Training camp preview: 5 questions facing Falcons

After the final air horn blew on Thursday, signifying the end of mini-camp -- a double blast that served as an exclamation mark on the start of their final five weeks off this offseason -- the Atlanta Falcons gathered on the practice field by position group. One by one, as their huddles broke up, they walked off quietly. This was not the sprint off the field of previous years, when...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive projections for the 2014 NFL season: Atlanta Falcons

This offseason the Falcons spent a majority of their money and draft picks to beef up their offensive and defensive lines. While these transactions aren’t viewed as the “sexy” picks they are the directly effect the production of the skill players. This season the addition of Jake Matthews, Jon Asamoah on top of the return of Sam Baker and Mike Johnson from injuries gives the...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Will/Won’t The Atlanta Falcons Return To The Playoffs in 2014

The Atlanta Falcons came into the 2013 season with high expectations, coming off of an NFC Championship Game appearance and 3 straight seasons of 10+ wins. However the injury bug hit the team early and often, landing 6 players on injured reserve that either started or were projected to start (Sam Baker, Mike Johnson, Julio […] The post Why Will/Won’t The Atlanta Falcons Return...
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June 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: Five burning questions heading into OTA sessions

ATLANTA -- It's been an offseason of significant change for the Atlanta Falcons -- with three new starters likely on offense, an apparent schematic shift on defense and perhaps as many as five or six new starters on defense. It's a critical season for the Falcons after their disappointing 4-12 showing in 2013. Entering his seventh season as head coach, Mike Smith could be...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Atlanta Falcons’ Draft Class

The staff here at cover32 has had a few days to gather their thoughts on the NFL Draft. Here are the conclusions from our staff: Shelby Zack It’s hard to fill so many needs in one draft, but after evaluating the Falcon’s draft picks; I would have to give them the grade of a B. Their best picks came with Jake Matthews, the OT drafted in the first round after the Falcons decided...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patience was exercised by the Atlanta Falcons tonight

The Atlanta Falcons war room exercised patience and stayed put at number six overall. They were rewarded with arguably the most pro-ready prospect in the draft, Jake Matthews. Matthews will be expected to step in at either left or right tackle from day one and help upgrade an offensive line that ranked near the bottom last season. Matt Ryan was hit a career high 203 times last year...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The social media feedback from Matt Ryan and Jake Matthews was instantaneous

The Falcons’ signal caller was quick to react to the selection of Jake Matthews: Welcome to Atlanta @jake_matthews75! We are all excited to have you as a teammate. #riseup — Matt Ryan (@M_Ryan02) May 9, 2014 Obviously, Jake Matthews will be a day one plug-and-play starter along the offensive line, the question remains on whether he plays left or right tackle day one. It is safe...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons select Texas A&M's Matthews with first draft pick

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews on Thursday with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft in a move to protect the $120-million investment they made in franchise quarterback Matt Ryan last July. Sam Baker, who has owned the starting spot at left tackle since he and Ryan entered the league in 2008, has had too many difficulties...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam Baker expects full clearance this week

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Sam Baker, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last year, told he expects to receive full clearance this week. ``I’m feeling good,’’ Baker said Monday night. ``In a couple days, I should be cleared. I’ve been running, doing everything, and I should get fully cleared in a couple days. It’s great, especially because we’re...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Drafting for roster depth: How the Atlanta Falcons should be able to turn the franchise around

If there is an upside to the trade rumors concerning the Falcons and Jadeveon Clowney, it’s that Atlanta has spent the last few days at the center of the NFL universe. For a team that never seems to get the amount of national attention they deserve, getting a legitimate spotlight leading up to the league’s biggest off-season event is pretty fun. The amount of interest Dimitroff...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Will Be Boosted By Players Returning From Injuries

Teams in the National Football League are supposed to have a ‘next-man up’ mentality. If you do happen to get struck by injuries, you should have the resiliencey to bounce back. If there is ever a point though where injuries might be acceptable to use an excuse is the 2013-14 Atlanta Falcons. Key players for the ‘dirty birds’ went down week after week. Most of the players...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

How can the Falcons bounce back this season?

It’s hard to tell exactly how far the Falcons will rebound next season. Free Agency has been good to the Falcons, shoring up the depth and adding beef to the interior of both lines. But the draft is a month away, and having the 6th pick all but guarantees Thomas Dimitroff will do big things to bring in top tier players. So until the draft we won’t know the full picture. The Dirty...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

How to fix the Atlanta Offensive Line

The Falcons’ offensive line was exposed last season when Matt Ryan was sacked 44 times and the running game finished last in the NFL. I will repeat that, Matt Ryan, the face of the franchise and $100 million quarterback was sacked 44 times! After several years of spending big on skill position players many fans were educated on the reality that one is only as good as their offensive...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta trade partners may be more numerous than first expected

The defensive portion of the Combine Testing turned into the Jadeveon Clowney show, and for good reason. The 6’6” specimen lit up every drill he participated in. Since we are keeping our eye on how the Falcons are going to factor into the Clowney Sweepstakes let’s look at some trade scenarios that would guarantee JC7 found himself  in a Falcon uniform. Trade with the Houston...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Five free agents the Falcons should consider

Falcon fans, we are forced to watch our bitter rivals play their way into the NFC Championship this week. Let’s focus on how Atlanta can build their team up via Free Agency. Hopefully, this team is a few acquisitions from returning to the post-season. Atlanta has cap space, around $17.0 million as of today. This is without any re-signings, so I would expect this number to decrease...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fixing the Falcons: Roster moves team could make this offseason

The start of NFL free agency is a little more than two months away, but rest assured the Atlanta Falcons' front office and coaching staff are already studying film, evaluating players and getting ready to re-tool the roster. On Monday, owner Arthur Blank said he does not like the word "splash" when it comes to the free agent market, although he did acknowledge the successful...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame names Baker president/executive director

David Baker today began his role as the president and executive director of the Pro Football Courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Hall of Fame. Baker has a 35-year background in business management, professional sports and public service, according to a statement at the Hall of Fame’s website. For the last four years, Baker has worked as a partner in Union Village LLC, the...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons activate Sean Weatherspoon, Sam Baker to IR

The Falcons announced a couple of roster moves on Tuesday. The team activated linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and placed tackle Sam Baker on season-ending injured reserve. Head coach Mike Smith said Baker will have now have a procedure on his injured knee. LT Sam Baker is headed for injured reserve. He will have a procedure done this week: — Atlanta_Falcons...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

LT Sam Baker Placed on Injured Reserve

Sam Baker will miss the remainder of the season. (Curtis Compton) The Atlanta Falcons have placed left tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve today. Baker had a left knee injury and will have to undergo surgery. Last Sunday’s game versus the Seattle Seahawks marked Baker’s fifth missed game of the season. Last season, he started all 16 games and the Falcons rewarded him with a...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons lose OT Sam Baker to season-ending injury

The Atlanta Falcons have lost another player for the season, placing offensive tackle Sam Baker on injured reserve. The move announced Tuesday was not a surprise. Baker, considered the team's best offensive lineman, was plagued by a knee injury and had already missed five games. The Falcons (2-7) have been ravaged by injuries. Baker was the fourth starter to go down for the...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons O-tackle Baker placed on season-ending IR

The Atlanta Falcons' injury-riddled season just added another victim to the list: On Tuesday, the club placed starting left tackle Sam Baker (knee) on season-ending injured reserve. Ominously, head coach Mike Smith, who normally avoids commentary on injuries, had said on Monday that he was concerned with the long-term implications of Baker's inability to stay healthy. ...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons injury report: Roddy White, Sam Baker

The struggling Falcons have a few players who will be game-time decisions on Sunday when they host the Seahawks. After missing the last three games with hamstring and ankle injuries, receiver Roddy White looks like he stands a decent shot at getting the green light this time around. He’s listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week. Offensive tackle Sam Baker...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons injury report: Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Sam Baker

The injury bug has bitten the Atlanta Falcons badly this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Falcons have ruled out four offensive players for Sunday’s contest against divisional foes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his career due to lingering hamstring and ankle problems. Offseason acquisition Steven Jackson will...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Baker, Dent, Jackson Ruled Out For Jets Game

Add Akeem Dent to the list of Falcons injured this season. (John Bazemore) The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out three starters for Monday night’s game versus the New York Jets. Left tackle Sam Baker (knee), middle linebacker Akeem Dent (ankle), and running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) will all miss the game. Second-year player Lamar Holmes, who lost his starting right tackle...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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