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Falcons WLB Sean Weatherspoon missed 11 tackles out of 47 opportunities last season.

Weatherspoon ranked No. 39 out of 40 qualifying players in tackle efficiency at Pro Football Focus. While his 2013 numbers represent a small sample size, Weatherspoon has finished in the bottom 25 percent of 4-3 outside linebackers in tackle efficiency in each of his four seasons as a pro.
Apr 18 - 2:18 PM

Falcons MLB Paul Worrilow recorded a tackle on 16.1 percent of his snaps in 2013.

That's 127 total tackles in 790 snaps for the undrafted 'backer in his rookie season. Worrilow was just behind Vontaze Burfict's league-leading rate of 16.4 percent. Worrilow projects as an every-down player in 2014. He remains squarely on the IDP radar as a midrange LB2.
Apr 18 - 1:58 PM

Falcons signed FS Dwight Lowery.

Lowery, 28, started three games for the Jaguars last season before landing on I.R. with a concussion. He was then waived in November. Lowery has started 41 games the past six seasons but has missed 28 contests over the same span. The Falcons need a free safety after Thomas DeCoud's release, but we don't see Lowery being that guy. GM Thomas Dimitroff will likely draft a safety.
Apr 8 - 3:38 PM

Falcons signed CB Josh Wilson, formerly of the Redskins.

Wilson, 29, was a 16-game starter for the Redskins last season. He also handled slot duties in nickel and dime packages but was routinely roasted and taken advantage of in coverage. Robert McClain, Javier Arenas, and Wilson will compete for snaps behind starters Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant.
Apr 8 - 2:58 PM

Free agent CB Josh Wilson is visiting the Falcons on Tuesday.

Wilson visited the Lions on Monday. It's his first action of free agency after starting all 16 games opposite DeAngelo Hall and covering the slot in sub-packages. He turned 29 last month and was PFF's No. 80 corner in 2013.
Apr 8 - 12:27 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said it still bothers him that Atlanta's offensive linemen didn't go after Saints S Kenny Vaccaro when he laid a questionable hit on Matt Ryan in Week 1.

The Falcons have made it a priority to get tougher up front. They inked RG Jon Asamoah, a nasty run blocker with a mean streak, and re-signed C Joe Hawley, who gave the unit a backbone when he was inserted into the starting lineup. Atlanta could get even more ferocious by drafting Auburn OT Greg Robinson.
Apr 8 - 11:59 AM

The Falcons have informed free agent TE Chase Coffman that they won't be offering him a contract.

The Falcons currently have a gaping hole at tight end thanks to Tony Gonzalez's retirement. So the fact that they're done with Coffman is a bad sign for his flickering career. The 2010 third-round pick of the Bengals has four catches in 21 career NFL games.
Apr 3 - 9:46 AM

Falcons OT Lamar Holmes projects as a backup this season.

The Falcons spent last offseason talking up Holmes as a potential Pro Bowler at right tackle. He ended up benched at times and finished 75th among 76 qualifying tackles in PFF's grades. The Falcons desperately need to draft offensive line help as they try to rehab their running game and keep Matt Ryan upright. Ryan was sacked 44 times last season, tied for third-most in the league.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 3 - 9:05 AM

Falcons third-year G/C Peter Konz says he's been "living in the weight room" this offseason and has put on additional weight.

Konz, the 55th overall pick in the 2012 draft, started 15 games last season but lost his center job to Joe Hawley. The Falcons added RG Jon Asamoah in free agency, so Konz is going to have to beat out Hawley if he wants to start. Konz has been pushed around far too easily as both a run and pass blocker.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 1 - 8:50 AM

Falcons re-signed restricted free agent CB Robert McClain to a one-year, $1.431 million contract.

McClain would have cost another team a seventh-round pick to sign. Barring an upgrade in the draft, he'll return as the Falcons' slot corner. Atlanta's defensive strength is in the secondary, where impressive sophomore perimeter CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford play on the outside of McClain.
Mar 28 - 6:35 PM

Coach Mike Smith threw support behind Steven Jackson, even though he turns 31 in July.

"Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," Smith said. Jackson tore his hamstring in Week 2. Additionally, he was running behind one of the NFL's worst lines. The Falcons added mauling RG Jon Asamoah and will get LT Sam Baker (knee) back but still need a right tackle. Jackson averaged just 3.5 YPC in 2013. Atlanta is expected to draft a running back.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 9:22 AM

Falcons DE/LB Kroy Biermann (Achilles) has begun on-field work.

Biermann blew out his Achilles during Week 2 of last season. He's ahead of schedule and figures to be near full strength by the time training camp rolls around. Biermann is a valuable and versatile piece in Mike Nolan's hybrid scheme.
Mar 26 - 11:27 AM

Falcons coach Mike Smith stated at the league meetings that Julio Jones (foot surgery) is "running and ahead of schedule."

Jones underwent surgery last October, and the Falcons have been confident in his recovery ever since despite this being his second foot fracture since entering the pros. The Falcons figure to take it easy on Jones during OTAs, but he should be full-go by training camp. Jones just turned 25 years old.
Mar 26 - 8:17 AM

Falcons DT Corey Peters (Achilles) expects to be ready for the start of the season.

Peters suffered a torn Achilles' in Week 16 and is facing another 4-6 months of rehab. He hasn't had any setbacks, but remains a candidate to open training camp on the PUP list. If healthy, Peters will open the season opposite a rotation of Jonathan Babineaux, Paul Soliai, and Peria Jerry.
Mar 22 - 6:03 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Falcons will retain Osi Umenyiora for the 2014 season.

There had been reports Umenyiora would either have to restructure or be released, but those reports were unfounded. Umenyiora was productive his first year in Atlanta, notching 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception despite being limited to a situational pass-rusher after the Falcons fell out of contention. He will likely continue that situational role in 2014.
Mar 22 - 1:07 PM


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