veteran pass rusher will return to the Falcons in 2014. Umenyiora will return and no restructure of his contract is planned, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Also, defensive end Kroy Biermann will...
Via Thacover2
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons have decided to hold onto Osi Umenyiora

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  the Falcons have decided to keep defensive end Osi Umenyiora even though he was unwilling to take a pay cut this offseason. Umenyiora will return and no restructure of his contract is planned, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Also, defensive end Kroy Biermann will be back and there is no restructure...
Via Pro Football Zone
March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora-Giants reunion possible if pass rusher becomes available

Osi Umenyiora’s current team wants him to take a pay cut before returning next season. But if things don’t work out and the Falcons cut him, the 32-year-old pass rusher wouldn’t mind a return to the team with which he won two Super Bowls. And the feeling might be mutual. Umenyiora would entertain an offer to return to the Giants -- and the Giants would at least investigate...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A Return To The Giants A Possibility For DE Osi Umenyiora?

  Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday that the Falcons have approached veteran DE Osi Umenyiora regarding a pay cut, so there is a chance that he could be cut loose after just one year in Atlanta. Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger, citing two people familiar with the situation, reports that the Giants “would at least investigate” the idea of bringing Umenyiora back if he...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Osi Umenyiora could return to the New York Giants

For nine years, defensive end Osi Umenyiora was one of the best and most popular New York Giants players to come along in some time. According to a report by the Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr, the 32-year-old pass rusher could return to his former team if his current team, the Atlanta Falcons, release him. If Osi Umenyiora becomes available, could he and #Giants be interested in a reunion...
Via cover32 - Giants
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons have asked Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut

Just a year after signing the former New York Giants stud pass rusher the Atlanta Falcons are already asking Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut according to several sources. MikeGarafolo Falcons are asking DE Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut, source tells @FOXSports1. Slated to make $3.5m in ’14. We’ll see how this […]The post Atlanta Falcons have asked Osi Umenyiora to take a...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons reportedly asked Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Falcons have asked defensive end Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut. Falcons are asking DE Osi Umenyiora to take a pay cut, source tells @FOXSports1. Slated to make $3.5m in '14. We'll see how this resolves. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo...
Via Pro Football Zone
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Falcons Asking DE Osi Umenyiora To Take A Pay Cut

Mike Garafolo reports that the Atlanta Falcons have approached veteran DE Osi Umenyiora regarding a pay cut. Umenyiora, 32, signed a two-year deal worth $8.5 million that included $5 million guaranteed last year. He will make $3.5 million for the 2014 season, according to Garafolo. Brian McIntyre mentions that Umenyiora has a $500, 000 roster bonus due on March 25. The Falcons...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora Expected To Be Back With The Falcons Next Season

Falcons HC Mike Smith seemed to suggest on Thursday that DE Osi Umenyiora will be back with the team in 2014. “I am never gonna say never. … But I’m looking forward to continuing to work with him,” Smith said, via NFL.com. There has been some speculation that he could be on the chopping block, however, Smith told reporters that Umenyiora did an “outstanding job” as...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora likely to stay with Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons already started getting rid of some veteran players like cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas. It looks like Osi Umenyiora is safe. Asked about Umenyiora's future at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Mike Smith lauded Umenyiora's leadership and production, saying Umenyiora did an "outstand job" overall as a player and mentor...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora Hopes To Remain With Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have been making roster moves involving the defensive side of the ball, and speculation is growing that more changes could be coming. Osi Umenyiora is due to count $4.75 million agains the cap in 2014 and the team could save $3.5 million if they cut him before he’s due a roster bonus in mid-March. Umenyiora led the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013, told Vaughn...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora Hopes To Remain With Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have been making roster moves involving the defensive side of the ball, and speculation is growing that more changes could be coming. Osi Umenyiora is due to count $4.75 million agains the cap in 2014 and the team could save $3.5 million if they cut him before he’s due a roster bonus in mid-March. Umenyiora led the team with 7.5 sacks in 2013, told Vaughn McClure...
Via BlackSportsOnline
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Osi Umenyiora hopes to remain with Falcons

There is no doubt where veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora wants to be next season. He owns a home in the Atlanta area. He feels an allegiance to his Falcons teammates. He has tremendous respect for general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith. "I would love to stay, and I think I am," Umenyiora told ESPN.com. "But you really never know what'...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons expected to keep Osi Umenyiora

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Consittution believes the Falcons will keep defensive end Osi Umenyiora. “@dmbenjam: @AJCFalcons do you think the falcons will part ways with Decou & Osi?” — D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) February 7, 2014 Umenyiora had a pretty good season after recording 47 tackles 7.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception.   Need...
Via Pro Football Zone
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Falcons are working to fix its atrocious lines

The 4-12 Atlanta Falcons were abysmal at protecting quarterback Matt Ryan along with bringing down the opposing QB’s, a problem that head coach Mike Smith, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, and owner Arthur Blank recognized and addressed as soon as the season ended by firing defensive line coach Ray Hamilton as well as offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn. Change seemed...
Via isportsweb.com
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nolan offers take on Umenyiora's status

Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora met with coach Mike Smith about Umenyiora’s new reserve role. Nolan implied Umenyiora was content with the move. "As I’m sure Mike told you, he had a conversation with Mike and it went very well, was my understanding," Nolan said. "And Osi expressed the same thing, that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 17, 2013  |  1 Comment

Atlanta Falcons ready to right the ship against the Jets

Tonight the Atlanta Falcons have a true test concerning how far they will go in the 2013 season, as they take on the New York Jets at the Georgia Dome with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. EST as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football game of the week. The Falcons have been nothing short of disappointing through four games, as the team sits at 1-3 with losses to the New Orleans Saints,...
Via isportsweb.com
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons: Suffering from the bug

Osi Umenyiora finished the day with five total tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles. (Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com) The Atlanta Falcons lost five key players in the win in week two against the St. Louis Rams, one for the entire season. Many fans had plenty of woes and had a right to feel that way. How in the world is this team going to recover from such staggering injuries...
Via isportsweb.com
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Umenyiora takes an interception to the house

A pick six is fun to watch, but it’s even funner when a 6-foot-3, 255 pound monster takes one to the house. Big Man Running is one of my favorite things to watch in the NFL. Osi Umenyiora makes Falcons fans happy when he picks off Rams QB Sam Bradford and takes it back for six points. Check it out! This is a good one, but Vince Wilfork’s pick and run was probably one of my favorite...
Via Down and Distance
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Umenyiora changes number by request

Anyone who bought an Osi Umenyiora No. 90 jersey after he signed with the Atlanta Falcons is going to be in for a surprise. The defensive end is now wearing No. 50. Umenyiora took the practice field Wednesday donning the new number after working out a swap with young linebacker Pat Schiller, who spent last season on the practice squad and is back to take another shot at making...
Via Fox Sports
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss
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