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Evaluating Falcons Second-Round Pick, Ra’Shede Hageman

Continuing to work on the offensive and defensive front, the have Atlanta Falcons selected defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman out of Minnesota with their second-round pick (37th overall). It is clearly that the Falcons are adding depth (with this pick) to there injury-prone defense, which saw defensive end Kroy Biermann, linebackers Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent, and Stephen Nicholas...
Via TopSportsReport
May 10, 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

WCS Salary Cap Series: Atlanta Falcons

Author’s Note: Since this article was written, the Falcons have released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas. Both cuts were projected in this article, though Nicholas was projected as a June 1st cut. The difference in dead money is an extra $1M this season while increasing 2015 cap space from $4.5M to $5.5M. When […]The post WCS Salary Cap Series: Atlanta Falcons by Jeremy...
Via WCSN - The Water Cooler Sports Network
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Asante Samuel cut by Atlanta: Could a New England reunion be in the works?

Damian Strohmeyer/ SIIt's that time of year when NFL teams start to shed bad contracts like they're going out of style. With free agency looming, overpaid veterans around the league will hit the chopping block, with their teams looking to clear up cap space for the offseason.The Atlanta Falcons got a head start to their spring cleaning last night, and its a name Patriots...
Via Patriots Life
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Speculative Options For Recently Released CB Asante Samuel

The news of the day came from the Atlanta Falcons when it was first reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports that they had released four-time Pro Bowler CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas. Atlanta obviously could use the cap space, and Samuel is coming off of an underwhelming 2013 season and would have counted $5.25 million against the team’s 2014 salary cap. Brent Sobleski...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons dump two former starters today to clear cap room

The Atlanta Falcons have started the process of changing the roster for next season by releasing veteran cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas. Both players lost their starting positions as the Falcons struggled to a 4-12 record. Samuel, who was drafted in New England by new Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, was benched in favor of rookie cornerback...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons cut defensive veterans Samuel, Nicholas

By cutting two former starting defensive players -- four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas -- the Atlanta Falcons began the offseason re-tooling of their roster. Neither move came as a surprise. Samuel was benched in the final four games of the season in favor of rookie Robert Alford, a second-round pick. Nicholas, who started 51 games in seven...
Via Fox Sports South
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Release Former Patriots Cornerback Asante Samuel

The Atlanta Falcons are moving on from Asante Samuel. Samuel was cut by the Falcons on Wednesday after two seasons with the team. The Falcons also released linebacker Stephen Nicholas on the day in a couple cap-clearing moves. Samuel, 33, lost his starting cornerback spot to rookie Robert Alford during the season and never seemed to be quite the same player as he was during his first...
Via NESN.com
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons release veterans Nicholas, Samuel

The Atlanta Falcons have released two former longtime starters, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, from their defense. The 33-year-old Samuel started only 10 games in 2013, when the Falcons finished a disappointing 4-12. He was a spectator down the stretch as the team turned to rookie cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Samuel, who began his career...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Release LB Nicholas, CB Samuel

  Releasing Stephen Nicholas and Asante Samuel were necessary roster moves. (Kevin C. Cox) The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel, saving $6.5 million in the process. $4.5 million cap savings for Falcons with release of Samuel. $2 millon savings with letting go of Nicholas.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) February 05...
Via In The Neutral Zone
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons release Asante Samuel Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons announced today that they’ve released cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas. Nicholas, 6-3, 236 pounds, played in 101 games with 51 starts in seven seasons with the Falcons. He logged 397 total tackles (284 solo) with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed. Nicholas was selected by the Falcons in the fourth...
Via Pro Football Zone
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons cut Asante Samuel, Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that they have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerbackAsante Samuel. Samuel spent two seasons with the Falcons and notched 70 tackles (62 solo) with six interceptions and 20 passes defensed. Samuel, acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, was set to make a base salary of $3.5 million in 2014, the final year...
Via Sports-Glory
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons release Asante Samuel and Stephen Nicholas

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have released linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Asante Samuel. Nicholas, 6-3, 236 pounds, played in 101 games with 51 starts in seven seasons with the Falcons. He logged 397 total tackles (284 solo) with 10 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed. Nicholas was selected by the Falcons in the fourth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons Cut Asante Samuel

The first of many high profile cuts to come. Source tells @FOXSports that CB Asante Samuel & LB Stephen Nicholas were cut today by @Atlanta_Falcons — Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 5, 2014
Via BlackSportsOnline
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons free up cap room by cutting CB Asante Samuel

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports that the sources have informed him that the Falcons have released CB Asante Samuel and LB Stephen Nicholas on Wednesday. The post Report: Falcons Release CB Asante Samuel & LB Stephen Nicholas appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 05, 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...
Via cover32 - Falcons
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Martin exits with shoulder injury

Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin injured his shoulder early in the third quarter and was questionable to return Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Martin, who began the game as the NFL's sixth-leading rusher, was injured while attempting to catch a 16-yard pass near the left sideline. A side judge threw a penalty flag for an apparent unnecessary roughness on Falcons safety...
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucs RB Doug Martin leaves game with shoulder injury

ATLANTA (AP) -- Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin injured his shoulder early in the third quarter and was questionable to return Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Martin, who began the game as the NFL's sixth-leading rusher, was injured while attempting to catch a 16-yard pass near the left sideline. A side judge threw a penalty flag for an apparent unnecessary roughness...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons Struggled on Third Down in Opener

One of the basic keys to football is to keep the chains moving. If you do that, then your offense can stay on the field and get into a rhythm and the opposing defense gets tired. Last Sunday against the Saints, the Falcons weren't very good on third down on offense or defense. On offense the Falcons were a paltry 27% (3 of 11) and on defense they allowed their opponents...
Via Grits Blitz
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Roddy White Expected To Be Ready Week 1

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons coach Mike Smith expects receiver Roddy White (ankle) to be ready for Week 1.Fantasy Spin:"I think all of those guys (White, Stephen Nicholas and Matt Bryant) are on schedule to get back with us and be playing this week," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "That's what we are anticipating at this point in time...
Via Fantasy Football Champs
August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Projecting the Falcons' 53-man roster before Saturday

The Atlanta Falcons have until 6 p.m. Saturday to cut down to 53 players on their active roster. Here is a projection of the final 53, along with predicting the last five to make the roster and last five to get cut. Last Five To Get Cut LB Stephen Nicholas In his six seasons with the Falcons, Nicholas has started 48 games. But as the defense continues to experiment with multiple...
Via Fox Sports South
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Projecting the Falcons' 53-man roster before Saturday

The Atlanta Falcons have until 6 p.m. Saturday to cut down to 53 players on their active roster. Here is a projection of the final 53, along with predicting the last five to make the roster and last five to get cut. Last Five To Get Cut LB Stephen Nicholas In his six seasons with the Falcons, Nicholas has started 48 games. But as the defense continues to experiment with multiple...
Via Fox Sports South
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Five things to watch for: Falcons-Titans

Traditionally, the third preseason game is the most important. The starters play the longest and it also represents the only game for which the coaches game-plan. So here are five things to watch in the Falcons third preseason game on Saturday in Nashville against the Titans. 1. Linebacker spots up for grabs Last season, the Falcons kept just five linebackers on the active roster...
Via Fox Sports South
August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Fans enjoy scrimmage as Nicholas fights for his starting job

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Before a standing-room only crowd at Gainesville City Park, the Falcons conducted their first tackling to the ground of training camp, providing a little bit more of a glimpse as to what their 2013 team will look like.Much of the evening was a fairly routine practice, but for the last half hour the offense and defense scrimmaged. Head coach Mike Smith said that...
Via Fox Sports South
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons notebook: 'Spoon, Nicholas back in action

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons two top linebackers didnt participate in offseason team activities because of offseason surgeries, but both returned to the practice field on Tuesday for the teams three-day minicamp.Sean Weatherspoon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and Stephen Nicholas had surgery for a sports hernia, and both were able to do more than the team originally thought...
Via Fox Sports South
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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